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MSC India crash priest

Father Anthony Prem Kumar

With thanks to Malcolm Fyfe MSC for this news.

One of our pluckier Indian MSCs, Father Anthony Prem Kumar, has been for some years now working alongside members of the Spanish Province in Paraguay. (Father Jaya Kumar Raju Pasala, also from MSC INDIA, has been working there even longer.)

On New Year’s Day, Father APK was involved in a car accident.

Dutifully he wrote to Father Charles Babu, his Union Superior in India, as follows:

“Hi Fr. Charles, How are you? I don’t know where to start but I met with an accident in the vehicle that I was driving while on my way to celebrate a Mass in one of the substations on 1st January. Thank God I escaped with just injuries to my ribs, but I am fine. I am immensely grateful to the mercy of God that I am spared to live some more years. Please pray for me and I just want to let you know that I am doing OK and am having bedrest to get better. Thanks for your support and prayers. Kindly ask everyone’s prayers as well. Good luck for you in 2019.”

MSC India Paraguay priest

Father Jaya Kumar Raju Pasala

In announcing the event to members of the Indian Union and others, Father Charles writes:

Dear confreres. I write to inform you that Fr. Anthony Prem Kumar met with an accident in Paraguay. Fortunately, the accident was not fatal: by God’s Providence, he was almost miraculously saved with few injuries. Please keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery…”

The photo tells it all! 

MSC India wrecked ccar

So what shall we say of Father Anthony Prem Kumar?  Plucky and lucky.

Reports I have indicate that both Fathers APK and JKRP are doing great work in Paraguay and are greatly appreciated and loved by the local people there.

Best wishes to both of them for the New Year and a rapid recovery for Father APK!