Anyone seen my hat? parish priest laments theft from car

2012-06-07 00:00

IF anyone finds Allan Moss’s missing Mexican hat, he’d like it back, please.

Moss (71), the parish priest of St Mary’s Church in Langalibalele Street, lost his “special” hat in a recent burglary.

Moss bought the broad-brim felt hat 12 years ago when he went to Mexico for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate conference.

“It’s not about what I paid for it, but about the memorable meeting where I saw a church in action,” said the Roman Catholic priest.

“It was practical, whether it was a hot or rainy day. The hat was my umbrella, especially when I prayed outside the church. I wore it because it keeps the sun and the rain off my head.”

He woke up one morning recently to find out that his car had been broken into.

“They stole my car radio, spare wheel and battery, but worst of all, they stole my hat. What made it worse is that when I reported to the police they were not interested in my stolen hat.”

They also stole the licence disc from the windscreen. The insurance covered everything except his hat.

“I found no sympathy from the police or the insurance company. Not even from my relatives. I told them what had happened and they said, ‘Thank God you’re still alive’,” he smiled.

Moss told The Witness that it had been the first time that he had left his hat in the car, having come home late from a hospital call.

“It was like the devil was waiting to take my hat.”

The good news is that Moss will be returning to Mexico next month to lead a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico, and one of his stops will be at a hat store.

“I didn’t want to lose this hat because I had a dream that I’d be buried with it.”

Shirley Dale, a parishioner, said Moss had a good sense of humour, and that he was well known for his hat.

He has promised to reward whoever returns his hat with a prayer.

• gabisile.ngcobo@witness.co.za

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