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Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese Rolls out  Social Media Policy 

The Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi has unveiled a comprehensive social media policy aimed at effective and harmonious online engagement within the Diocese.

 

The policy was presented by Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dolphyne, the DEPSOCOM Director of the Diocese, during a series of workshops for priests and religious members held from July 16-18, 2024.

 

The workshops, which took place at three different locations across the Diocese, commenced at  Bogoso for the Deaneries of Tarkwa,  Prestea,  Asankragwa and Wasa-Akropong. 

 

The Deaneries of Axim and Half-Assini had their turn at Aiyinase, while Takoradi hosted that for the Deaneries of Apowa, Takoradi,  Shama, and Sekondi

 

Fr. Dolphyne, the main facilitator, noted that  while social media can be a powerful tool for evangelization, its misuse could lead to misinformation, misunderstandings, and damage to the Church's reputation. 

 

He urged participants to ensure their online presence aligns with Catholic teachings and values, warning that personal opinions could be misconstrued as official Church positions.

The 19-page policy covers various aspects, including social media guidelines for employees and volunteers, content creation, respect for privacy, appropriate language and tone, confidentiality, and accountability.

 

It also addresses promoting Church teachings, avoiding controversial topics, citing sources, fact-checking, respecting other religions, encouraging positive engagement, and handling multimedia content.

 

Fr. Dolphyne stressed the importance of consistency and credibility in social media interactions to build trust and protect the Diocese's image and dignity. 

 

He also advised against using pseudonyms and encouraged the use of disclaimers to distinguish personal views from official Church positions.

 

The policy will take effect on November 24, 2024, the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe, and will be implemented on an experimental basis for three years, subject to revision.

 

Another workshop will  be organized on Monday, August 5, 2024, to introduce the laity and other affiliated entities of the Diocese to the policy.

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FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT

SEKONDI-TAKORADI DIOCESAN CWA SUPPORTS ST. MARY'S SEMINARY

The Catholic Women Association (CWA) of the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi extended their support to St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Apowa with a visit to encourage the seminarians in their formation journey.

The event, which took place on Friday, June 28, 2024, saw the presence of both Diocesan and Deanery executives.

Very Rev. Fr. Gordon Boadi Meizah, the Rector warmly welcomed the Association and expressed profound gratitude for the visit and donations.

He took the opportunity to explain the crucial aspects of seminarian formation, which include academic, human, pastoral, and spiritual development.

Opanyin Veronica Quarm (Mrs), the Diocesan President, delivered an inspiring message to the seminarians, urging them to maintain an unwavering commitment to prayer and studies as they pursue their divine calling.

Rev. Fr. Michael Owusu, Spiritual Director, encouraged the young men to excel in their academic endeavours and reassured them of the unwavering support and prayers of the Church.

Master Anthony Ampong, the Seminarian Prefect, expressed heartfelt thanks to the CWA on behalf of his fellow seminarians soliciting their continued prayers and future visits while emphasising the positive impact of their support.

In appreciation, the seminarians entertained their guests with Marian songs, creating a joyous and uplifting atmosphere.

The visit by the CWA underscores the importance of community support in the formation of future priests and the ongoing commitment of the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi to nurturing vocations.

The items included oats, milk, milo, water, tomato, cooking oil, washing powder, rice, sugar, garri, beans,  maize, toiletries,  rice, tin fish, etc.

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 25 BAG FIRST CLASS AS  HOLY CHILD COLLEGE HOLDS SECOND CONGREGATION

The Holy Child College of Education (HCCE) has held its second congregation and award ceremony for the four-year Bachelor of Education programme under the theme "Making the Newly Trained Teacher an Asset for National Transformation: The Role of Stakeholders".

The ceremony, held at the Bishop John Martin Darko auditorium on Saturday, July 6, 2024, brought together many educationists, traditional and religious leaders, local authorities, Past students, graduands, and their families and friends.

Declaring the ceremony open, Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi and Council Chairman acknowledged the enviable achievements of the graduands in their academic journey emphasising that they have brought prestige to the name of the institution with the laudable height they have reached. He commended the tutors for their diligent guidance and their parents for their generous support that enabled the graduands to reach remarkable heights.

The Principal of the College, Dr. Francis Hull Adams, speaking at the ceremony lauded the success of the graduands describing them as super accomplished students, who were best in terms of performance and could overcome challenges and grow.

Dr. Adams disclosed that out of the 312 graduands, 25 bagged 1st class honours while 148 received 2nd class honours Upper division. He further noted that 98 students obtained 2nd class Lower, while 38 students had 3rd class and the remaining 3 students had a pass. This, the Principal said was an improvement over the previous years. He congratulated the tutors and the graduands for such achievement.

The Principal said the school's student enrolment is 1, 238, and commended the harmonious relationship existing between the SRC and College Management.     

Dr. Adams also disclosed that the present teaching staff strength of the institution stands at 79, 35 teaching staff and 44 supporting staff adding that the quality of staff is improving. He stated that 14 tutors are currently pursuing their PhD in different institutions in Ghana and one has completed. He added that two others are doing their M.Phil while 8 others with master's degrees in Education are topping up with M.Phil.

He urged the graduands to inculcate in the pupils that they would be teaching the good morals and values they have received from the College. He encouraged them to join the Past Students Association to participate in the development of the College.

The Principal indicated that despite the striving of the College to become a leading centre for teaching and research, the College is constrained by several challenges.

He listed issues including overaged operational vehicles, the deplorable internal road network on campus, inadequate staff accommodation, inadequate halls of residence, and abandoned ongoing GETFund projects (300 capacity students hostel).

Dr. Adams made a passionate appeal to the government through the Regional Minister to assist the College with a bus to aid the teaching practicum and to ensure the rehabilitation of the internal road network of the College.

Prof. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor, KNUST, Kumasi, the guest speaker urged the graduands to be critical thinkers, creative, mentors, continuous learners, sharp minds, redefine leadership roles, ensure equal opportunities, inspire innovations, exemplary leaders, people of integrity, and above all problem solvers in the classroom.

Prof. Dickson, who was represented by Prof. Wilson K Abremkpa congratulated the graduands and commended them for the feat they have achieved so far while charging them to offer an integral and holistic teacher education by contributing their quota towards the development of the country as teachers and administrators to ensure a better Ghana.

Guest of Honour, Hon Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff of the Federal Republic of Ghana represented by the Hon. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister while congratulating the graduands with immense honour and pleasure commended the hard work of the management and staff of the College.

The Minister affirmed the importance of the theme stressing that teachers are priceless resources for transforming the nation urging them to motivate their learners to be better, people of integrity, critical thinkers, and capable of solving societal problems with creativity.

Addressing the graduands, he said that teachers have the capacity of shaping the next generation of leaders emphasising the need for them to be role models, mentors, and influencers.

Hon. Darko-Mensah stated that the government is unwavering in its effort and commitment to providing quality teacher education by improving infrastructure and reintroduction of teacher trainee allowance and urged other stakeholders to support the government effort by innovating and adapting their programmmes, creating a supportive environment at home and in the communities, ensuring life long learning and professional development, promoting inclusive and fostering critical thinking to keep teachers abreast of new methodology.

The highlight of the ceremony was the conferment of Bachelor of Education degrees to deserving 312 graduating students by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong ably represented by Prof. Ernest K. Davis, Provost, College of Education Studies, UCC.

As part of the ceremony, some graduands who excelled in their programmes of study received special awards. A total of forty-two awards were presented to deserving graduating students from various sponsors. Miss Racheal Weti Kuliams was adjudged the overall best-graduating student and she received 5 awards.

Miss Racheal Weti Kuliams, the valedictorian in speech traced their historical journey that has culminated in their success story while affirming with gratitude that the College has moulded and trained them not only to be professional teachers who would instil knowledge and implement the new curriculum, but also as young women of substance, groomed, and nurtured to impact the society positively as well as be the world's timely agents of change.

She expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the persistent and consistent help, support, and guidance of their parents, College Management, tutors, counsellors, and the overall inspiration from the college community.​

BISHOP ATTAKRUH CONFIRMS 35 AT INCHABAN 

The Most Rev. John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi- Takoradi has paid a pastoral visit to the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Inchaban.

The visit on Sunday, June 23, 2024, witnessed Thirty-five (35) candidates receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.

In a homily-themed "Remain Still in Times of Disasters and Troubles".  Bishop Attakruh emphasized trust in God during adversity.

He reflected on the story of Job, urging the faithful to recognize God's power and sustain their faith during trials. Drawing a parallel with Jesus calming the storm, he pointed out how fear and doubt often cloud our faith, encouraging the congregation to remain steadfast and overcome fear.

During the confirmation ceremony, Bishop Attakruh highlighted the significance of the Sacrament as a strengthening of the spirit received at Baptism.

He stressed the importance of readiness and worthiness in receiving Sacraments, cautioning against presenting unprepared candidates. He urged the newly confirmed to continue growing in their faith beyond the reception of the Sacrament.

The priests present at the Eucharistic celebration were Frs. Fobi  Ankoma,  Annan Darko, Damien Nketsiah,  John Baptist Ephraim, Peter Mensah, Alex Amponsah and Isaac Mensah.

JUBILEE CATHOLIC CHILDREN HOSPITAL(JCCH) LAUNCHES 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Jubilee Catholic Children Hospital in Apowa, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese has launched its 5th anniversary celebration on the theme: Strengthening Partnership and Sustaining Excellence in Child Health Care.

Aimed at mobilising funds to purchase an anaesthesia machine, neonatal incubator, and blood bank, the anniversary launch was held on June 20, 2024, at the St. Mary’s Boys' SHS Assembly Hall, Apowa.

Most Rev John Baptist Attakruh, Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese, Rev Fr. Dr. Francis Atta Aidoo, Diocesan Health Director,  Catholic Health Service Trust, Board Members, His Lordship Eric Daning Eqs, CEO of Ahantaman, Mr. Benjamin Afful-Eshun, AG Medical Superintendent, Dr Marian Afful Eshun, Queen Mother of Apowa and other dignitaries graced the occasion.

The Jubilee Catholic Children Hospital, located near St. Kizito Apowa, was established on October 16, 2019, as part of the Jubilee celebration of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.

The anniversary launch featured an appeal for funds, goodwill messages from dignitaries, choreography, cutting of cake, and unveiling of anniversary cloth.