BISHOP KWOFIE ERECTS NEW PARIS
The Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi has express edits gratitude to the Sisters of the Society of St. Anne’s for their dedication and service at the St. Martin De Porres Hospital at Eikwe for the past 12 years. In a homily delivered at the colorful liturgical celebration held on May 6th,2018 at the St. Raphael Catholic Church, Eikwe , Msgr.Francis Abuah -Quansah, the Vicar General on behalf of the Bishop and the Diocese praised the Sisters and also called on the faithful to imitate their virtues of obedience,service and selflessness.The Mass was concelebrated by Rev. Frs. Mark Anthony Nrenzah ( Parish Priest), Anthony Quarm (Hospital Chap-lain), Eric Eliason (Diocesan Health Director). Also pre-sent were members from the Hospital Board, Diocesan Health Board, Hospital Management Team and the Hospital Staff. The Society of St. Anne’s was founded by Thatipathri Gnanamma in 1874 in Kilacheri, Chennai (India).And they arrived in the Diocese on July 20th, 2006.Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi Takoradi on May 13th , 2018erected the Divine Redeemer Parish and also installed Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Andoh, SMA, as the first Parish Priest.The decree for the erection of the parish which was read by the Chancellorthe Catholic Church of New Amanful - Funkoe, a satellite station hitherto part of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Apowa, known by the Pa-tron, Divine Redeemer, has this day, the 13th of May,2018 been duly erected parish with a pastor appointed in the person of Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Andoh, SMA, byvirtue of can. 519".
In a homily delivered by VRev. Fr. Anthony Eshun, Dean of Apowa Deanery, he urged the parishioners todo all in their power to promote peace and unity among themselves. The vibrant and colourful liturgical celebration also witnessed the installation of the first PPCfor the twin parish composed of Francis Eshun, Ed-ward Annan, Mrs. Stella Cudjoe ( from New Amanful)as well as Nicholas Nsobiabah, Stephen Mensah and Madam Theresa Ibrahim( from Funkoe).The Mass was concelebrated by VRev. Fr. James Owusu Yeboah, SMA Regional Superior, VRev. Fr. Charles Yeboah,VRev. Fr. Raphael Mensah, VRev. James M. Mesu, VRev. Fr. Anthony Eshun, Rev. Frs . George Ansah, Michael Buah, Marcel Sikayena, Emmanuel Dolphyne, Bernard Abekah as well as Rev . Fr. Hippolyte Buhika, SMA. Also present wereRev. Srs. Monica Appiah, Juliet Kyaano( O.L.A sisters) and Nana Nkane IV (Funkoe) together with Nana Yalleh KwaoAsamoah III , Nana Kobia AtinkaThis brings to 64 the number of parishes and rectorate in the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi Takoradi
SEKONDI - TAKORADI DIOCESE HOSTS PROVINCIAL STUDY SESSION FOR THE YOUTH
The Cape Coast Ecclesiastical Province has held its annual Provincial Study Session at the St. Kizito Pastoral Centre, Apowa from the 20th to 22nd April, 2018.The session was attended by delegates from Cape Coast Archdiocese as well as the Wiawso and Sekondi-Takoradi Dioceses. Delegates were taken through topics such as entrepreneurship, government policy on entre- preneurship, identifying financial strategies and Marketing strategies.The thanksgiving Mass to climax the study session was held on Sunday, 22nd April, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Apowa. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dolphyne, the Parish Priest, charged the youth not to wait to be holy before responding to the call of God. He mentioned that "when you come to God just as you are, holiness will then be a consequence of your response to God.He further reminded them that the promotion of vocations must not only be limited to praying for vocations but must also include doing concrete things that will foster, encourage and support vocations.The theme for this year's Study Session was "Integral Pastoral Care of the Family in the Light of Amoris Laeti-tia“. The Provincial Study Session was instituted when GHANCYC decided to empower Ecclesiastical Prov-inces in the country to enable them form Provincial Youth Councils.The resource persons for the Study Session were Mr. Francis Ackon Boadu (Entrepreneur), Mr. K. B. Wil-son, Mr. K. B. Wilson (former Director for Ghana Supply Chain, Western Region), Mr. Stephen Blighton (Head of Economic Planning Unit, Western Region), and Rev. Fr. Wilfred Bebodu (Parish Priest- Tikobo 1
TEACH THE YOUTH TO UNDERSTAND THEIR CATHOLIC HERITAGE” BISHOP KWOFIE ADVISES.
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp ,Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi has called for the education of the youth in order to help them understand their Catholic heritage. He made the call in a homily during the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi as part of a four day pastoral visit to the St. Francis Xavier Parish, Prestea. The Bishop described the youth as 'the future of the church and society' and therefore charged the adults to ensure that they are educated in the Catholic faith. This, he said, will not only help the youth to understand the Catholic faith, but will also equip them to become teachers of the faith to their peers,and also, as replacements for our ageing catechists.The Prelate also asked the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) reflect on the following concerns , namely: the youth, the catechist, church lands and the re-organization of the Parish.The pastoral visit which started on Friday, June 1st and ended on Monday, June 4th 2018 saw the Bishop visiting Himan, Anyinam, Sankofa Gold Company and Golden Star Mining Limited. It also offered the Bishop the opportunity to interact with the faithful, as well as, the Chiefs and the Elders of the communities, and also offered him a first hand experience of underground mining.Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie also confirmed 149 candidates as part of his pastoral visit, and encouraged them to use their spiritual gifts for the benefits of the church.The Bishop was accompanied by Very Rev. Fr. Raphael Mensah (Chancellor). They were welcomed to St. Francis Xavier Parish by Very Rev. Fr. Raphael Eshun (Parsh Priest and Dean of Tarkwa Deanery) and Rev. Fr. Eric Anyidor
EDIFY THE COMMUNITY WITH YOUR GIFTS” BISHOP KWOFIE CHARGES CATHOLICS.
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp. Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese has urged Catholics touse their gifts to edify the Christian community and not for their selfish interest. He gavethe admonition while delivering his homily during the celebration of Pentecost Sunday on 20th May, 2018, at the Star of the Sea Cathedral, Takoradi. Bishop Kwofie further added that just as Jesus Christ was sent by the Father, the dis-ciples of Jesus Christ also ought to carry out their mis-sion as messengers in the manner and style of Jesus Christ. There is therefore the need to embrace the mission of the church given by Christ by all peoples.The Eucharistic celebration which was presided over by Bishop Kwofie, also had Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, Very Rev. Raphael Mensah, Very Rev. Peter Ekow Kaitoo, Rev. Frs. George Nii Brock, Marcel Sikayena, Bernard Abekah Paulus Afful and Martial Kuoame concelebrating. Also present were the “Chorale de l’Union de Cote D’Ivoire”; a Gregorian choir group made up of mem- bers from four Arch/dioceses in Cote D’Ivoire. This choir mainly sings in Latin, especially the Gregorian chant, aimed at keeping the Latin tunes alive.Bishop Kwofie also confirmed thirty-seven candidates during the celebration
The Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi, has held her 11th Congregation for the Conferment of Diplomas under the theme; “Teacher Licensing in Ghana; Prospects and the Way Forward”. The ceremony which was held at the Sr. Cornelia Connelly Hall on the 26th May, 2018 saw a total of 240 students graduating with 4 students obtaining 1st class honours, 57 students and 103 students also received 2nd class Upper and Lower honours respectively while 61 students had 3
rd class honours and 15 students obtained passes.The Principal of the College, Mrs Lemaire delivering her address which focused on academic performance, project interventions, infrastructural development and sports drew attention to some of the challenges con-fronting the College. These challenges include financial clearance to en-able the college employ critical staff as well as the stalling of works on the two storey Science Laboratory and the Early Childhood Center.She therefore solicits for help from the government to facilitate their completion. She further charged the graduans not to see their graduation as the end of their academic and professional ambition, but as steppingstones to greater achievements.Mrs. Gifty Kusi (Deputy Western Regional Minister), who represented the Western Regional Minister, affirmed the importance of Teacher Li-censing to the provision of quality education in Ghana. She stated that
“licensing of teachers is the path to ensuring quality that will ultimately result to the attainment of excellence in operations. Standardization is synonymous with quality and quality is synonymous with excel-lence
Teacher licensing will therefore help to remove teachers who fail to demonstrate solid knowledge of their teaching subject and prevent effectiveness in the classroom”.
A total of eighteen awards were presented to deserving graduating students from various sponsors. Ms Rebecca Assan emerged the overall best student with a total of 7 awards.The 11th Congregation was chaired by Dr. Newman, (National Council Tertiary Education.)Dignitaries who attended the program included Mrs. Gifty Kusi (Deputy Western Regional Minister), Msgr.Francis Abuah-Quansah (Vicar General), Dr. Betty Nanor-Arthur (Guest of Hon-our), Madam Henritta Eyison (DCE Ahanta Weat), Madam Faustina Coppson (National Best Teacher, 2017), ,Prof Eric Wilmot (U.C.C), Mrs Cecilia H. Quaye (Immediate Past Principal) as well as some priests and reli-gious from the diocese
ST. MARY’S MINOR SEMINARY CELEBRATES 30 YEARS A B APOWA:
The St. Mary’s Minor Seminary at Apowa in the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic Diocese has celebrated it’s 30th anniversary with a weeklong line up of activities (4th to 10th December 2017) at the Seminary which culminated in a mini durbar on the 9th December, 2017. Delivering his welcome address at the mini durbar, the Rector, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Conduah informed the gathering that the minor Seminary was established in 1987 by the late Most Rev. Charles Kweku Sam due to the surge in vocations to the priesthood.
Today, the Seminary population is 58. He also acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the Seminary Board of Governors led by Sir Knight Eddie Edwin Prah as Chairperson. Also in a speech read on his behalf by Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, the Vicar General, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Archbishop Jean Marie Speich thanked God for the Seminary and for what has been achieved in 30 years. He further prayed that the Seminary “continue to attract more young people to priestly vocation in order to promote the work of evangelization.” Msgr. Martin Essilfie delivered the keynote address at the mini durbar on the theme “the Role of Minor Seminary Formation in the promotion of priestly vocations in Ghana”.
Whiles acknowledging the contribution of the Minor Seminary in vocation promotion, he also reminded the gathering of some of the grave challenges posed by the Computerized School Selection System, the introduction of the Free Senior High School Scheme and thus invited all to come on board and fashion a program for the Lord. The occasion of the mini durbar was used to launch the new Seminary Campus which Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp intends to develop. This project when completed will cater for 100 students and will include a chapel, a multi-purpose hall, library, kitchen and refectory, 4 classrooms, 5 dormitories, staff accommodation etc and it is estimated to cost $265,001.25 (GHC 1,321,995.00).
The Bishop, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp used the occasion to thank the Board of Governors, the Rector and the formators, both past and present for their dedication and commitment to the Seminary. The Chairperson ,Mrs Patricia Poku-Diaby, CEO of Plot Enterprise Gh. Ltd. in her closing remarks urged all to support and help to execute the new seminary project by contributing to it.
Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp has stated that every child has the right to parental care and where there is a lack someone must fulfill it, in an address at the 10th anniversary and handing over of the Egyam Children’s Home by Mrs. Thea Van Den Bosch ,the founderess, to the Diocese of the Sekondi- Takoradi at a ceremony held on 17th January ,2018 at Egyam. Mrs. Thea Van Den Bosch assured the Bishop and the Diocese of her continuous financial assistance for the Home. Mr. Daniel Payne, the Director of the Home also said the Home though was registered on 19th October, 2005, it was commissioned on 29th December,2007 with 33 children by the then Deputy Dutch Ambassador , Mr. Michael Biekerns together with the late Bishop John Martin Darko, the Dutch Foundation and the Egyam community. The Home now has 66 children: 48 boys and 18 girls. Mr. Payne although mentioned inadequate funds for the education of the children as a major challenge. This notwithstanding, the Home he said has been able to enroll 8 children in Apprenticeship, 14 children in Senior High School, 10 children at the Tertiary level of Education. In addition a Teacher, a Journalist, a Nurse, an Accountant, a Statistician, a Supplying Officer, an Actuarial Scientist, two Seamstress, two Hair dressers and a Driver have all been produced by the Home in its 10 years history among others. The Corlaer College, Netherland also donated a new bus to the Home. Dignitaries who were at the ceremony include, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp, Msgr. Francis Abuah Quansah,VG; Msgr. Francis Yaw Tawiah, Very Rev. Fr. Raphael Mensah ; Madam Grace Odartey, Director of Social Welfare, Ahanta West District; Mr. Jonathan Gyan, Regional Director of Social Welfare; Dutch Foundation; Hon Barnabas Biney, representative of the MP Ahanta West; Mr. Kwame Makafui, Board Chairman of the Home and Mr. Christian Donkoh Board Member of the Home. Also present were Rev. Frs. Peter Kaitoo, Anthony Eshun, Anthony Yawson, Charles Oppong, Emmanuel Dolphyne, Isaac Ata Mensah, Benard Abekah, Paulus Afful and Richard Ounoha as well as Rev. Srs . Anna Amoo (Mother General), Emily, Mary Gladys Boakye, Patricia (FST Sisters). Mrs. Elizabeth Dadson, was the Chairperson for the dubar.
He urged them to be close to the sick, the poor, the needy and the aged of the association by helping and supporting them in good and bad moments. It was officially inaugurated at Saltpond on 22nd June, 1959 as a Lay Apostolate Society within the Catholic Church, tasked with the spreading of the Good News.
Sekondi is the first parish in the SekondiTakoradi Diocese to have the CWA established in 1959. TAKORADI: The SekondiTakoradi Diocesan branch of the Catholic Women Association celebrated this year’s HOLY FAMILY feast at the Star of the Sea Cathedral, from the 3rd to the 8th of January, 2018. He exhorted women not to STRIKE FEAR in their husbands but attract them home from their work places so that they don’t seek solace elsewhere. They should make the home a “haven of love and joy”.
The Bishop cautioned mothers-in-law to ensure that the marriages of their sons and daughters survive and thrive. Mr. Kojo Abakah, a marriage counselor , used the occasion to draw attention to the alarming rate of divorce cases in Ghana and called for love and forgiveness as the means of overcoming this challenge. The four day program was attended by close to 2000 members.
Bishop Kwofie urges women The theme for this year’s Holy Family celebration was
“MERCY THROUGH THE EYES OF WOMEN”. The keynote address was delivered by Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp at the opening ceremony The Catholic Women Association (CWA) was established (founded) by two Nigerian Nuns of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ), namely Rev. Mother Gertrude Watruocha and Rev. Mother Saint John, both of blessed memory.
“DON’T STRIKE FEAR IN YOUR HUSBAND”
LAITY COUNCIL DELIBERATES ON THE FIRST SYNODAL ACT IN THE SEKONDI-TAKORADI DIOCESE
The Laity Council of the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi recently deliberated on the effective implementation of the first Synodal Act of the diocese at the 23rd diocesan Easter Seminar held at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Apowa.
In his introductory remarks, V. Rev. Fr. Paul Appiah Himin Asante (The Diocesan Financial Administrator) who represented The Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie Cssp., encouraged the Laity to exercise their baptismal mandate in the world by putting their faith into action. According to Fr. Appiah Himin Asante, the diocese shares in the ideals of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who says that the laity are not only collaborators but also co-responsible for the ecclesial life of the people of God.
In a key note address, V. Rev. Fr. Raphael Mensah, the Chancellor of the diocese and a Lecturer at St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu gave an overview of the formation of the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi. Fr. Raphael briefed the Laity on the need for a first Synod which was held two years ago after forty years of existence as a diocese. He mentioned that there is the need to cast a backward glance as a diocese to see where we have come from, what we have achieved and what we could do to improve the diocese in the future.
He also mentioned that the Diocese shall provide opportunities for ongoing formation of the laity and this shall include general Faith formation on the doctrines of the Church, scripture-based formation by means of bible study workshops, seminars and other training sessions. At the local level parish priests shall carry out well planned programme for the catechists and the Societies in the church. He said Catholic parents should spend quality time with their children and take keen interest in their spiritual, social, and moral education teaching them to pray and making sure they understand Catholic Teachings and Doctrines. He finally encouraged parents to attend Mass every Sunday with their children and monitor them to receive the holy Eucharist when the time comes.
The organizers of the Seminar were the diocesan laity Chaplain Rev. Fr. Anthony Gyan, the diocesan laity Chairman Mr. Robert Peter Binney, and the diocesan laity Secretary Mrs. Grace Anane Yarley among others. The three-day Seminar also deliberated on the national theme for the laity for the year 2017: “Do this in memory of me, participation of the laity in the Pastoral care of the people”. At the end of the Seminar, the Laity Council made a donation of Food items to St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Apowa. The closing and thanksgiving Mass was held at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral Parish, Sekondi.
ON GOLDEN JUBILEE
THE DIOCESAN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL UNDER CONSTRUCTION - APOWA
Anniversaries are important occasions, for they not only remind us of important events, they also offer us the chance to reflect, to come together and to celebrate. According to St. John Paul II, “Every Jubilee year is like an invitation to a wedding feast”.
He continued, “the term Jubilee speaks of Joy; not just an inner joy but a jubilation which is manifested outwardly”. This joy is what will characterize the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi which was created out of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast on 20th November, 1969 with the late Most Rev. Joseph Amihere Essuah as the first Bishop when we celebrate our golden jubilee in the year 2019.
hance the missionary mandate of the Church. In this regard, ours is the obligation to sustain what has been achieved in this 50 years and to build on it by using it as a springboard for the future. Consequently, to ensure that the significance of this milestone is not lost to us as a Diocese, the Bishop , Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp ha s initiated a number of physical projects which includes a pediatric hospital and a new Bishop’s residence as concrete reminders of our Golden Jubilee. These monumental reminders a year away from the actual celebration of our Golden Jubilee are This will be a celebration of remembrance, where key personalities like our first three Bishops of blessed memory namely; Bishops Joseph Amihere Assuah, Charles Kweku Sam and John Martin Darko, not forgotten the many Priests and Religious Men and Women as well as the laity who committed themselves to this Diocese should be dully remembered and honored. This will also be a time ,when thinking about how far we have come, we will in all humility admit that our journey has not always been smooth sailing but we can confidently say that our God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful. It is our charge then as a Diocese to plan and execute programs that will enmeant to highlight the need for the Clergy and the laity of our Diocese to individually and collectively prepare spiritually to ensure a fruitful celebration come 2019. The Bishop has therefore constituted a Planning Committee to plan for the celebration. And updates on their activities will be given periodically. It is our Golden Jubilee and we are to celebrate but it should be with a difference and with the understanding that it has a bearing on the future direction of our dear Diocese. Let this be a celebration of the contributions and sacrifices that others have made to the faith we have today. And may it also remind us of the sacrifices we are to make in order to keep this faith unadulterated for the generations yet unborn. We cannot use the joys of our 50 years as an excuse not to clearly see and anticipate.
HOLY CHILD HOLDS 11TH CONGREGATION
MISS REBECCA ASSAN EMERGES OVERALL BEST STUDENT.
BISHOP KWOFIE Cssp. DECIDES TO PARTNER WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN A MASSIVE CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN
The Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie Cssp., Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi diocese, recently declared a “Diocesan Sanitation Day” which was a response to the synodal decision to be a front- player as a diocese to partner with the government of Ghana to help clean the environment. The Bishop paraded major streets in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis on the Sanitation Day not only for the inspection of the diocesan clean-up exercise in progress but also to actually get himself involved in the massive campaign of tidying the environment. It was a delightful scene when the Bishop in his “ready-to-work” attire and gloves witnessed several Catholic faithful both youth and adults who had sacrificed their time and individual domestic chores happily engaged in the public clean-up exercise in every corner of the diocese.
In an interview with Rock FM and the Youth of the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, the Bishop mentioned the fact that even though the Catholic Church exists to evangelize and to provide services in the area of education and health, She is also committed to her social responsibility of caring for the environment. He also said that a research he had read revealed that about 80 percent of the diseases reported at the hospitals in Ghana are environmentally related and Sekondi-Takoradi is no exception. He admitted that there is too much filth in our Gutters and the habit of littering about is getting worse. He mentioned that those who are paid to clean the environment still need the support of the masses to make society function properly hence the drastic social intervention of the diocese to help clean-up the environment.
The Bishop in conjunction with Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (S.T.M.A) which provided the diocese with sanitary facilities for the cleaning of public drains, streets, markets, road sides and open spaces declared on radio interview that if the environment is clean so much diseases would be avoided in our dear country. He therefore mandated the Justice and Peace Commission of the diocese to sensitize Catholics and non-Catholics alike on the need for environmental cleanliness.
DONATION OF A BASKETBALL COURT TO ST. MARY’S MINOR SEMINARY, APOWA
Mr. Travels Walker, a son of Walker family in Southern California, USA recently made a remarkable donation of a brand new basketball court to St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Apowa in the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. This kind gesture was in fulfilment of a promise made by the family abroad to send their son to visit Ghana for the very first time and to support the Seminary.
The Vicar General, Monsignor Francis Abua Quansah, the Staff, Board of Directors, Seminarians and Students of St. Mary’s Senior High School gathered to commission the newly donated Basketball court. In his speech, Monsignor Abua Quansah mentioned that Seminarians in Ghana were mainly introduced to soccer and volley ball since his time as a Seminarian and so the Seminary should be grateful to the foreign donors through whose gesture the opportunity has been granted them to explore other areas of sports and games in this era. The Rector of the Seminary, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nana Banyin Conduah who is also the first product of the Seminary to become its Rector said that Games and Sports are the two things that make Seminarians physically and mentally healthy. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Seminary, Mr. Eddie Prah expressed words of appreciation to Mr. Travels Walker and the entire family in California for the love shown to the Seminary.
EVANGELIZE ONE ANOTHER IN OUR BID TO PROPAGATE THE GOSPEL AND TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF JESUS.
Every year it's part of the Diocesan Youth council to put all the youth groups under one umbrella to pray and worship as one family. The Annual Lenten recollection was organized as part of the activities which was held on Saturday 11th March, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto under the theme mooted by His Holiness Pope Francis for the celebration of this year’s World Youth Day; “the Mighty One has done great things for me and Holy is His name” (Lk 1:49).
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoardi has admonished the youth of the Diocese to evangelize one another in our bid to propagate the gospel and to spread the message of Jesus.
In his message dubbed “youth evangelize youth” during a Mass to culminate the just ended Diocesan Youth Lenten Recollection where he attended as the Guest of Honour; he articulated that, the only way to evangelize was by our lifestyle and if it becomes necessary we add words.
He called on the over one thousand seven hundred youth who had gathered from the north and south of the Sekondi Takoradi Diocese including members of CATHSU to “arise and build”. He said that there was the need to collectively build our Faith, Church, Diocese, Nation and the World at large; and that as youth we should rise above parochial interest and seek the interest of the masses.
Vatican announces themes for upcoming World Youth Days
2016-11-22 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) The Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life issued a communiqué on Tuesday listing the themes for the next three World Youth Days (WYD).
The press release notes that the themes were chosen by Pope Francis “for the three-year World Youth Day journey that will culminate at the international celebration of the event to be held in Panama in 2019.” World Youth Day is celebrated at the diocesan level each year on Palm Sunday, with an international gathering every two to three years. The most recent international Day was celebrated in August, 2016, in Krakow, Poland.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming WYDs, which are taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke:
32nd World Youth Day, 2017: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)
33rd World Youth Day, 2018: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)
34th World Youth Day, 2019: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38)
The themes are a continuation of the reflections begun by Pope Francis for the last three World Youth Days, which focused on the Beatitudes. The Dicastery’s press release recalled Pope Francis’ remarks at World Youth Day in Krakow, when he invited young people to have “memory of the past, courage for the present and to have/be hope for the future.” The themes “are intended to give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey of the next three WYDs” and at the same time “give a picture of young people on a journey between the past (2017), present (2018), and future (2019), inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity, and hope.”
The Dicastery noted that the “path that is being proposed to young people can also be seen to be in harmony with the reflection that Pope Francis has entrusted to the next Synod of Bishops: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment
District one Junior Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John International within the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese
Biennially, the 1st District Cadet Commandery and District one Junior Auxiliary of the Knights of St. John International within the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese organizes a Jamboree to take stock of past events and plan for the future amidst Religious and Social programs.
This year's Jamboree was held from 19th to 22nd August 2016 at Sekondi College on the theme "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" Matt 3:8.
Among other things to were games, quizzes and military drill competition. Where certificates were presented to deserving commanderies and auxiliaries.
The Jamboree during its official opening saw lots of dignitaries both in the societal and religious circles.
The thanksgiving mass was held at St. Paul's Pro Cathedral, Sekondi, where Rev. Fr. Eric Elliason, who is also our spiritual director, was the main celebrant with Very. Rev. Fr. Fuakye and Fr. Ezekiel as co-celebrants
Participants departed on Monday 22nd August after a morning mass.
LonLon sonn Odo nkwaaaa
Sekondi Takoradi Welcomes Four Priest's in to the Lord's VineYard
Since it became a diocese, it has gained a number of priests yielding up to 155 and this year the diocese has produced four priests to add up to 159 priests in the Sekondi-Takoradi diocese. Namely
Rev. Fr. Kizito Erzuah Ehwie From Bogoso
Rev. FR. Benjamin C. K. Arthur From New Takoradi
Rev. Fr. Francis Mewoah From Kwesimintim
Rev. Fr. Ezekiel Takyi From Assorkor Esaman
The Ordination took place at the Star of the Sea Cathedral Takoradi 16th July 2016
In his sermon he said they must apply their energies to the duty of teaching in the name of Christ the chief teacher. They should share, meditate and let the doctrine and the example of their life attract their followers in the same way the must carry the mission of scarifying in the power of God. He said they should remember they were chosen from among people appointed to act for them in relation to God.
He explained the Ministries that seminarians have to go through at the Seminary. that is, Candidacy, Lectorship, Acolyte and Diaconate before ordination to the priesthood.
He said the task of the priest is not Part-time but rather full time. The priests must be ready at all times because of the people who have been entrusted to them and they have to continually pray for the people of God.
They have to attend to the concerns of the people of Christ and have to be ready in the morning afternoon and evening even night for the faithful.
He also said some of our faithful are losing their faith because they follow the so-called men of God. The faithful go to church not really because of the Service to God because they feel spiritually unsecured therefore patronize other pastors for what they call spiritual DIRECTION (Akwankyere) He therefore ask the newly ordained priests to let the doctrines of the church nourish the people.
What is so painful is our church members are following these people spending monies on them only to be deceived eventually. So our Priests should follow our members in their homes like the way the old missionaries did Home visitations by listening to the people’s confessions and to solving their problem for them and to give them Holy Communion.
Home visitation should be very important to our newly ordained priests to be close to the members of the church. They should go and say mass in their homes and unite god faithful together.
BISHOP KWOFIE RESUSCITATES FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH THE DIOCESE OF GRAND-BASSAM
Bishop Kwofie resuscitates friendly relations with the Diocese of Grand-Bassam as he receives Bishop Raymond Ahoua into Sekondi-Takoradi diocese.Thelate Rt. Rev. Charles Kweku Sam the then Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi diocese established friendly relations between his Diocese and the Diocese of Grand-Bassam in Cote D’Ivoire.
The cordial relationship between the two Dioceses enabled them to showcase individual cultures and to learn from each other.
Some priests and lay faithful of Grand-Bassam diocese used to visit parishes in Sekondi-Takoradi diocese to have practical contact with each other and to learn from each other. This relationship between the two dioceses appeared to have dwindled following the demise of Bishop Sam.
The present Bishop of the diocese Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, in the first year of his episcopacy initiated a new friendly relations with the diocese of Grand-Bassam. Bishop Kwofie visited Grand-Bassam with some of his Curia members last year April to open a fresh page friendly relations. He was happy with his visit to Grand-Bassam diocese.
Bishop Kwofie reciprocated their hospitality by inviting Bishop Ahoua to visit his diocese. On Friday the 15th of April, 2016 Bishop Ahoua was warmly received at the Elubo Boarder by some priests of the diocese and rested awhile at the Spiritan community in Elubo. The official welcoming ceremony took place at the Star of the Sea Cathedral premises.
Bishop Kwofie Officially welcomed Bishop Ahoua and his team of priests who accompanied him to Ghana. The cultural displays by the cathedral youth and the songs by the Holy Rosary choir made the programme very lively and exciting. Bishop Ahoua thanked Bishop Kwofie and expressed words of appreciation for such a rousing welcoming ceremony.
Bishop Ahoua spent three days in the diocese. He visited places of interest, some parishes and celebrated the Eucharist with the French speaking community of our diocese at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary.
2016 DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
HELD 0N 9TH APRIL, 2016 AT STAR OF THE SEA CATHEDRAL-TAKORADI
The Diocesan Women and Gender Development Coordinator (Mad. Linda Barbara Aggrey), who addressed the participant from all the parishes in the diocese, said Women Council forms greater part of the laity in the Church in Ghana. There is a need for every baptized catholic woman to be part of the Women Council in every Archdiocese/Dioceses worldwide.
Mad. Linda stressed on the theme Woman as “Sowers of Hope” Women should play a vital and meaningful role to maintain their children in Catholic faith. Upbringing of children adapting the doctrine of the church will obviously maintain our children in the church to replace us in future.
Women coordinator, lamented on our youth going astray against the holy teachings of the church, since some parent especially women were living their children to go to other faith. “Sowers of hope” Women should sow a proper seeds in their children and nurturing it gradually through prayers and regular teaching of the church so that they will not go contrary to the faith or the doctrine of the church, and surely God will answer our prayers to replace us in the near future for the growth of the Church.
Mad. Linda Barbara Aggrey entreated all women to send their children to church activities most especially the liturgical ones for them to be conversant or have knowledge of whatever we practice in Catholic faith so as to maintain them for the mother church In Ghana.
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO GHANA VISITS SEKONDI-TAKORADI DIOCESE
On the 22nd of April 2016, His Excellency, Most Rev. Jean-Marie Antonio Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana paid what can be termed as a four-day “Maiden Pastoral Visit” to the Catholic diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
The Bishop of the diocese, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie Cssp. gleefully disclosed the maiden pastoral visit of the Nuncio to the faithful of his diocese and it was well received.
Following the announcement of the Nuncio’s visit, the Priests and religious and the lay faithful of the diocese organized a terrific welcome package that awaited the Nuncio at the premises of Asempa Hotel near Kwame Nkrumah roundabout in Takoradi.
It was indeed a must-see occasionas several Non-Catholics supposed the diocese was receiving the Holy Father Himself. There was a great acclamation by groups of people as Nuncio’s flight passed over them and touched the grounds of the oil city.
The lay faithful danced their hearts out accompanied by a brass musical ensemble with the law enforcement escort leading such a euphoric procession to the star of the sea cathedral for the official welcoming Ceremony.
In his words of appreciation at the cathedral, the Nuncio admitted it was a kind of welcome gesture deserving of the Holy Father.
The second phase of the welcome ceremony took place on the evening of the same day at the Martyrs of Uganda Parish, Beach Road. After exchanging felicitations in the Church there was a great banquet to welcome the Nuncio held at the V. Rev. Fr. Kizito Abizi Parish Hall Complex, Beach Road. There were speeches in honor of the Nuncio as well as songs of praises by the Parish youth choir.
On the Saturday 23rd of April 2016 His Excellency Jean-Marie Speich had an encounter with different groups of people in the diocese at different times. He celebrated the Eucharist with the youth of the diocese at St. Peter’s Parish, New Takoradi and had a special meeting with them after Mass.
The Nuncio answered all questions posed by the youth and asked them why they are not going out to testify that they are Catholics. He mentioned to the youth that at the age of 21 he decided to choose Jesus and he made a very clear decision to follow Jesus. He encouraged the youth to do house to house evangelization and not be shy of proclaiming Jesus.
At midday, the Nuncio met with priests and religious of the diocese at the Star of the Sea Cathedral Hall for lunch and in-house discussions.
At 3:00pm he visited St. Mary’s Minor Seminary to interact with the Rector Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nana Banyin Conduah, the Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Peter Abel, the Board members of the Seminary as well as seminarians. The Nuncio dedicated the newly built divine mercy statue erected at the seminary premises to mark the year of mercy for the Seminary.
The next place of visit was Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Egyam. It was a historic visit which brought great joy to the chief and people of Egyam since for 70 years of its existence as Marian shrineit was the first time the Grotto had received the representative of the Holy Father in Ghana. The Nuncio expressed his joy for being the first Nuncio to visit Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Egyamin the History of Sekond-Takoradi Diocese.
The holy Child college of Education celebrates 70 years
The holy Child collage of Education has celebrate it 70years anniversary since its establishment.
The collage was establish in20th February 1946 when the first badge of the Catholic sisters of the society of the Holy Child of Jesus. A religious society congregation which was regarded as the first class teaching order for girls in England.
5th march 1946 the school was establish in cape coast as the Holy Child School and collage by the then Governor. Due to it increase in number the collage was move to Takoradi in 1955 at the Fijai Hills. It started with 70 young women and now boast of 859 students.
Since its establishment the school has been handled by 10 principal including the current principal, after the sister who started the collage, the first substance Ghanaian principal was Mrs. Lucy PeprahTawiah in 1981.
A speech delivered by the current principal of the collage, she said the school academic performance keep increasing and this is due to the hard work of both teaching and non-teaching staff and this has kept the school in high standard.
In some of the ongoing projects the school manage to construct its own access road to the school to give main entrance. And 5 classroom was also build to contain the increase number of student.
In attendance was the Chairman of the board of directors Most. Rev. Bishop John Bonaventure Kwofie in his welcome address he said not long ago the Holy Child senior high celebrated it speech and price given day and the Holy Child collage also bring to a close series of activities. He said all HOPSANS are happy to return to their Amar matter to see that the Collage is growing healthy and beautiful.
They have to feel proud because the collage is a pais setter in training of a new kind of teacher for our Country Ghana. This achievement is due to the selfless work done by the past and present principal, teaching and non-teaching staff and the Rev. Sister of the society of the Holy Child of Jesus who gave their time, energy and personal resources to work without salary, sacrifice to enrich the collage.
Present was the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Hon Samuel Okudzato and he said it is only through education we can archive social Justice, equity, and fight Poverty and diseases so he commend the catholic church the found sister for the vision of giving quality education to our young women.
He said those day when the nation was in reform it was the church who started education so he paid tribute to the Catholic Church for not only interested in our soul but holistic in the development of people in Ghana.
There was award present to the 3 past principals and student who perform in the last academic year
C.Y.O DIOCESAN MANAGEMENT MEETING
Diocesan management council meeting was held at St. Matthew Catholic Church ,Tarkwa. In all 22 crusaders and Senior Crusaders attended the meeting which discussed report from from the six deaneries namely ,Sekondi,Takoradi, Apowa, Axim,Tarkwa and Asankragwa .
Photos from Diocesan CYO meeting held in Tarkwa on 24th June ,2016