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SEKONDI TAKORADI

DIOCESAN NEWSLETTER
A BI-MONTHLY PUBLICATION S E P – 0 C T 2 0 1 8

ISSUE NO. 8

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“DON’T BE INTIMI- Pg.


DATED BY YOUR 1
BACKGROUND”
-BISHOP KWOFIE

INTERVIEW WITH Pg.


BISHOP MICHAEL 2
KENNEDY OF
ARMIDALE DIOCESE,
AUSTRALIA

“ARISE AND DO Pg.


YOUR PART” - 5
BISHOP KWOFIE. “DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY YOUR BACKGROUND”
-BISHOP KWOFIE TO STUDENTS.
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp. has challenged students not to be intimi-
dated by their background in their quest for knowledge, emphasizing that in the
GHANCYNC HOLDS Pg classroom all students are equal. They should therefore not focus on their past but
AGCM IN SEKONDI 6 on what lies ahead of them.
TAKORADI DIOCESE

Bishop Kwofie made the call when delivering the homily at the opening Mass to
SEKONDI TAKORADI Pg.
commence the second edition of the Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic “Summer” School
DIOCESE HOSTS 4
PROVINCIAL STUDY
Program on 14th August, 2018. He reminded the students that the “Summer” School
SESSION is to compliment the regular school and also to prepare them to be reliable, honor-
able and honest future leaders.

During the opening ceremony, Miss Micah who represented the principal of Holy
MATYRS OF UGANDA Pg.
Child College of Education as Guest Speaker highlighted how important it is for stu-
PARISH HOLDS MAIDEN 10 dents to participate in such programmes during vacation. She challenged them to
FR. ABIZI MEMORIAL exhibit behaviors that are desirable in the society, to study hard and to avoid drugs
LECTURE
and exams malpractices.

This year’s Sekondi-Takoradi Catholic “Summer” School was held at the St. John’s
School, Sekondi. 103 Students from the deaneries of Asankragwa, Tarkwa and Half
Assini attended the program.
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INTERVIEW WITH BISHOP MICHAEL KENNEDY
BISHOP OF ARMIDALE DIOCESE, AUSTRALIA

Fr. Dolphyne (FD): My Lord Bishop you are welcome to Ghana and to the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.

Bishop Michael Kennedy (BMK): Thank you very much Fr. Dolphyne.

FD: My Lord, kindly tell us about your background.

BMK: I’m the youngest of seven children, and grew up in a small country town. I grew up in a very faithful Catholic
family. We attended Mass every Sunday, prayed the rosary every night together as a family, attended the local Catho-
lic school - there are many catholic schools in Australia.

Growing up in a country area, I had a very happy childhood. And when I completed my schooling, I became a school
teacher. I went to a teacher training college which is specifically for training teachers. And I taught as a school teacher
in a Catholic High School for three years. And it was during that period working as a teacher, my early twenties that I
sensed God calling me to the priesthood.

FD: So tell us about some of the incidents that prompted the desire for ministry.

BMK: Well, I think as a young man, I had become what I wanted to be - which was a school teacher. I had many
friends. I had a good social life. Life was enjoyable. Life was good. Yet, I felt very unhappy. And I found myself want-
ing to withdraw from that life. And from time to time, I could sense in my heart a call to deepen my prayer life. I
would attend Holy Mass more often, even on weekdays.

And it was during those times in prayer that I sensed God calling me to be a priest. I did not want to be a priest. I did
not want to answer God’s call. So I struggled with it for some time. And I battled with God in prayer. But then I came
to the conclusion through prayer that the best way to live one’s life is to be open to God’s will and to accept his
plans, rather than pursuing my own plans.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

The Catholic Diocese of Sekondi Takoradi


Will be 50 YEARS Next Year
Launching of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary is on
2ND DECEMBER, 2018
at the St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Sekondi.

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage


will take place at
Our Lady of Fatima Grotto, Nawuley
7th—9th December, 2018
BISHOP
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ESSUAH SCHOOL RECEIVES DONATION

The Bishop Essuah Memorial JHS in Takoradi has re-


ceived a donation of 20 dual desks at a cost of GHC
4000.00 from the 1998 year group in a short ceremony
at the school.
Making the presentation, Mrs. Gloria Hasford on be-
half of the 1998 year group said it was their way of ex-
pressing appreciation to the school for its contribution
towards who they are today.

On his part, the headmaster, Mr. Clement Afraine ex-


pressed his gratitude to them and called on other year
groups to also come to the aid of the school.

Present at the ceremony were Millicent Dasinor, Frederick Ackon, Stephen Aidoo, Gloria Hasford and Berna-
dette Sencherry (all from the 1998 year group)
Also in attendance were Rev. Fr. Dominic Nelson Tawiah, Marcel Sikayena, Mr. Clement Afriare and Mr. Abakah
Hayford (past tutor)

MPOHOR PARISH ORGANISES 3RD CHILDREN’S CAMP


The St. Anthony’s Parish at Mpohor has held its 3rd Chil-
dren Camp Program. The week long program com-
menced with an opening ceremony which had in atten-
dance the Vicar General, Msgr. Abuah-Quansah; Oman-
hene of Mpohor, Osabarima Kwaw Entsie XI; the Chief
Inspector of Police (Mpohor District); Faustina Yankey, As-
sistant Head Mistress of Mpohor Senior High School as
well as 150 children drawn from the towns of Banso,
Bopp, Estate, Amuzukrom and Mpohor attending.

The Vicar General, Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, con-


veyed the Bishop’s gratitude to the organizers and also
called on the children to take advantage of the opportu-
nity of the Camp to learn and make good friends. He also
presented to the parish priest a donation of an undisclosed amount from the Bishop to support the program.

The theme for this year’s camping was, “The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom”.

In her speech, Miss Cecilia Quaicoe, the Guest Speaker admonished the children to fear God and show respect
and obedience to the elderly. She further challenged them to care for the environment. The chairman, Osa-
barima Kwaw Entsie XI charged the children to be disciplined and obedient and also respect the tradition of
their communities.
CATHOLIC "ABATAN KUW" HOLDS 75TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE.

The Bishop of the Sekondi-Takoradi


Diocese, Most Rev. John Bonaventure
Kwofie CSSp, has challenged Christian
women to demonstrate genuine be-
longingness to their societies in their
parishes by living in solidarity with one
another to enable them share not only
in the joys but in each other's sorrows
as well.

This, he explained was necessary to en-


sure that the Christian Woman be-
comes a vessel of God's love in the
modern world. "Without love for each
other, whatever we do as Christians has
little meaning" he said.

Bishop Kwofie was speaking at the 75th National Annual Conference of Sts Anna and Joachim Asso-
ciation also known as "Catholic Abatan Kuw" in Nkotompo in the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. The
Bishop also commended them for the good works members of the Society were doing for the
Church.

The four-day conference on the theme “Living The Catholic Faith in a Modern World; The Role of
Women”, brought together 324 delegates from various (Arch)Dioceses of Cape Coast, Sekondi-
Takoradi and Obuasi.

Rev Fr. Ezekiel Takyi who spoke on the theme called on the delegates to strive to be faithful wit-
nesses of the Catholic faith in the midst of the crises and challenges of the modern world. He men-
tioned that even though the modern Catholic woman is surrounded by many challenges, he encour-
aged them to live the mercy of Christ.

Consequently, he urged them to imitate Christ's concern for the sick, poor and needy in our commu-
nities, and be generous to them. He further mentioned that in imitating Christ, Christians have a re-
sponsibility to know God, love God, serve God and this will enable them inherit heaven.

The Catholic Mothers Association was the first ever women's society founded in the Church in
Ghana. It was founded in the year 1943 at Shama with Rev. Fr. Moonen, SMA, Mrs. Rose Dadzie of
Sekondi and Mr. J.E. Mussey as founding members. Fifty seven (57) new members were also initiated
at this 75th National Conference.

In attendance at the conference were Mrs. Gladys Sam, Chairperson, Rev. Frs. Margaret Mesu, Em-
manuel Dolphyne, Francis Davis, Ezekiel Takyi, Mrs. Joana Akoto as well as the National and Diocesan
Executives of the Society.
"ARISE AND DO YOUR PART" BISHOP KWOFIE TELLS CATHOLICS
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi Takoradi has chal-
lenged Catholic faithfuls at Agona Ahanta to rise up and do their part as co-evangelists. Bishop Kwofie said
this during the confirmation of 60 candidates as part of a 3 day pastoral visit to the St. Francis of Assisi Par-
ish at Agona Nkwanta from the 17th - 20th August,2018.

The Bishop recounted many stories of Catholic Churches in the Diocese which were started by lay people.
He therefore encouraged the faithful to see themselves as key players in the work of evangelization.

While bemoaning the dilapidated state of some of the churches in the outstations, Bishop Kwofie called on
the various societies in the Church to adopt some of the stations and help them build or renovate a church
befitting for worship.

The Mass celebrated by the Bishop was concelebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Raphael Mensah, Rev. Frs. Ezekiel Ta-
kyi, Isaac Atta Mensah and Richard Michael Onuoha as concelebrants.

As part of the pastoral visit, Bishop Kwofie paid a courtesy call on the chiefs of Agona Fie, Nana Eziaku 1V;
Upper Dixcove Traditional Council, Obrempong Hemaa Dekyi XIV; and the Busua Paramount Chief of
Ahanta, Otumfou Baidoo Bonsu.

He thanked the chiefs for their roles in ensuring peace and called their attention to the state of poverty in
some of the communities. He asked that they do more in alleviating poverty and other social vices to en-
sure the development of their communities. The Chiefs also pleaded with the Bishop to use his office to in-
tervene in bringing peace to the many protracted chieftaincy disputes in some Ahanta communities.

In addition, the Chief and people of Lower Dixcove Traditional Council in the Ahanta West Municipality also
honored Bishop Kwofie during this year's Kundum festival for the many projects he has initiated to develop
Ahantaman.
GHANCYC HOLDS 43RD ANNUAL GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

The Ghana National Catholic Youth Council (GHANCYC) has held its 43rd Annual General Council Meeting
(AGCM) at St. Kizito’s Catechetical and Pastoral Centre in the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. The theme for the
AGCM is "Integral Pastoral Care for the Family in the light of Amoris Laetitia."

The Vicar General, Msgr. Abuah-Quansah speaking on behalf of Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp,
Bishop of Sekondi Takoradi Diocese welcomed all the delegates to the Diocese. He expressed appreciation
to GHANCYC for the good work they are doing in the various Archdioceses and Dioceses across the coun-
try.

He encouraged the youth not to shy away from doing the work of God because of their perceived weak-
nesses. "Jesus knows all our weaknesses yet he still loves us." He added.

Very Rev. Fr. Samuel Ebuley-Afful who gave the keynote address, called on the youth to "recognize mar-
riage as God's own design for love and life." He said "in spite of the many challenges of marriage and family
life, it is a good sign that the desire to marry is still present among young men and women."

Fr. Ebuley-Afful urged the delegates to seek to understand the Church's teaching on marriage and family
life. "Read Amoris Leticia, Humanae Vitae as well as other Church documents to get a deeper understanding
of what the Church teaches. That way, you can instruct and influence other young people with sound Chris-
tian values" he said.

There were also goodwill messages from Justice and Peace Council, National Youth Authority and National
Laity Council

Also present at the opening session of the AGCM were Mr. Cyriacus Morrison (Chairman), Rev. Fr. Francis
Davis, Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Mr. Nick Tawiah, President of the Sekondi Takoradi Diocesan Justice and
Peace Council as well as Diocesan Youth Chaplains and Executives of GHANCYC
10TH NATIONAL LEGION OF MARY CONFERENCE COURT 86, TAKORADI CELEBRATES
HELD AT TAKORADI 10TH ANNIVERSARY
The 10th National Legion of Mary Conference has
taken place at the Archbishop Potter Girl's School in
the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi Takoradi from 22nd -
24th August, 2018. The Conference which was under
the theme " LEGION APOSTOLATE: OUR ROLE AND
COMMITMENT IN THE LIGHT OF MARIAN SPIRITU-
ALITY " saw 675 delegates (including Priests and Reli-
gious) attending from all over the Country.

The Chancellor of the Diocese, VRev Fr. Raphael


Mensah, who represented the Bishop, extended the
Bishop’s appreciation for the choice of the Diocese
as the host for the Conference.

Speaking on the theme Fr. Mensah opined that hu-


mility is the foundation of the Marian Apostolate. He
emphasized that this is the virtue Mary invites us to Court 86 of the Ladies of Marshall, Takoradi has cele-
embrace and to endeavor to imitate. brated its 10th anniversary at Our Lady, Star of the Sea
Cathedral, Takoradi. The anniversary was marked with
He further mentioned that humility makes us have a an Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Vicar
lowly opinion of ourselves, to refer all praises be- General, Msgr. Abuah-Quansah.
stowed to God and not to show off. He therefore
challenged the delegates to learn from the example Msgr. Abuah-Quansah in his homily encouraged all
of the Blessed Virgin Mary. present to strive to be obedient to the Word of God. He
also encouraged wives to be submissive to their hus-
The three-day Conference was climaxed on Sunday bands and husbands to love their wives as Christ loved
with a Thanksgiving Mass presided over by VRev the Church even to the extent of dying.
Raphael Mensah.
Court 86 of the ladies of Marshall was consecrated in
Takoradi in 2007 due to increasing membership in
Court 6, Sekondi, which at the time was the only court
in the metropolis. The first Noble Lady was Sis Elizabeth
Serwaa Antwi, now the Regional Noble Lady, Western
South.
LADIES AUXILLIARY #330 ORGANISES ANNIVERSARY PUBLIC LECTURE

The Our Lady, Star of the Sea Cathedral Ladies Auxilliary #330 Knights of St. John International, Takoradi
held a public lecture on 21st September, 2018 as part of activities to commemorate its Golden Jubilee. The
lecture was on the theme "The Role of Christian Women in Today's World".

In her address, Hon. Eugenia Gifty Kusi (Deputy Western Regional Minister) who was the Guest of Honour
highlighted the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible and charged the women to lead exemplary lives wor-
thy of emulation. This, she said will help them change hearts as actions speak louder than words.

She also used the occasion to remind attendees of how President Akuffo Addo has issues concerning
women dear to his heart. Hon. Eugenia Gifty Kusi therefore encouraged the women to get involved in poli-
tics.

Rev. Elizabeth A.S. Akuoko (Metro Director of Education) who was the gave lecture admonished the women
to appreciate and value their privilege as special creatures of God with a special mandate to fulfil.

Reflecting on 2 Timothy 3:1-7, she mentioned that the world js in need of godly women whose lives will
cause a positive difference in all spheres of society. She also encourage the women to love and cherish their
faith in God irrespective what situation they may find themselves.

The Guest Speaker also admonished all present to always strive to add value to themselves, and avoid un-
necessary comparison and competition.

The program was chaired by Mrs. Dora Ebo Newton. Present at the public lecture were Brigadier Gen. An-
drew Koomson (Grand President), Col. Charles Kofi Arthur (Grand Secretary), Noble Sister Angela Aba Yalley
(Grand Secretary, Ladies), Noble Sister Grace Cherubua Abusah (Deputy Organiser)

Also present were Rev. Frs. Nelson Tawiah (Parochial Vicar - Cathedral), Emmanuel Dolphyne (Diocesan
Spiritual Director, Ladies Auxilliary) as well as representatives from the various Societies at the Cathedral
Parish.
FIRST NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE OF THE HOLY FAMILY HELD AT TAKORADI

The Catholic Women Association (CWA) has held its first ever National Youth Conference at the Star
of the Sea Cathedral in Takoradi. The theme for the 3 day program was "THE CATHOLIC YOUTH; A
MODEL OF HOPE OF ALL YOUTH IN A CHANGING WORLD".

Delivering his talk on the theme, Rev. Fr. Michael Owusu, the Diocesan Chaplain of the CWA told the
youth that the world is changing and coupled with the advancement of technology, it is imperative
for them as Catholics to stand out. This he said was important because as Catholics, they have a re-
sponsibility to represent the hope of this generation. He further admonished them to learn from the
Blessed Virgin Mary, their patroness who also represented hope for her generation.

Fr. Owusu charged the youth to use social media to propagate the Gospel and not to promote im-
morality. He also called on them to live lives that reflect the gospel values.

On his part, Msgr Francis Abuah Quansah, the Vicar General of the host diocese extended the greet-
ings of the Bishop to the youth and the National Executives of the CWA and applauded them for the
idea of a youth Conference for young members of the group.

Msgr. Abuah Quansah then cautioned the youth not to take their baptism for granted even if they
were baptized as children. He said that baptism makes them special and very dear to God.
“Remember you belong to a special Church and this should inspire you to be models of good behav-
ior for others to learn from you” he added

The Conference ended with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Cathedral on Sunday 24th August, 2018. The
Mass was presided over by the Msgr Francis Abuah Quansah with Rev. Frs. Michael Owusu, Dominic
Nelson Tawiah and George Paa Nii Brocke as concelebrants.

A total of 1022 delegates from all over the country as well as the National and the Diocesan Execu-
tives of the Catholic Women Association participated in the Conference.
MARTYRS OF UGANDA PARISH HOLDS MAIDEN FR. ABIZI MEMORIAL LECTURE

A memorial lecture has been held in honour of Rev Fr. Augustine Kizito Abizi of blessed memory. The
lecture was organized by Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church, Beach Road, as part of activities scheduled
to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Fr. Abizi. The weeklong celebration took place from Monday,
27th August, 2018 to Sunday, 2nd September, 2018 under the theme "Dedicated Life to
Christ" (Colossians 3:17).

Monsignor Francis Abuah-


Quansah, Vicar General of the
Sekondi Takoradi Diocese was
the speaker for the lecture. The
Vicar General who happens to
be a classmate of Fr. Abizi re-
counted their days together in
the Seminary as well as their
friendship as priests. He re-
ferred to Fr. Abizi as "a good
friend, great pastor and coun-
selor who poured himself out
as a sacred oblation on the al-
tar of God."

Reflecting on the theme for the memorial lecture - "Melchizedick, You are a Priest Forever", Msgr. Abuah
-Quansah spoke on the significance of the priesthood. He said, "The new priesthood unlike the old is a
reality that is permanent, holy and legitimate." "A new priesthood has been established far nobler than
the old priesthood. Jesus by his death and resurrection has once and for all nullified the old sacrifice
which had to be renewed over and over again" he added.

Msgr. Abuah-Quansah further mentioned that Abraham's encounter with Melchizedek foreshadowed
the establishment of the new priesthood. Comparing the old priesthood to the new priesthood, he said
"unlike the Levitical priests, Christ who is the embodiment of the new priesthood is holy and unblem-
ished."

The Vicar General also encouraged all present to emulate the exemplary life of Fr. Abizi. He described
him as "a humble man of God who was deliberate, intense, loving and passionate after the things of
God."

The late Rev. Fr. Dr. Augustine Kizito Abizi was ordained a Priest by the late Bishop Joseph Amihere Es-
suah in 1976. He died on 28th March, 2008 in Rome at the age of 60 years and was interred at the
Apowa Priest's cemetery on 22nd April,2008. He was the first Parish Priest of Martyrs of Uganda Catholic
Church, Beach Road as well as the rector of St. Mary's Minor Seminary at Apowa. He also worked at
Tarkwa, St. Peter's Regional Seminary at Pedu and St. Paul's Major Seminary in Sowutuom, Accra.

Present at the memorial lecture were Very Rev. Fr. Philip Aku Tandoh, Rev. Frs. Isaac Kwe-
gyir Cudjoe, Michael Buah, Emmanuel Dolphyne, the executives of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal,
Parishoners of the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church as well the family and friends of Rev. Fr.
Augustine Abizi.
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So I submitted to God. I applied to the Bishop to join the seminary. And gradually, within myself, during my
years in the seminary, I came to fully accept God’s will for me. And eventually, I was so much happy to go all
the way to ordination to become a priest.

FD: Wow! What an inspiration.

BMK: But when I look back now. I can see that even as a small child the vocation was already placed in me. I
did not recognize it at the time. But now, I can tell that as a small it was planted in me even then

FD: From the family…?

BMK: Yeah, by God but through my parent, family and through a life of prayer and faith, God planted it there
at the beginning

FD: So having gone through the seminary formation, and now being ordained a priest, how do you see the
priesthood?

BMK: Well, I think at the time it will have been very hard for me to express it. But now, looking back I see the
Priesthood very much in an incarnation sense. It is a continuation of the incarnation of Jesus. It was through
His humanity that He brought people to His Father and to His own self as well as the Divine son of God. So
through His humanity, He brought people to his divinity.

And so I see formation to priesthood as a means of bringing out the best in the humanity of those called to
the priesthood vocation. Through the way they live and interact with people, priests are empowered to draw
people to God. So, I guess ultimately I see the priesthood in terms of that pontifex, that is as a bridge to bring
men to God.

FD: My Lord Bishop, now, along the line in your ministry as a priest, came the announcement from Pope
Benedict XVI Emeritus that you are the next Bishop of Armidale, what was your reaction to the news?

BMK: I felt surprisingly calm. I was working as a parish priest at the time St. Joseph’s in the diocese of Wagga
Wagga. After receiving the phone call from the Apostolic Nuncio, I went to the Church to pray before the
Blessed Sacrament, thinking I might have to pray for a very long time but I had to pray about it within min-
utes.

Within minutes, I had resolve to simply accept the will of God and do whatever he tells me, following Our
Lady’s words at the wedding of Cana; “Do whatever he tells you.” I had decided many years before that would
be how I would live my life; that would be how I would live my priesthood; and so I heeded the decision I had
made to follow the will of God

FD: So My Lord Bishop, what is your vision now as the Bishop of Armidale?

BMK: As Bishop of Armidale, I see my role as very much as a father. At the moment in Australia, we are strug-
gling to have sufficient vocations to the priesthood. And the priesthood in Australia is going through a period
where it no longer has the respect among the people as it once did. Although faithful Catholics still do have
great respect for the priesthood. So in that current climate in Australia, I see myself very much to be a father
to the priests; to encourage the priests, to support them; and also to ensure that we have sufficient number of
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That way, the people in our parishes can be ministered to and cared for pastorally. Without the priests and
without the Eucharist, our Catholic parishes end up becoming more like a protestant community, because the
Eucharist is at the heart of our lives and of our faith. So in that instance, I see myself as a father to the priests.
So a big emphasis of mine at the moment is the priests and caring for them, supporting them, encouraging
them.

Also in Australia, and in much of the western world, the family and the institution of marriage are going
through a difficult time. I see that an important part of the mission for the Church in my diocese at the mo-
ment is to encourage young people to marry sacramentally and to assist and support them in the raising of
their children. That’s my two emphases - the sacrament of marriage and the priesthood. Ultimately, it is more
upon those two sacraments that the future of the Church depends.

FD: Is this your first time in Ghana and in Africa?

BMK: Yes, it is. It’s my very first trip to Africa. I came to Nigeria. I spent a week in there. And now I’ve come to
Ghana to spend a week in here.

FD: How will describe the experience?

BMK: Overwhelming! I feel overwhelmed, every day of my visit. The extraordinary kindness, friendship and
welcome that I receive from the people everywhere I go is overwhelming. The sense of welcoming of a visitor
or stranger and embracing them and making them feel at home. It’s been my favorite thing so far about my
trip. I’m not sure that’s typical of all Africa, or of all West Africa.

FD: Thank you very much my Lord Bishop. Your last words to us…?

BMK: The main purpose for my visit here in Ghana as well as in Nigeria is because in my diocese now, we
have a number of priests from Nigeria and Ghana. So I’m coming to visit their Bishops , their dioceses and
their families. I am very keen to come and thank the Bishops their kindness, especially Bishop John Kwofie for
his generosity to allow Fr. Joseph Armah come and minister for a time in the diocese of Armidale.

And also to see Fr. Armah’s family in order to get to know them. I think if you know someone’s family, you
know the person, and the bond is stronger. I also realize it is a sacrifice for a family to have one of their family
go as a missionary to minister the gospel to the ends of the earth. I want to thank them for their contribution
for providing from their family a priest who is now a missionary in my diocese.

So, for my very final words, I will say thank you very much to the people of Ghana and in particular the dio-
cese of Sekondi-Takoradi where I am undertaking most of my visit and to encourage the people of Ghana to
continue your strong, hopeful and vibrant approach to the catholic faith.

BISHOP MICHEAL KENNEDY


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The opening Mass had Bishop Kwofie as the presider, with Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, Very Rev.
Fr. Raphael Mensah, Very Rev. Fr. Paul Appiah Himin Asanti, Very Rev. Fr. Samuel Ebuley Afful, Rev.
Vincent Dan Tieko and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Dolphyne as concelebrants.

Also present were Mrs. Rosemond A. Acquah (Regional Manager, Catholic Education Unit), Mr. S. M.
Morrison, Rev. Fr. Naana Eboo, Rev. Fr. Jerome Toku Appiah, Bro Stephen Aidoo, Mr. Kwamena Salia,
Sr. Joana Duker, Mrs. Fanny Donkoh, as well as some of the tutors, facilitators and Chaperones also
present; while Madam Lousia C. Aggrey was the chairperson.

WORKSHOP FOR PARISH ADMINISTRATORS AND PAROCHIAL VICAR HELD AT


PASTORAL CENTRE, APPOWA

The Diocese has organized


workshops for newly appointed
Parish Administrators and
Parochial Vicars. Both workshops
were held at the St. Kizito Pastoral
and Catechetical Centre at Apowa

The Participants were taken


through the Financial Policy
Guidelines , Concept of Sacred
Ministry, Canonical nature of
Marriage among others.

In addition to the bishop, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp., Resource
Persons for the workshop were Msgr. Francis Abuah-Quansah, Vicar General, VRev. Fr.
Raphael Mensah, Chancellor, VRev. Fr. Paul Appiah Himin Asante, Financial
Administrator, VRev. Fr. James M. Mesu, Priests’ Personnel Director.
ANNOUNCEMENTS!!!

LAUNCHING OF
DIOCESAN GOLDEN JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY

VENUE: St. PAUL’S PRO-CATHEDRAL, SEKONDI

DATE: 2ND DECEMBER, 2018

FUNERAL
ANNOUNCEMENT

With sorrow and a heavy heart,


The Bishop would like to offi-
cially bring to your notice the
sudden demise of our brother
and friend, REV. FR. FRANCIS
ANDOH.

Reqiuem Mass will be held on


Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at
the Star of the Sea Cathedral at
10am.

Please pray for his soul and keep


the family in your prayers.

For all your sachet water


needs, buy SAP

Sachet water produced by


St. Anthony of Padua
Catholic Church,

Kwesimintsim