Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle has been installed as the fifth Archbishop of Cape Coast with a call to the clergy and the Religious to be ever ready for any kind of missionary work. The installation Mass which took place at the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, happened in the presence of many bishops, priests, vowed Religious, lay faithful and government representatives.
On, 11th May 2018 the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, gave a press conference at which he issued the following statement: “His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Grace Archbishop Matthias Nketsiah of Cape Coast and has appointed His Grace Most Rev. Charles Palmer Buckle as the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast”.
This statement has given rise to a lot of misunderstanding, confusion and anxiety among many Catholics and the media houses. At the centre of all this is the use of the word “resignation”. Why has Archbishop Nketsiah resigned? Is he no longer happy being an archbishop? Has he done something wrong in the Church or in the Archdiocese which is causing him to resign? Is he running away from his work as a shepherd? Will he cease to be an archbishop? The answer to each of these questions is an emphatic No. The word “resign” in this context should not be taken in the normal secular sense in which one can resign from one’s work or job for any of the above reasons. In the context of the Catholic Church, when a bishop resigns, he does so on the grounds that he has attained the age stipulated by church law for bishops to retire (i.e. 75) or ill health. Moreover, unlike the secular usage, when a bishop resigns, he does not cease to be a bishop. He is still a bishop, but he is no longer in charge of the diocese.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah has ordained eight deacons as Catholic priests at Apam in the Central Region of Ghana. The solemn and colorful ceremony which brought together family members, well wishers, Religious Sisters and Brothers, seminarians and a host of others also had Most Rev. Peter Paul Angkyer and many priests as concelebrants.
Five priests from the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast and a priest from the Sekondi Takoradi Diocese have marked their 25 years of priestly ordination at Pedu Seminary with a solemn Thanksgiving Mass. The celebration which brought together family members and many well-wishers had Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah in attendance.
Giving the homily, the Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Isaac Ebo-Blay said that the celebration of a Jubilee is a time of joy, liberation, reconciliation, forgiveness and love and so the occasion of their anniversary had brought a great joy to the Archdiocese and beyond. Father, however, admitted that their call like those of Isaiah and the apostles had not been without trepidation and uncertainty. The God who chose them knew their weakness yet he went ahead to call them.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah has raised the St. John the Evangelist Quasi Parish at Abrem Agona near Elmina to the status of a parish with Rev. Fr. Edward Yaw Gyasi as its first Parish Priest. According to the newly installed Parish Priest, Fr. Gyasi, the announcement to carve out some outstation churches under the Elmina parish for the newly created parish was made on 25th May, 2016 by the Archbishop. The inauguration, however, took place during a solemn celebration of the Holy Mass presided over by the Archbishop with other concelebrants. After the reception of Holy Communion, the Archbishop read the letter of inauguration and subsequently installed Rev Fr. Edward Gyasi as the Parish Priest.
A book entitled ‘ Catholic Social Doctrine At A Glance- Principles, Messages And Impact on Development’ authored by Sir Kt. Dr Lawrence A. Honny has been launched at the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary with a call on Catholics and the society as a whole to apply the teachings in such documents in their developmental plans.
The author, Sir Dr. Honny said at the launch that his objective for writing the book was informed by a desire to correct the misconception people have that the Social Doctrine of the Church merely promotes the Catholic faith with no real message for others who do not profess the faith. He says that even though the Teachings are based on the Theology and Doctrine of the Catholic Church, it is far from a narrow profession of faith but rather deals with the development of the individual and human society.
The Christian Health Association of Ghana, CHAG for short, has organized a one-day seminar for the youth of Christian denominations in Cape Coast, Central Region of Ghana. The Seminar which was coordinated by the Executive Secretary for health in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, Rev. Fr. Daniel Neyoh, was under the theme: ‘Mental Health, Everybody’s Issue/Concern’.
One of the Resource Persons, Mr. Isaac Budu-Hayford of the Ankaful Psychiatry Hospital, took participants who were mainly young men and women through a host of issues regarding mental health issues.
The Archdiocese of Cape Coast, under the auspices of the Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, has launched the Jubilee Year of Mercy at Mary Queen of Peace Parish at Fourth Ridge. The occasion brought together clergy, religious and delegates from all the parishes.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Abequaye, the Assistant Secretary General to the Ghana Bishops Conference who is also a member of the presbyterium, gave a brief overview of the Jubilee explaining parts of the document establishing the Year to the participants at the launch. He told the gathering about the need for every parish in the Archdiocese to draw up their own programmes which would fit into the Archdiocesan one so that the faithful could derive the full benefits of the Jubilee.
CAPE COAST GETS FIVE DEACONS
The Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, has ordained five acolytes into the Order of Diaconate for the Archdiocese. The celebration which took place at St. John the Baptist Parish, Saltpond was attended by many people among whom were the parents and friends of the candidates as well as priests and Religious.
Delivering the homily, the Archbishop said that the diaconate state is God’s unmerited gift to them and so they should cherish and use it to serve the Church. ‘ You should always remember that your call requires you to help build the Church’, the Bishop told them. Archbishop Nketsiah further told the would be deacons to cultivate the virtue of humility as they undertake their apostolate of service in the Church. ‘ As deacons, you should live the faith you profess, imitate the apostles and live what you preach’, the Bishop said.