The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle has presided over an ordination ceremony in which thirteen (13) young men were ordained into the Holy Roman Catholic Priesthood at St. Teresa’s Minor Seminary, Amisano. The ceremony which was well attended by mainly priests from the Archdiocese, took place under strict adherence to the Covid-19 safety protocols and it was the first time the Archbishop was ordaining candidates since his appointment as the Shepherd of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.
1. Introductory greeting: Christ has risen! He has risen indeed. Halleluiah! Halleluiah!! Halleluiah!!! . I greet you in these words because we are still within the holy season of Easter, the forty days that the Risen Lord Jesus Christ spent with his disciples after his Resurrection from the tomb.
Dearly beloved in Christ Jesus, today, Monday, May 18, 2020, is a very special day for us in the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast, because exactly 140 years ago, Rev. Fr. Auguste MOREAU and Rev. Fr. Eugene MURAT of the Society of African Missions (SMA), landed at Nkwaduado near the Elmina Castle, sent by the Superior General of the SMA (or Peres Lyonnais, as they were first known) Rev. Fr. Augustin PLANQUE at the behest of Sir James MARSHALL to Propaganda Fide, to re-open the Catholic Mission in the then Gold Coast.
BY: Fr. Charles Arthur
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, has ordained 13 young men into the Order of Deacons with a call on them to be Christ-like in the discharge of their duties. The call was made in his homily at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Moree, where he presided over the diaconate ordination Mass with a number of Priests and the Archbishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah as concelebrants.
The Archbishop in his homily, underscored the important role of the ministry of deacons in the Church as he made reference to the first and second readings of the celebration ( Num. 3:5-13 and Acts. 6:1-7) where the duties of deacons are alluded to. In the Book of Numbers, ‘ the Lord specifically tells Moses to bring the tribe of Levi to Aaron the Priest to be his assistants.’ This, according to the Archbishop, indicates one of the functions of a deacon in the Catholic. Deacons are ordained to assist the Bishop and priests of a diocese as they carry out their priestly ministry. Among other functions of the deacon according to the Archbishop, is a call to service. He told them that they had been chosen to serve the Church and they had to undertake that duty in simplicity, humility and with a heart full of charity.
The following is the Pope’s message for the 53rd World Day of Social Communications, which this year will be held in many countries on Sunday 2 June, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord:
Message of the Holy Father
«We are members one of another» (Eph 4:25).
From social network communities to the human community
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Ever since the internet first became available, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all. With this Message, I would like to invite you once again to reflect on the foundation and importance of our being-in-relation and to rediscover, in the vast array of challenges of the current communications context, the desire of the human person who does not want to be left isolated and alone.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle has ended a three-day pastoral visit to the cradle of the Catholic faith in Ghana, St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina with a call on Christians to remain steadfast in all their Christian life. The Archbishop who was given a rousing welcome by the parishioners, was full of praise for the faithful whose forefathers and mothers accepted the Catholic faith in Ghana for the first time and have kept same till now. The occasion was also used to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 174 candidates.
NAME OF PRIEST PARISH/INSTITUTION
- Very Rev. Fr. George Opoku Danso (PP) Stephen, DunkwA-On-Offin
- Fr. Peter Paul Donkoh (PV) St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
- Fr. James Yaw Nkum (PV) St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
- Fr. Ebenezer Arthur (PV) St. Edward, Jukwa
- FR. Samuel Conduah (PP) Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
- FR. Benjamin Agyeman Duah (PV) Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
- Fr. George Tandoh (PV) Assumption of Mary, Katakyiase Nyankomasi
- Fr. Anthony Coffie (AG. PP) St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
- Fr. Francis Ansah-Mensah (PV) St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
- Fr. Patrick R. Offin In-Charge Assin Nyankomase
- Fr. Anthony Boakye Affrifah (PV) Immaculate Conception, Assin Foso
- Fr. Collins B. Quaidoo In-Charge Holy Family, Foso Habitat
- Fr. Evans Afful (PV) St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina
- Fr. Bernard Ackon (AG-PP) St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
- Fr. Joseph Mensah (PV) St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
- Very Rev. Fr. Joseph E. Arthur ( Spiritual Director) Amisano Seminary
- Fr. Anthony Hayford (In-Charge) Benso Akropng under Agona Swedru
- Fr. Edward Gyasi (PP) St. Teresa, Diaso
- Fr. Theophilius Hagan (PP) St. John the Evangelist, Abrem Agona
- Fr. Sylvester Essilfie (PP) Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
- Fr. John Bernard Beecham (PV) Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
- Fr. Anthony Sackey: Chaplain, OLA College of Education; Lecturer, Pedu Seminary
- Fr. Augustine ESSel: Chaplain, Our Lady of Grace Hospital, Breman Asikuma
- Fr. Francis Oteng Dumfeh: Asst. Administrator, St. Luke Hospital, Apam
- Thomas Egyir : Chaplain, Archdiocesan Laity Council, In-Charge, Amamoma
- Fr. Charles K. Arthur In-Charge Asebu
- Fr. Alfred Danso (PV) St. Stephen, Abura-Dunkwa
- Rev. Fr. Louis Emil (PP) St. Joseph, Dawurampong
- Fr. Gabriel Addison (PP) St. Paul, Denkyira Asikuma
- Fr. Alexander Aboagye (PP) St. Raphael, Breman Brakwa
- Fr. Emmanuel Seli Adjine :PV & Teacher: Mary Queen of Peace Parish & School
- Fr. Joseph Morgan (PP) St. Lawrence, Abora
- Fr. Francis Nyarko Bamfo (PV) St. Lawrence, Abora
- Fr. Anthony Arko Baidoo (PV) Blessed Trinity, Breman Asikuma
- Fr. Paul Peprah (PV) St. Louis, Assin Darmang
- Fr. Louis K. Hammond: Chaplain: Aggrey Memorial, Ghana National, Sammo
- Fr. Francis K. Fynn Chaplain: Wesley Girls, Adisadel College, University Practice
- Fr. Joseph A. Abban: Asst. Financial Adm. & Sunday Mass at Ampenyi
- Fr. Joseph Damtse Crankson: In Residence: St. Anthony, Twifo Hemang
- Fr. Bonaventure Annan (AG Cathedral Administrator)
The Archbishop, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle in consultation with the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Cape Coast has made some changes in the pastoral assignments of some priests in the Archdiocese. The newly-ordained have also been appointed to their respective places of work. The affected Parish Priests will assume duty by 9th November, 2018. Meanwhile, the newly-ordained have reported since 19th October, 2018.
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.