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 (PV) 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.
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.
Fr. Nicholas Amoakwa St. Anthony Parish, Agona Swedru PV
Fr. Emmanuel Akwasi Fynn St. Francis De Sales, Cathedral Parish PV
Fr. Stephen Afful St. Joseph’s Parish, Apam PV
Fr. Benjamin Agyeman-Duah Assumption of Mary-St. Paul’s Parish Kata-Nyank PV
Fr. Ebenezer Coleman St. John the Baptist Parish, Assin Bereku PV
The Archdiocese of Cape Coast under the auspices of Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, has commemorated the 25th Death Anniversary of the first Archbishop of Cape Coast Archdiocese, Most Rev. John Kojo Amissah (late), with two memorial lectures and a memorial Mass.The Memorial Mass which took place in the Archdiocesan Cathedral where his mortal remains lay was followed with a brief wreath laying ceremony. The first lecture which took place in Accra, was given by Archbishop Emeritus Peter K. Sarpong with Archbishop Charles Palmer Buckle taking the second at the Cape Coast University Auditorium. In all these lectures, the speakers diligently talked about who Kojo Amissah was, his ideals and convictions, his strong personality and his ever-readiness to defend the Catholic faith in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. The speakers underscored what he stood for during his life and they showed the relevance of his legacy to our contemporary days. At the end of the week-long celebration which saw the launching of an Educational Endowment Fund in his
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.