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.
A ceremony has been held at the premises of St. Gregory Catholic Hospital at Buduburam in the Central Region to dedicate a mortuary which had been built by the Archdiocese of Cape Coast. The facility which was put with a loan facility from the Investment Office of the Archdiocese is meant to cater for the dead in around the community according to the Investment Director, Very Rev. Fr. James Essuon.
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.
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.