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.
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.
The Institute of Continuing Formation, ICF for short, located in Elmina in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, has marked its silver jubilee anniversary with a solemn Thanksgiving Mass presided over by His Excellency, Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana. The anniversary Mass which was attended by many Men and Women Religious, was concelebrated by the host Bishop, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast and Most Rev. John Bonnaventure Kwofie (C.S.S.P), the Bishop of Sekondi –Takoradi Diocese and many priests as well.