COMMEMORATIVE THANKSGIVING CEREMONY FOR THE 140TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMING OF THE SMA PRIESTS TO THE GOLD COAST ON MAY 18, 1880.

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.

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CAPE COAST GETS 13 DEACONS

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.

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Message of the Holy Father Francis for the 53rd World Day of Social Communications, 24.01.2019

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.

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ARCHBISHOP PALMER BUCKLE ENDS PASTORAL VISIT AT ELMINA

Archbishop Buckle, Archbishop Nketsiah and the Priests of the parish with the Confirmed

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.

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2018 APPOINTMENTS & TRANSFERS

NAME OF PRIEST                                                         PARISH/INSTITUTION

  1. Very Rev. Fr. George Opoku Danso (PP)               Stephen, DunkwA-On-Offin
  2. Fr. Peter Paul Donkoh (PV)                              St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
  3. Fr. James Yaw Nkum (PV)                              St. Stephen, Dunkwa-On-Offin
  4. Fr. Ebenezer Arthur (PV)                                  St. Edward, Jukwa
  5. FR. Samuel Conduah (PP)                                        Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
  6. FR. Benjamin Agyeman Duah (PV)                        Sacred Heart, Breman Essiam
  7. Fr. George Tandoh (PV)                                     Assumption of Mary, Katakyiase Nyankomasi
  8. Fr. Anthony Coffie (AG. PP)                                    St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
  9. Fr. Francis Ansah-Mensah (PV)                             St. John the Baptist, Twifo Praso
  10. Fr. Patrick R. Offin In-Charge                                Assin Nyankomase
  11. Fr. Anthony Boakye Affrifah (PV)                         Immaculate Conception, Assin Foso
  12. Fr. Collins B. Quaidoo In-Charge                          Holy Family, Foso Habitat
  13. Fr. Evans Afful (PV)                                            St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina
  14. Fr. Bernard Ackon (AG-PP)                                    St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
  15. Fr. Joseph Mensah (PV)                                   St. John the Baptist, Saltpond
  16. Very Rev. Fr. Joseph E. Arthur ( Spiritual Director) Amisano Seminary
  17. Fr. Anthony Hayford (In-Charge)                         Benso Akropng  under Agona Swedru
  18. Fr. Edward Gyasi (PP)                                             St. Teresa, Diaso
  19. Fr. Theophilius Hagan (PP)                                   St. John the Evangelist, Abrem Agona
  20. Fr. Sylvester Essilfie (PP)                                        Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
  21. Fr. John Bernard Beecham (PV)                 Immaculate Conception, Anomabo
  22. Fr. Anthony Sackey: Chaplain, OLA College of Education; Lecturer, Pedu Seminary
  23. Fr. Augustine ESSel: Chaplain, Our Lady of Grace Hospital, Breman Asikuma
  24. Fr. Francis Oteng Dumfeh: Asst. Administrator, St. Luke Hospital, Apam
  25. Thomas Egyir : Chaplain, Archdiocesan Laity Council, In-Charge, Amamoma
  26. Fr. Charles K. Arthur In-Charge                           Asebu
  27. Fr. Alfred Danso (PV)                                       St. Stephen, Abura-Dunkwa
  28. Rev. Fr. Louis Emil (PP)                                        St. Joseph, Dawurampong
  29. Fr. Gabriel Addison (PP)                                       St. Paul, Denkyira Asikuma
  30. Fr. Alexander Aboagye (PP)                                  St. Raphael, Breman Brakwa
  31. Fr. Emmanuel Seli Adjine :PV & Teacher: Mary Queen of Peace Parish & School
  32. Fr. Joseph Morgan (PP)                                        St. Lawrence, Abora
  33. Fr. Francis Nyarko Bamfo (PV)                           St. Lawrence, Abora
  34. Fr. Anthony Arko Baidoo (PV)                             Blessed Trinity, Breman Asikuma
  35. Fr. Paul Peprah (PV)                                 St. Louis, Assin Darmang
  36. Fr. Louis K. Hammond: Chaplain: Aggrey Memorial, Ghana National, Sammo
  37. Fr. Francis K. Fynn Chaplain: Wesley Girls, Adisadel College, University Practice
  38. Fr. Joseph A. Abban: Asst. Financial Adm. & Sunday Mass at Ampenyi
  39. Fr. Joseph Damtse Crankson: In Residence: St. Anthony, Twifo Hemang
  40. Fr. Bonaventure Annan (AG Cathedral Administrator)

NEW APPOINTMENTS

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.

MOST REV. CHARLES GABRIEL PALMER BUCKLE INSTALLED ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE COAST

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.

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ARCHBISHOP MATTHIAS NKETSIAH’S RESIGNATION

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.

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ARCHBISHOP NKETSIAH ORDAINS EIGHT AS PRIESTS

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.

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