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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Most Rev. Matthias K. Nketsiah has made the following Appointments which take effect from 4th December, 2015

Rev. Fr. Patrick M. Amos        Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, UCC                                    CHAPLAIN
Rev. Fr. Felix Quarcoe            St. Joseph’s Parish, Apam                                             PV
Rev. Fr. Jude Mensah            St. Edward’s Parish, Jukwa                                             PV
Rev. Fr. Anthony Nana K. Boadi        St. John the Baptist Parish, Denkyira Asikuma    PV
Rev. Fr. Collins B. Quaidoo        Immaculate Conception Parish, Assin Foso                PV
Rev. Fr. Athanasius Afful        St. Anthony’s Parish, Bawjiase                                       PV

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CAPE COAST GETS EIGHT 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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NINE ORDAINED AS PRIESTS FOR CAPE COAST

The Metropolitan Archbishop, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nktetsiah, has ordained Nine Deacons into the Holy Priesthood at Ajumako Bisease. The ceremony which attracted many priests and Religious as well as family members of the Ordinandi, friends, parishioners and well-wishers also coincided with the penultimate celebration of Centenary Anniversary of the Bisease Parish. The parishioners were overjoyed because out of the nine priests, three were from the Parish.

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SILVER & DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS OF SRS MONICA & MARY RITA

A solemn Thanksgiving Mass has been celebrated at the St. Joseph Minor Basilica, Elmina to mark the Diamond and Silver Jubilees of Rev. Srs. Mary Rita O’Mahony OLA and Monica Appiah OLA in Religious Life. The Anniversary Mass which was presided over by Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, was concelebrated by many priests and Monsignors with Religious Men and Women attending in their numbers.

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ARCHBISHOP MATTHIAS NKETSIAH VISITS SALTPOND PARISH

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, has paid a pastoral visit to the St. John the Baptist Parish, Saltpond in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to sixty-nine faithful. The visit which coincided with the celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, was attended by the entire faithful of the parish including the eight outstations under the parish. The Archbishop in his response to the welcome address by the President, Mr. William Kow Ampah, expressed his appreciation for the rousing welcome the parishioners gave him on his arrival. He urged them to show great faith especially in the Holy Eucharist in order to withstand the storm of life that would hit them. Mr. William Kow Ampah on his part, expressed the gratitude of the parishioners to the Archbishop for choosing to visit the parish at such an important Feast as Corpus Christi. He pledged on behalf of the faithful to uphold whatever would be experienced in the three day visit and be good and faithful Catholics at all times.

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POPE’S LETTER ON THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

Vatican City, 1 September 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, regarding the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, in which he reaffirms his hope that the jubilee indulgence will lead every person to a “genuine experience of God’s mercy” and explains that it can also be obtained by incarcerated persons. In addition, he grants to all priests, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the faculty to absolve from sin those who have resorted to abortion, repenting and asking forgiveness with a sincere heart, and establishes that those who during the Holy Year of Mercy approach the priests of the Fraternity of St Pius X to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation shall validly and licitly receive the absolution of their sins. The following is the full text of the letter:

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INSTITUTE OF CONTINUING FORMATION MARKS SILVER JUBILEE

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.

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