The bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, has blessed and dedicated a Grotto of Our Lady at Etwiso-Yoyim, near Nkurakan in the Yilo Krobo district of the Eastern Region. The grotto, dedicated to Our Lady, Cause of our Joy, was began in 2012 and has since seen tremendous improvement in its development. In his homily, the bishop urged all Catholics never to be afraid to have recourse to the ever blessed Virgin Mary. He encouraged all to have a daily devotion to Mary, praying the Rosary regularly. He wants everyone to go to Mary and tell her "I want to learn your humility and faith in God"; to go to her and "submit all your challenging moments in life to her". Again, he called on all to entrust our nation Ghana to her patronage, that she may be behind our leaders, pastors and religious leaders; and to entrust to her families that are struggling and, over and above all, the youth of this country, that they may follow her example of chastity.
Priests, religious Sisters and thousands of Catholic faithful from across the diocese were in attendance. May Mary intercede for us always!
Last Updated: Saturday, 15 August 2015 21:20
Our lady, Cause of Our Joy Grotto is a prayer Centre located at Etwiso-Yoyim, a village situated two and half kilometers from Nkurakan. It was establishment in 2013 by St. Stephen Quasi-Parish, Nkurakan to serve the prayer needs of Parishioners and beyond. It covers an area of seven (7) acres with a stream flowing across. It is densely vegetated with different species of trees which form canopy thereby proving shades for pilgrims. The Centre is a serene and noise-free environment for organizing retreats and is prayer-friendly to individuals, families, groups, societies, stations, parishes etc.
On 1st November, 2009, Rev. Fr. Richard Kwabena Dordunu was transferred to St. Stephen Quasi-Parish as the Priest In-Charge. When the car entered the Nkurakan community, he saw Mother Mary amidst the showers of rain on top of the mountain. This apparition increased his appetite to build a Grotto in honour of Mother Mary. In his quest, he started looking for a suitable site.
The Church therefore mounted a miniature Grotto christened Our Lady of Grace Grotto in front of the church building on August 12, 2012. When that Grotto was being dedicated, Mr. Felix Kwabla Otu Kofi, the Dadematse of Etwiso-Yoyim, who was among the congregants and saw the number of worshippers, approached the Priest In-Charge and told him of his intention to donate a parcel of his land at Etwiso-Yoyim towards the building of a Grotto.
True to his word, he donated 200ft by 250ft of land on 19th August, 2012 in addition to the existing 200ft by 250ft donated by Mr. Robert Teye Kofi in 1960 towards the establishment of Etwiso-Yoyim R/C Primary School. Total land donated therefore was 500ft by 200ft.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:57
In October 2014, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, convoked an Extra ordinary Synod on the family in Rome to enable the church to reflect on the vocation and mission of the family in the contemporary world and to fashion a reply to the very many challenges that the family of today faces. In response to this, the Bishop’s Conference of Ghana organized a two-day International conference on Pro-life which started on the 7th of August, and ended on the 8th of August. The conference which took place at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra, centred on the theme: “Protecting life and Family Values in the Continuing Culture of Death”. The gathering brought together resource persons, scholars, students, facilitators, discussants, priests, religious, men, women, youth, professionals in different fields from Ghana and beyond. In his keynote address, Most Rev. Anthony Adanuty, the Vice president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, says that ‘it has become known that in some hospitals, schools, villages and towns in Ghana, some international pro-choice agencies are currently present and are pursuing a culture of death through the promotion of condom use, the practice of abortion, homosexuality, the sale of ova and semen among citizens, all under the guise of sexual and reproductive health rights.” On this ugly development, Miss ObianujuEkeocha, CEO Culture of Life, Africa, a Nigerian living in London, who is also one of the sponsors of the Prolife programme in Ghana, talked on the topic: Building up a culture of Life by scaling up Prolife activism in Africa. In her presentation, she emphasised the need for Africa to reject this culture of death and embrace the Gospel of life. Let’s here her.
Last Updated: Monday, 10 August 2015 12:06