COMMENCEMENT OF THE MASS
THE BISHOP LAUNCHES THE ANNIVERSARY
VARIOUS CHURCH PRESIDENTS HELP THE BISHOP TO UNVEIL THE JUBILEE CLOTH
Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 15:05
Beloved in Christ, we gather this day to observe this notable occasion which I have christened a Trinitarian celebration. This is because we celebrate today three very important and solemn occasions with the appropriate rites that go with them. Firstly, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, popularly referred to as the Feast of Christ the King. Secondly, we celebrate this day the climax of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which was proclaimed last year by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Lastly, on this special day, we, the faithful of the Diocese of Koforidua, are launching the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the diocese.
My dear friends in Christ, it is with great joy and pleasure that I address you with these few words as the Chief shepherd of the Diocese. As we may be aware, the Franciscan Order, following the lead of its great 13th century theologians St. Bonaventure and Blessed John Scotus, was instrumental in establishing the Feast of Christ the King and extending the celebration to the universal Church. However, it was Pope Pius XI who brought this feast into the liturgy in 1925, because the people of the day had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives, believing that these had no place in public affairs or in politics. Although Emperors and Kings now exist mostly in history books, we still honour Christ as the King of the Universe by enthroning him in our hearts and allowing him to take control of our lives. When we accept Jesus as the King of our lives, then everyone and everything else falls into its proper place. We are also challenged to find Christ the King in everyone around us. As loyal subjects of Christ the King, you and I are invited to treat others with justice and compassion as Jesus did, especially those whom we consider the least important.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:17
The Catholic Diocese of Koforidua has launched her 25th Anniversary celebrations under the theme
' RENEWING OUR FAITH IN THE LIGHT OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION'
This was done in a Mass presided over by HIS LORDSHIP MOST REV. JOSEPH AFRIFAH- AGYEKUM, CATHOLIC BISHOP OF
KOFORIDUA, and concelebrated by scores of Priests in the Koforidua Deanery.
The yearlong Anniversary was launched by his Lordship in the the following words:
"Beloved in Christ, as stated above, we launch today the silver jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua; see how
far the Lord has brought us, our hearts are indeed filled with joy. On July 6, 1992, the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua was
carved out of the then Diocese of Accra. Over the period, a lot of water has passed under the bridge and I ask that
you join me in giving thanks to God for His loving mercies towards us. Various activities have been planned for the whole
year before we all gather in Koforidua for the climax on November 26, 2017, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King
of the Universe. I entreat all Parishes, Quasi-parishes and Institutions of the diocese to participate fully in all planned
activities so that the year will be a fruitful one for all. On this note , I , Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, Catholic Bishop
of the Diocese of Koforidua, have the singular honour and privilege to declare the silver jubilee celebration of the Diocese
duly launched in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN".
Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 12:14
Saturday August 6, 2016, The Transfiguration of the Lord Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum bishop of the Diocese Ordained a Deacon and five priests @ St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Akyem New Tafo.
Rev. Emmanuel Omane
Rev. Fr. Francis Nawo-Boafo Aboah
Rev. Fr. Peter Oduro Owusu
Rev. Fr. Robert Bawa Okley
Rev. Fr. Felix Tetteh Kwesi
Rev. Fr. Charles Ntsu
Last Updated: Tuesday, 09 August 2016 15:50
PASTORAL LEADERS' SEMINAR (MINI SYNOD) OF THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KOFORIDUA - March 31 - April 3, 2016
THEME: “My Parish, my Diocese, one year from now in the light of parish growth and development”
We the Synod Fathers and Mothers of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua having gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral and Training Center in Koforidua, from the 31st March to 3rd April 2016, after an intensive deliberation on the theme: “My Parish, my Diocese, one year from now in the light of parish growth and development”, do hereby resolve that:
1.Parishes and Quasi Parishes in the diocese should develop a five year integral pastoral strategic plan to serve as a guide in the development of the parish. Copies of such documents should be submitted to the Pastoral Director of the diocese by 31st March 2017 latest.
2.Parish Priest or priest in charge in consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) should:
•Introduce and coordinate activities that will encourage parishioners to contribute in the spirit of collaboration and self-reliance towards parish development.
•Initiate, continue and execute all major parish projects in accordance with the Diocesan Statutes. (Appendix XI)
3.All Deaneries are to identify people within the deanery who have expertise in building and construction and are prepared to offer their services at no cost to assist in the supervision of projects in the deanery to supplement what is being done by the Diocesan Project Team.
4.New church communities or stations should be established in places the towns are developing faster and proximity to the main church is becoming a challenge.
5.Programmes geared towards youth empowerment through entrepreneurship and skills development should commence in various parishes steadily. Parishes should devise plans to raise funds towards the aforementioned project.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 05 April 2016 14:00