O God, throughout the ages you have called women and men to pursue lives of perfect charity through the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we give you thanks for these courageous witnesses of Faith and models of inspiration. Their pursuit of holy lives teaches us to make a more perfect offering of ourselves to you. Continue to enrich your Church by calling forth sons and daughters who, having found the pearl of great price, treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.
Last Updated: Friday, 27 March 2015 14:15
Rev. Fr. Evans Akahoho Yayra was at the Bishop's Office yesterday with two parishioners to present their new car to The Bishop. The Bishop received and blessed it before heading to the DVLA for registration of the car (Rogue). ER. 422 -15. May God bless all who helped St. Barbara to achieve this objective. Amen.
Last Updated: Friday, 27 March 2015 10:41
1. Share your joy. “I love being a priest and would choose it again.” Telling people that you value your vocation is amazingly effective at helping them understand that priesthood is a fulfilling and meaningful life.
2. Personally invite. Look for promising men in your parish and invite them explicitly to consider the priesthood. Find an appropriate time to draw a young man aside and say with sincerity, “Jacob, I admire your faithfulness and love for God. I think the Lord could be calling you to be a priest. Have you ever thought about the priesthood?”
3. Tell your vocation story. People love to hear how their priest discovered his vocation. Tell your vocation story at Mass on Priesthood Sunday; speak of it on Holy Thursday; tell students in the youth group how you became a priest.
4. Pray for more priests. Pray publicly and explicitly for more priestly vocations, especially during the prayers of the faithful. If there is a certain man God has placed on your heart, keep him in prayer during your Masses.
5. Offer good information. Keep updated vocation materials in the narthex of the church, such as posters, brochures, and booklets.
BY: VIANNEY VOCATIONS
Last Updated: Monday, 16 March 2015 16:07
First and Final Vows of our beloved sisters, The Handmaids Of The Divine Redeemer took place on March 25, 2015 and was held at St. Bakhita Catholic Church, Old Estates-Koforidua. It was also the Solemnity of the Annunciation of The Lord. it was a well attended celebration by the Clergy and the Religious and numerous lay faithful.
The Bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, presided over the Mass. In attendance were Priests from Koforidua Diocese, Accra Archdiocese, and Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.
Last Updated: Friday, 27 March 2015 13:20
It was Saturday, the 14th of March, 2015 and the venue was the St. George Cathedral in Koforidua. The occasion was the diocesan launch of the Year of Consecrated Life. It would be recalled that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, declared last year that the period between 30th November, 2014 (First Sunday of Advent) and 2nd February, 2016 (Feast of Presentation of the Lord and World Day of the Consecrated Life) be celebrated throughout the Universal Church as “Year of Consecrated Life”.
The bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, presided over the Mass which brought together Religious men and women in the Consecrated Life working in the diocese of Koforidua. Present were Sisters of the HDR, SSpS and SSND, as well as some Priests and Brothers of the SVD.
In a welcome address, the priest in charge of Clergy and Religious, V. Rev. Fr. Dionisio Nellas, SVD, invited all to acknowledge the hand of God in the spiritual, physical and structural growth of Religious Life as a whole in the diocese. He charged all Religious men and women to recount their successes, identify their shortcomings and pledge evermore to commit themselves to the grace of God for the demands of the Religious Life.
In his homily, the bishop also reiterated the Pope’s call for consecrated people to be epitomes of joy. “I want to say one word to you and this word is Joy. Wherever consecrated people are, there is always joy”, the Holy Father is noted as saying. He thanked the Pope for bringing to the fore the relevance of the consecrated life in our everyday experience. The Bishops’ Conference of Ghana has chosen for local celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the theme: “WAKE UP THE WORLD WITH TESTIMONIES OF FAITH, HOLINESS AND HOPE”. Dwelling on this theme, the bishop reminded all that it takes a life of Faith, Holiness and Hope to be able to make real this theme. “We need to be people of faith, holiness and hope”, he noted.
Last Updated: Friday, 27 March 2015 12:13