The Bishop

Name: Joseph Kwaku
Date of Birth: December 22
Place of Birth: Akim Swedru, Eastern Region of Ghana
Father: Henry K. OKRAH (deceased)
Mother: Gladys Y. OKRAH (deceased)

Our Mission

We are the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua who brings Christ to all people in the diocese by preaching the word of God, administering the sacraments and by providing quality education, health, humanitarian and other social services.

Our Vision

"Evangelizing through self reliance"
The vision translated into the three local languages used in the diocese, Akan, Ewe and Krobo, shall be disseminated throughout the diocese to galvanize, efforts of all in the diocese towards this common vision.


As part of the activities on Sunday, 39 candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum cautioned the Confirmands not to see the Sacrament of Confirmation as a fashion but to allow themselves to be filled and renewed by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses for the Church, “Do not see the Confirmation as a fashion, be filled with the Holy Spirit and read your Bibles well. Catholics have been accused of not reading the Bible. That should not be said of you"

A brief History of the Santa Barbara Catholic Church, Akosombo

The Italian Contractors, Impreligo, who arrived in the last quarter of the year 1961 to undertake the construction of the Dam started the Roman Catholic Church in Akosombo.

The Akosombo Town was practically uninhabited prior to the commencement of the Volta River Project. The township came into existence as a result of the construction of the Akosombo Dam.

In 21 days, the Chapel was built and dedicated by the then Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini on August 8th 1962.

The Santa Barbara Catholic Church, Akosombo at now Community one became the first major monument on the Akosombo land. It served as a place of worship for the workers who were Catholics and others who were non-Catholics. An eye catching in the frontage of the Chapel is a cross purposely erected to face and directly overlook the centre of the Akosombo Dam.

The positioning of the cross is in accordance with Cardinal Montini's prayer indicative of God's permanent protection over the Dam during challenging period of the construction of the Dam and afterwards.
The increasing population of Catholics in Akosombo and the inability of residents to access the Chapel up on the hill, inspired Parishioners to build a new Church at Akosombo Community 2 in 1999. This beautiful and magnificent house of God was finally completed after so many years and dedicated in 2019.

Sod cut for mission house
The Bishop also cut sod for a the construction of a new Mission house. He was hopeful, Parishioners would support the priest to finish up this all-important project in time.



Contact Us / Follow Us
Address: Box KF 625,
Koforidua, Ghana
Tel: 0595-222-361(Office)
E-mail: [email protected]


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