St. Anthony Catholic Church is a parish located at Akwatia in the Denkyembour District. It is on the main road that leads to Akwatia Palace. The parish has 14 outstations. Some of which are under Denkyembour District – Akwatia – while others are under West Akyem Municipality – Asamankese.
The Parish has 23 catechists in active service.
PRIESTS IN THE PARISH
Akwatia has two Priests who steer the affairs of the Parish. They are Rev. Fr. Samuel Parkoo – the Parish Priest and Rev. Fr. Michael A. Numekevor Jnr – the Parochial Vicar and Chaplain of St. Rose’s Senior High School (SHS).
There are two other Priests; Very Rev. Fr. Paul Abankwah and Rev. Fr. PhilipEkow Taylor; who are working at St. Dominic Hospital as Financial Controller and Chaplain respectively.
There is only one Mass at the main station which is at 9:00 AM. Mass at St. Rose’s SHS is at 6:45 AM.
Morning Mass – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – at 600 AM.
Evening Mass – Mondays at 7:00pm
Youth mass – Thursdays at 7:00pm
Baptism, Wedding and Funeral Masses are by appointment.
PRIESTS AND SECRETARY’SOFFICE HOURS
Tuesday to Friday –900 AM – 1230; 400 – 600 PM
Saturday – 900 AM – 1230PM
CATECHIST OFFICE HOURS
Monday to Friday – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Saturday – 700 AM – 900 AM; 400 PM – 600 PM
A SHORT HISTORY
Catholic worship was first introduced to Akwatia by two Togolese nationals – Messrs. Sylvester Thommy, a Gold Smith, and Kwabena Taylor in the middle of 1925.
A raffia shed was erected near OkyeameKwadjoDonkor’s house for worship. Having worshiped in the said make-shift shed for about one and a half years, the early worshipers moved to Yaakore, the present day site of Mr. Eyera’s store. The worship was initially conducted in Ewe, and it consisted of the recitation of the Holy Rosary.
After some years, the indigenous people of Akwatia got attracted and joined the church. A few of the converts were OpaninKwabena Appiah, Mr. James KwasiSaah (Op. Nyarko’s father), Peter Adomako, Kwasi Nkrumah, Francis Akyeampong and his wife.
As the number of local members of the church grew, a Twi-speaking person was invited to lead in the worship.
In 1929, the members of the church made an appeal to the then General Manager of Consolidated African Selection Trust (C.A.S.T.) by name Mr. Walker for a parcel of land for a church building. Subsequently, the plot of land at the then residence of catechist Hayfron Benjamin was released to the Catholic Church.
The present Parish Hall was constructed in 1948, blessed and dedicated in 1952 by Archbishop W.T. Poter.
The new church edifice was initiated by Rev. Fr. Lobianco and built by Rev. Fr. Frederick Hahn, the foundation stone was laid by Barima Kwame Boateng II the then Akwatiahene and blessed by the Most Rev. Bishop J. O. Bowers – the then Bishop of Accra Diocese – on 14th July 1968.
In the year;
1930 – The first baptism of 48 candidates was performed by Rev. Fr. Wells from Cape Coast.
1932 – The first Holy Mass in Latin by Rev. Fr. J. Lemmens.
1934 – 14 candidates were confirmed by Bishop Thomas W. Porter.
1950 – St. Anthony Catholic Primary School started
1960 – Rev. Fr. Lobianco was the first residence Parish Priest. In that same year St. Dominic Hospital was established
1965 – St. Rose’s Teacher Training College was opened. In 1969, it was converted into a Secondary School and now a Senior High School.
1992 – Rev. Fr. Sylvester Agyapong was appointed to Akwatia. He was the first Ghanaian Parish Priest.
1996 – Mass wedding officiated by Bishop Charles Palmer Buckle at Apinamang
1997 – Rev. Fr. Alex Bobby-Benson came to work in the Parish; the second Ghanaian Parish Priest.
THE PARISH AND HER OUTSTATIONS
TOWN / VILLAGE
DATE OF FOUNDATION
DATE OF FIRST BAPTISM
Ss. Eugene and James
Asuboni NO. 4
St. Charles Lwanga
St. Anthony Catholic Church
Post Office Box 58