BRIEF HISTORY AND SITUATION PROFILE
History has it that in the year 1932 AD, Nana Kwaku Hyia, Effiduasehene attended a function outside Effiduase and had the privilege of witnessing the mode of worship of the Roman Catholic Church. Though he was a non –Christian, the worship attracted him so much that on his return expressed the desire to have the Roman Catholic Church introduced at Effiduase. Fortunately, he was informed that two of his subjects, namely Opanyin Obimpeh and Opanyin Bernard Osei worshiped at St. George Roman Catholic Church, Koforidua. He then invited the two to discourse his vision to bring Catholic Church to Effiduase.
- In the same year (1932), these two faithful approached Rev. Fr. Lemmens to inform him about the chief’s intension. The priest heartedly agreed to bring the church to Effiduase. When Nana was informed about the acceptance of the priest, he offered a room at the ground floor of his two-story building which was then situated at the present cocoa marketing board’s shed as the first place of worship.
- Within a short period, many people got attracted and joined the church. Prominent amongst them includes Opanyin Martim Omane, Opanyin Kwasi Asare, Opanyin Oduro Boakye and Opanyin Paul Ball. The pioneer women parishioners included, Maamenonm Akua Attaa, Yaa Nkansah and Alice Oduro Boakye.
DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH
The chapel was dedicated and unveiled by Rt. Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Andoh DD. JCD, the then Bishop of Accra Diocese in September 26th, 1992.
The Church today has four out-stations namely, Michael Catholic Church (Oyoko), St. Martin Catholic Church (Akwadum), St. Cecilia Catholic Church (Jumapo) and St. Peter Catholic Church (Suhyen)
LOCATION OF THE CHURCH
The Parish (Chapel and its school building) is located at the Adagya Electoral Area of New Juaben Municipal Assembly. It shares boundaries with Ghana Senior High School.
Members stand at about eight hundred including children. The youth constitiue about 65% of the population.
Societies in the Church include:
- Church Choir
- Youth Choir
- Catholic Charismatic Renewal
- Christian Mothers Association
- Knights of the Altar
- St. Stephen society
- Catholic Men Society
- Sacred Heart Confraternity
- St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Rev. Fr. Anthony Agyeman-Bonsu is currently the Parish Priest
1. Mr. Foster Omane
2. Mr. Vincent Amuzu
3. Mr. Ambrose Sanka
PARISH POSTORIAL COUNCIL
Mr. Isaac Oduro (Chairman)
Mr. Emmanuel Adu Boateng (Vice Chairman)
Mrs. Darkwa Millicent
Mr. Selorm Agbesi
Thursdays 7:00 pm
Fridays 5:30 am
OUTSTATIONS AND THEIR DAYS FOR MEETINGS
OYOKO, ST. MICHAELCATHOLIC CHURCH
ST. CECILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH-JUMAPO
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH –SUHYEN
ST. MARTIN CATHOLIC CHURCH –AKWADUM
SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTION
The Catholic school at Effiduase has kindergarten, primary and Junior High School.
CONTACT NUMBER AND ADDRESS
St. Theresa Parish
P. O. Box EF 58
Effiduase-Koforidua, Eastern Region
SHORT HISTORY OF THE TOWN
The natives of Effiduase are predominantly Ashantis who migrated from Ashanti Region of Ghana during the 1875 Ashanti and Juaben war. Effiduase is one of the four towns in the New Juaben Municipal Assembly. It is also bounded at the South by Koforidua; the municipal capital, on the South by Asokore, East by Ada and West by Nyamkrom. The Chief of Effiduase is the Nifahene of the New Juaben Traditional Council.
The town is about three kilometers north of Koforidua, the capital of Eastern Region. It shares boundaries with Asokore, Akwadum and Nsukwao.
By the 2000 Population and Housing census, the population of Effiduase was about 10,063 made up of 4,820 (males and 5,243 females). The town has a very youthful population and the aging population been few.
The town has electricity, pipe borne water, community centre, several boreholes, market centre, police station and public places of convenience.
The town has various Religious denominations with the orthodox being the Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, other religious groups and sects are seventh-day Adventist (SDA), Apostolic, Pentecost, Assemblies of God, Musama Disco Christo Church, Later Day Saint, Jehovah Witnesses and Christ Preachers Church.
The town has various Religious denominations with the orthodox being the Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, other religious groups and sects are seventh-day Adventist (SDA), Apostolic, Pentecost, Assemblies of God, Mozama Disco Christo Church, Later Day Saint, Jehovah Witnesses and Christ Preachers Church.
The people are mostly peasant farmers with others engaged in other forms of work including teaching, trading, driving, dressmaking, hairdressing, carpentry and masonry
Effiduase has four private and four public schools, all with both primary and Junior high schools.
St. Theresa Catholic Church at Effiduase is a welcoming, lively community and capable of taking care of priests. Again it may be said that, the church has a future with her large number being the youth.