ST. GEORGE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL, KOFORIDUA GETS NEW ADMINISTRATOR

On Sunday 26th December, 2021, the St. George Catholic Cathedral Parish rejoiced over the induction of a new Cathedral administrator, Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Afum Attah Asumadu, into office by Rev. Msgr. Francis Twum-Barimah, the Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua.


It was all joy and gratitude to God when the colorful event took place during a Eucharistic celebration to mark the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was presided over by Rev. Msgr. Francis Twum Barimah and concelebrated by six other priests from the Diocese. In attendance were some Religious Sisters, family members, Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), parishioners and friends of the new Administrator who came from other sister parishes.

‘THE CHURCH NEEDS DEDICATED CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS’, NUNCIO TELLS SEMINARIANS

‘THE CHURCH NEEDS DEDICATED CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS’, NUNCIO TELLS SEMINARIANS 


As part of his three days visit to Koforidua Diocese to participate in the activities of the climax of the Year of St Joseph, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Most Rev. Henryk Jagodzinski, paid a historic visit to Pope John XXIII Minor Seminary at Effiduase-Koforidua and interacted with the Seminarians, Staff and Formators, and had Evening Prayer with them. This took place on Friday 10th December, the very day of the Nuncio’s arrival in the diocese.

Welcoming the Apostolic Nuncio to the Seminary, the Rector, Very Rev. Fr Marcellus Gorleku said the visit of the Nuncio is historic and will go down into the annals of the Seminary as one of the most memorable.

THE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO CLIMAXES THE YEAR OF ST JOSEPH WITH SOLEMN HOLY MASS


On Sunday, 12th December, His Excellency Most Rev. Henryk Jagodzinski, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana Presided over Holy Mass at St George Cathedral in Koforidua to Climax the Year of St Joseph. Welcoming the Nuncio on behalf the Bishop, Priests, Religious and Christ’s faithful of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua, Very Rev. Fr Joseph Afum Attah Asumadu, the Cathedral Administrator, said the Diocese was pleased to have his Excellency to visit during such an important celebration to Climax the yearlong celebration of the Patron of the Universal Church.

The Cathedral Administrator in his welcome address reiterated the many ways in which the Year of St Joseph had been celebrated in Koforidua Diocese under the directives of Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum. These he said included praying the prayer of St Joseph daily at Masses and Services, hoisting of banners in all Parishes across the Diocese in honour of St Joseph, talks on St Joseph, Pilgrimages, Hospital and prisons visitations, Children and Youth Programmes within the year highlighting St Joseph and the Feast of Joseph, Husband of Mary and Joseph the Worker were celebrated on 19th March and 1st May respectively in the various Parishes with lots of activities.


The Vatican Ambassador greeted all and sundry and expressed his joy to celebrate such a solemn occasion with them. He addressed them, ‘with great joy, I bring to you the blessings and greetings of Pope Francis. I carry it, as his representative to your beautiful country for this special occasion. I cordially thank the Most. Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, bishop of Koforidua for invitation for this celebration. I greet all of you one by one’.

SEMINAR ON PASTORAL AND FINANCIAL MATTERS AFTER THE EASING OF COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS

 


In the Wisdom of the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic  Diocese of Koforidua, Most Rev.  Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum in consultation with the Priests' Council is organising a Seminar on Pastoral and Financial Matters after easing of COVID-19 restrictions.  This is ongoing at the Diocesan Pastoral and Training Centre at Koforidua. Each Parish is represented by the Parish,  Priest,  Parish Pastoral Council Chairman and a member of the Parish Finance Committee. The Deaneries of the Diocese have been grouped in two.  The first group is scheduled to have the Seminar on 25th  and 26th November and the second group on 26th to 27th November 2020. Pray for the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide the discussions of this Seminar. Surely after COVID-19 things will not be the same.

THREE PRIESTS ORDAINED FOR KOFORIDUA

                                               

Ordination to the priesthood is a ceremony that parishioners, religious and priests look forward to each year. As the number of priests increases, the pastoral ministry and evangelisation mission of the Church continue to enhance. The 2020 Priestly Ordination for the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua took place in the assembly hall of St. Roses Senior High Secondary School at Akwatia on Saturday 3rd October, amid strict observation of the COVID-19 protocols by all and sundry. In the colourful and well attended ordination ceremony, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah Agyekum, the Bishop ordained three Deacons into the Holy Priesthood. The ordinandi were Rev. George Yeboah of St. Anthony Parish Akwatia, Rev. Martin Delali Atitson of St. John Parish, Nsawam and Rev. Samuel Eli Adadey of Our Lady of Lourdes Quasi-Parish, Akyem Akroso.

THE DIOCESAN PASTORAL AND TRAINING CENTRE GETS A GROTTO

The Chief Shepherd of the diocese, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum presided over the blessing and dedication of a Grotto at the Diocesan Pastoral and Training Centre, Koforidua. The event took place on the Nativity of Mary, September 8, 2020.  Among those present for the event was the Director of the Centre, V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Quainoo Aggrey, some diocesan priests who were having their Annual Retreat at the Centre and the staff of the facility. After the blessing and dedication, the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary was prayed to implore Our Lady's intercession.

 

MAY MARY INTERCEDE FOR OUR DIOCESE!

PRIESTLY ORDINATION 2020

THE BISHOP'S MEMO ON THE RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES IN THE KOFORIDUA DIOCESE

 

 

 

 

TO : ALL CLERGY AND RELIGIOUS
SUBJECT: RE-OPENING OF CHURCHES
DATE: JUNE 3, 2020
May the Peace of the Lord be with you!Last sunday, May 31, the President of the Republic , His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo addresed  the nation on the COVID -19 Pandemic. He announced a phased-easing of COVID - 19 restrictions begining Friday, June 5, 2020. He also mentioned that religious activities could start on Friday for the Muslim communities while Christians would start on Saturday, June 6 with the Adventist and for the other Christian groups on Sunday, June 7 with some further details.

NEW LABORATORY AND ICU FOR ST DOMINIC HOSPITAL, AKWATIA

 

On Friday 22nd May 2020, the Bishop of Koforidua Diocese Most Rev Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum cut the tape to open an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), State-of-the-art Medical Laboratory and an electronic regulated Accident and Emergency Department at the St Dominic, Akwatia.  These projects were constructed as commemorative edifices to mark the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hospital.

 In his speech, the Administrator of the Hospital Rev. Fr Ebenezer Kenneth Abban said the realisation of the projects is an indication of the Management’s commitment to quality healthcare delivery to the clients of the facility within the Denkyembour District of the Eastern Region and beyond. With the accomplishment of these projects, the Hospital seems to demonstrate aptness in practical projection of its vision statement: “a health service that is best in meeting patients’ needs and expectation”. This was echoed in the welcome address when the Medical Director, Dr Maite Alfonso Romero, emphatically said that “St Dominic Hospital truly aims to make healthcare delivery more proactive, integrated and endearing for both our patients and the staff population at all time”. She further described the projects as “timely and appropriate”. In all, a total amount of GHS 684,955.73 went into the construction and furnishing of the three projects.

KOFORIDUA DIOCESAN PRIESTS' ASSOCIATION (KODPA) DONATES TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.

 In response to the call of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo and the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, appealing for donations to support the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Koforidua Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (KODPA) has donated some PPEs and Medical Supplies at the cost of GH ₵ 17,620.00 to some health facilities in the Eastern Region. The items were donated on behalf of KODPA by its President Rev. Fr. Joseph Afum Attah Asumadu. These items included: Surgical Mask (500 pieces), Surgical Gloves (1000 pairs), N95 Mask (100 pieces), Face Shield (23), Hand Sanitizer (20 Gallons - 5 litters, 75 mini bottles, Detergent (40 Gallons -5 litres), Jumbo Tissues (102 Rolls-Large Size) Carbolic Soap (864 Cakes).

Trust in God’s Guidance in Governance! - Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum urges the President

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo and his entourage attended Mass in Koforidua on October 13, 2019. On arrival, he received a rousing welcome from Parishioners and party faithful before joining the parishioners of the St. George Catholic Cathedral Church for Mass.

In his homily, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Catholic Bishop of Koforidua,  entreated Nana Akufo-Addo and his ministers to continue to seek and trust God's guidance in governance.

The Prelate of Koforidua Diocese again mentioned that the President after assumption into power demonstrated his trust in God by organizing the National Thanksgiving Service and urged him to continue in that path." He reminded the President “a few years back when you were seeking the mandate of Ghanaians to vote for you,you always attributed your efforts as ‘ the battle is the Lord's’”  He reiterated,  “very often we as human beings forget about the people we rely on and also  forget that it was God's assistance we sought."

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