Youth & Vocations

YOUTH AND VOCATIONS OFFICE

(Location: Diocesan Pastoral and Training Centre)

POLICY FOR THE PROMOTION OF VOCATIONS IN THE DIOCESE OF KOFORIDUA

PREAMBLE
With the creation of the Diocese of Koforidua there is the serious need of getting labourers for the vineyard. Therefore, the Diocesan Vocation Office is charged with the promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life and Family Apostolate. Cf. (Rom. 10:14-15).

PURPOSE
To get Priests and Religious for the Diocese and Religious Congregations working in the Diocese. To promote holiness of the Christian and prepare couples for marriage.

MISSION
To establish Vocation Promotion Committee in every Parish in the Diocese and to campaign for more candidates to the Priesthood and Religious Life.

b. Each member body can organize retreat for its aspirants. They should however, make their intentions known to the Priest and PVC of the place where the retreat is to take place.

EVALUATION
The DVC shall assess its work at the end of every year.
APPENCIX V

GUIDELINES FOR THE PARISH VOCATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE

Every Catholic is a member of God's people – his own Parish Family. As a member of a Parish family, we are to develop our own spiritual leaders by training and supporting them. It therefore, behooves every parish and deanery to establish a Vocation Promotion Committee.

NATURE
Vocation Promoting Committee is an important organ of the Parish or Deanery in order to promote the growth of the Church by encouraging and assisting the youth to take to religious and priestly vocations in the parish.It is the duty of the Promoters to strengthen, develop, nourish, and promote vocations through prayers, Masses, seminars, symposia,etc. To encourage special benefactors to sponsor seminarians, give donations, gifts and endowments in any form for the upkeep of those called. Promote better Christian family life and prepare couples for marriage.

ACTIVITIES
Retreats
Symposia
Seminars

There should be special programmes for :
Those aspiring candidates

MEETINGS
There should be periodic conferences of the Deanery Vocation Promotion Committees. During these meetings there should be reporting and updating the knowledge about Vocation Promotion as well as deepening of their own faith.

Note:

THE YOUTH AND VOCATIONS OFFICE

P.O.BOX KF 1750

KOFORIDUA.

SECTION 7: VOCATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE DIOCESAN STATUTES (Pg. 16)

87. A youth and Vocations Director shall be appointed by the bishop to coordinate youth apostolate and the affairs of those who intend to enter the seminary.

89. Parishes must organize Vocation Week to create awareness of vocations among the faithful, especially the youth.

91. Priests are to show maximum interest in the pastoral apostolate of seminarians assigned to their parishes and institutions.

93. Parents and guardians of seminarians are partners in the formation of our future priests.

116. Priests must attend formation courses and other lectures organized by the diocese and other Church institutions (c.279).

118. As and when the need arises, the bishop may send priests in or outside the country to pursue further studies. The bishop will discuss and determine the area of study with the priest and shall not be altered on the priest's own accord.

120. Any major decision taken while on studies must be discussed with the bishop. Permission must be sought from the bishop before travelling outside the country of studies.

SECTION 9: CONSECRATED LIFE DIOCESAN STATUTES (Pg. 23)

122. The life consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels is a stable form of living in the church. Thus the Religious brings to perfection a total self-giving as a sacrifice offered to God, through which his or her whole existence becomes a continuous worship of God in charity (Cf.cc 573;607).

122 Religious Institutes and societies of Apostolic Life must operate according to the terms and contract entered into between themselves and the diocese.

123. Religious are subject to the authority of the bishop whom they are bound to follow with devoted submission and reverence in those matters which regard the cared of souls, the public exercise of divine worship and other works of the apostolate (c.678).

124. All missionaries and religious are subject to the prescripts issued by the bishop for the promotion, direction and coordination of works which pertain to missionary activity (c.790).

125. Religious are to participate fully in all diocesan celebration and programmes. Religious who are clerics are to be part of the Deanery Council of Priests.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR SEMINARY; CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KOFORIDUA

The basic qualification is the WASCCE certificate.

Grade points should rang from A-C6. As stated below.

1

ENGLISH

A-C6

2

INT. SCIENCE

A-C6

3

SOCIAL STU.

A-C6

4

MATHEMATICS

A-C6

5

ELECTIVE

A-C6

6

ELECTIVE

A-C6

7

ELECTIVE

A-C6

 

Three core subjects with three elective subjects are required for the calculation.

Meanwhile, even though integrated science or social studies may not be needed in the calculations, depending on the course offered, whether science or Arts, it is mandatory that every candidate must have the pass mark of A-C6 for those subjects.

Unfortunately, a D7 in any of the subjects needed for the requirements is unacceptable.