Sekondi Takoradi Catholic Diocese Gets New Apostolic Administrator

Act-News, August 18th, 2020 – The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Very Rev. Fr. John Baptiste Attakruh as Apostolic Administrator for the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi “with all the rights and faculties of a Local Ordinary” in a decree dated 31st July, 2020.

In a statement read by Msgr. Paval Talapka, Charge D’Affairs of the Apostolic Nunciature of Ghana, he stated that the appointment took “into consideration the difficulty for Archbishop John B. Kwofie, until now the Apostolic Administrator of Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese, to continue to administer the Diocese due to his health condition and distance from Accra.”

Msgr. Talapka expressed gratitude to Archbishop Kwofie “for the great invaluable service he has rendered to the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi until now” and also called on “all the Clergy, the religious and the Faithful to welcome” the new Apostolic Administrator and “give him the necessary support.”

Very Rev. Fr. John Baptiste Attakruh was born on October 1957. He was ordained a priest on 30th July, 1989. He holds a licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm, Rome. He also holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision of Instruction.

Father Attakruh has also served as formatter and lecturer at St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape-Coast. Prior to the appointment as Apostolic Administrator, he was the Director of the Diocesan Catechetical Institute of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.

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Department for Social Communication
Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi

ACT ONE WEEK PRAYER SESSION FOR THE SPEEDY RECOVERY OF THE ARCHBISHOP COMMENCES TOMORROW

Act-Event :The National Executive Committee of the Association of Catholic Teachers – Ghana has declared a week long prayer session for the Speedy Recovery of Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie, Episcopal Chairman for Education and National Spiritual Director of the Association following the announcement of his illness recently.

Archbishop Kwofie

The prayer session has been categorised into two.
The Association is urging all members in the country to embark on private rosary prayers once each day and also pray the Divine Mercy prayer preferably at 3pm each day during the prayer week.. Starting Sunday 16th August to Sunday 23rd August 2020.

PRAYER session

The Association will also have nationwide virtual prayer session on Sunday 23rd, August, 2020 afternoon (time to be communicated later) to end the week long prayer session for the Speedy Recovery of the Archbishop.

The prayer topics would focus on good health, strength and speedy recovery as well as the God’s blessings.

Archbishop Kwofie

Members are also pray for the team of medical professionals taking care of him for God to give them the wisdom and the spirit of dedication to take good care of him.

The Association appeals to all its branches in the country to request Mass intention for the Speedy Recovery and also to thank God for the life of the National Spiritual Director of the Association on Sunday 16th August and Sunday 23rd August, 2020 respectively.

PRAYER session

Priests who are teachers are also to say a prayer for him throughout the week especially during Mass celebrations either public or private

We are aware that he is responding to treatment and we hope and pray that God will hear our prayers and heal him for us.

ACT Declares a week Prayer Session for the Speedy Recovery of Archbishop Kwofie


The National Executive Committee of the Association of Catholic Teachers has declared a week long prayer session for the Speedy Recovery of Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie, Episcopal Chairman for Education and ACT National Patron and Spiritual Director.

The NEC made this declaration during their last virtual meeting

The meeting also outlined new procedure for the registration of the Association members nationwide.

Read the full outcome of the meeting :

  1. WE ARE REGISTERING ALL MEMBERS OF ACT IN OUR NEW DATABASE SYSTEM :
    THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS SHALL BE REGISTERED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE DIOCESAN OFFICERS WHO HAVE BEEN ACCREDITED TO DO So. IN VIEW OF THAT MEMBERS ARE TO CONTACT THEIR DIOCESAN OFFICERS FOR THE REGISTRATION TO BE DONE FOR THEM

THE INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR THE REGISTRATION WILL BE OUT SOON.

PROPOSED DATE FOR THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE REGISTRATION IS 25TH AUGUST, 2020 AND TO END ON 25TH NOVEMBER 2020.

NB THE REGISTRATION PORTAL WILL BE ACTIVATED TWICE EACH YEAR. JANUARY TO MARCH AND AUGUST TO NOVEMBER EACH YEAR.

  1. AUGUST 16 TO 26, 2020 HAS BEEN DECLARED AS A PRAYER WEEK FOR THE SPEEDY RECOVERY OF MOST. REV. JOHN BONAVENTURE KOFIE, EPISCOPAL CHAIRMAN OF EDUCATION, ACT PATRON AND ARCHBISHOP OF ACCRA CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE

NB EACH ACT MEMBER IS TO SAY THE ROSARY EACH EVENING FOR THE ARCHBISHOP

EACH MEMBER IS TO PRAY THE DIVINE MERCY PRAYER PREFERABLY AT 3PM EACH DAY OF THE WEEK FOR HIM.

ON SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST 2020, WE WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL ACT PRAYER SESSION FOR HIM.

DETAILS WILL BE COMMUNICATED LATER.

WE DO ENTREAT EACH MEMBER OF ACT TO ACTIVELY PART TAKE IN THIS PROGRAMME.
THANKS

COVID-19 has Exposed our Vulnerability as Humans – SECAM President

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His Eminence, Philippe Ouédraogo Nakellentuba, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has stated that the Coronavirus pandemic has revealed the defenceless nature and inter-relatedness as human beings.

In a press statement issued by SECAM, Cardinal Ouédraogo said “COVID-19 has exposed how vulnerable we are, irrespective of colour or status, and what happens in one country affects people in the other.”

“Indeed, it has shown that we are one people and we need to be each other’s’ keeper” he added.

The statement issued to mark SECAM Day, further expressed disgust for the violence currently happening in Africa amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It is shameful and regretful that not even the deadly COVID-19 has deterred violence and terrorism in some countries in Africa; we continue to kill ourselves on a daily basis”, Cardinal Ouédraogo, who is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso lamented.

He called all to join voices with the Holy Father, Pope Francis and other world leaders to call for an immediate end to violence everywhere in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, known by the acronym SECAM, was founded by African Bishops on 29th July 1969 and formally launched by Saint Pope Paul VI on 31st July 1969 in Rubaga Cathedral, Kampala, Uganda. To keep alive this historic and memorable event, 29th July of every year is commemorated as SECAM Day.

In 2013, a Plenary Assembly of SECAM held in the Democratic Republic of Congo decided to celebrate SECAM Day on the Sunday after 29th July when it falls on a weekday. Therefore, this year’s SECAM Day will be held on the 2nd of August, 2020.

“Following the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic at the moment, we have opted to defer the special SECAM collection for this year. But if any person or group of people are moved by the Holy Spirit to support SECAM financially or materially, you are welcome to do so”, the statement added

Source: Kelvin Aboagye-Yeboah// Newswatchgh

Archbishop Kwofie Addressed Educational Institutions Staff and Students on Covid 19

Accra ( G/A) July 11, 2020, Act-news- The Episcopal Chairman of Education of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference(GCBC) , Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, has appealed to staff of the educational institutions in the country particularly those in the Catholic Educational Institutions to be more careful and vigilant as the count cases of the COVID 19 in the country was increasing up.

Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Episcopal chairman of education and Archbishop of the Accra Catholic Archdiocese , in a video address , entreated both teaching and non-teaching staffs of schools in the country to be extra vigilant on the students and encouraged the students to observed all the COVID 19 protocols outlined by the ministry of health and the Ghana Health service as well as the ministry of education.

He said that parents were worried as result of the increasing cases of the disease in some of the educational institutions.

watch the video below

Archbishop Kwofie’s

address on Prevention of

COVID 19 in Educational

Institutions in Ghana

Strictly Adhere to Covid 19 Protocols in Schools to Protect and Save Life- Catholic Heads told

Mrs Doros Ashun, General Manager for Catholic Schools-Ghana

Accra (G/A) July 7, Act-News- Heads of Catholic Educational institutions in the country have been asked to strictly adhere to all the COVID 19 health protocols outlined by both the Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease in Catholic Educational institutions.

This was contained in a letter signed by the General Manager of Catholic Schools in Ghana, Mrs. Doris Ashun to heads of Catholic Educational institutions in the country and copied to the actghana. org.
The letter indicated that support of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to educational workers in the Catholic Educational institutions during this period of the Pandemic.

She commanded the educational workers in the country for accepting to teach the final year students who have been called to school to complete their programmes.

Mrs Doris Ashun, General Manager for Catholic Schools-Ghana

GCBC EXPRESSES WORRY AT THE NON-ADHERENCE TO THE COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Accra( G/A) July 7, Act-News- THE GHANA CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE (GCBC) has expressed worry about the non-adherence to the COVID-19 PROTOCOLS in the country especially the activities of the two major political parties recently as well as the on going voter registration exercise by the Ghana Electoral Commission

This was contained in a statement issued by the conference and signed by its President, Most Rev. Philip Naameh and Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale Catholic Archdiocese.

‘ While we focus our concerns on national events that attract crowds of people, we also appeal to all to accept the reality of COVID-19 and thus modify their behaviours to conform to the safety guidelines. It is our hope and prayer that the concerns raised here will be addressed immediately to prevent any escalation in our COVID-19 cases’ , the statement pointed out.

Read the full statement below:

Armless man Ordained as Catholic Priest in Rwanda

Rwanda-There is jubilation, celebration and appreciation to God in town for a man who is armless and regardless of his disability, he chose the right path which is Service to God and humanity. As many in Rwanda in Eastern Africa, appreciate the Wonder of God especially Isabelle and Eric Vermeer.

Rev. Fr. Noe Eric is really trending on social media platforms as a newly ordained Catholic priest without hands. Many appreciated Roman Catholic Church and Christian community, as whole for this singular act of ordaining a man with the to worship and serve God.

His zeal to serve God started when he was three and half years old, after he was adopted by a very caring and loving family of Isabelle and Eric Vermeer, the couple who were from Bioul in Belgium. It was the family that nurtured and sponsored him into fulfilling his desired dreams and today, Noe Eric is a Catholic priest.

It was gathered that Rev. Fr. Noe Eric was created the way he is by God, as many says he’s an unusual human being, but when he became the Reverend father he has wanted to become, the story changed and many now worshiped and thanked God for choosing to serve him those whom human sees as unqualified.

He is now the servant of the most high God which he has ever dreamt of, and a priest, in priestly order of Melchizedek of old, through the help of the family that adopted and aided him towards his dream. Many have the calling but procrastinate has never allowed them to answer God’s call. But armless man has answered his call regardless his disability.

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Cape Coast Archdiocesan ACT Donates to Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocesan COVID -19 FUND

Cape Coast ( C/R) July 4, Act-news- Members of the Cape Coast Archdiocesan Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) have donated an amount of Two Thousand Ghana Cedis ( GHC 2 000.00) to the Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocesan COVID 19 fund to support the church’s effort to help in the fight of the deadly disease in the Archdiocese.

Rev. Fr. Patrick Appiah, spiritual director of the Association indicated that the donation was contributions made by the members of the association in the Archdiocese to give it to the church to support members of the church in the Archdiocese who had been affected or infected by the virus.

Mad. Cynthia Dadzie presenting Cash donation to Rev.Fr. Stephen Amoah-Gyasi, Most Rev. Palma-Buckle at the middle with red -hat

Most Rev. Gabriel Palmer-Buckel, Archbishop of Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocese thanked the members of the association for their support and urged them that the money would be used for it intended purpose.

He entreated the members of the association to always remain focus to stand for good moral values and virtues at their work place and wherever they found themselves.

He pledged the church’s support for the survival of the association in the Archdiocese.

In attendance were Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Patrick Appiah,  the Regional Manager of Catholic Schools, Madam Rose Johnson, ACT Archdiocesan Coordinator, Mad. Cynthia Dadzie, ACT Archdiocesan President,  Mr. Justice Kobina  Asmah, ACT Archdiocesan Treasure, Mad. Theesa Mensah- Dadzie, Archdiocesan Secretary, Mr. Patrick Appiah-Sam and the Archdiocesan Caritas/ Development Director.

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Focus on forming the moral consciousness of Catholic Teachers- Archbishop Palmer-Buckle

Cape Coast ( C/R) July 4, Actnews- Focus on forming the moral consciousness of Catholic Teachers- Archbishop Palmer-Buckel  

Most Rev. Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast has charged the executives of the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) in his archdiocese to focus on helping to form moral consciousness of their members to help fight the immorality in the society.

He made the call when the executives of the association paid a curtsey call on him at his office recently.

Read the full report by  Kobina Asmah (kobinaasmah@gmail.com)

(Cape Coast Archdiocesan ACT President)

REPORT ON INTERACTION BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF ACT AND THE ARCHBISHOP, GABRIEL PALMER-BUCKEL ON TUESDAY 30TH OF JUNE, DURING THE DONATION TO THE COVID–19 FUND AT THE ARCHDIOCESAN SECRETARIAT, CAPE COAST.

On Tuesday, 30th June, 2020, four of the executive members of ACT, accompanied by their spiritual director, Rev. Fr. Patrick Appiah and the Regional Manager of Catholic schools Madam Rose Johnson, made a cash donation to the Archdiocesan COVID-19 fund at the Catholic Secretariat, Cape Coast.  The group was warmly welcomed by His Grace, the Archbishop of Cape Coast. The Prelate was very happy with the group and was grateful for the donation. He took the opportunity to share with members some few thoughts. In his usual direct, frank and straightforward manner of speech, he shared with the group his thought on how the Association of Catholic Teachers should be and charged us to wake up to our calling. Below are four of the many points he raised in the thirty minute interaction he had with the group at the conference room of the Catholic secretariat.  

The first was the need to develop what he termed as ‘Catholic consciousnesses of the Catholic teacher. He observed that there exist many people who exhibit anti-Catholic sentiments in the GES and may oppose anything that an association like ours may stand for. In his opinion, most of such people normally do not share in the moral position of the church on a number of issues. A case in point he cited is such moral position in the situation where teachers may want to go on strike for non-payment of allowance.  Assuming teachers go on strike for such a reason, and then the government pays the allowance later on, how then do teachers’ pay the children the lost time lost? He asked.  So eventually the children and not the government become the victim of such strike action, he pointed out.  He however cautioned ACT not to be surprised to see that many of those who may strongly oppose the association are Catholics. He also decried the laxity shown by catholic teachers towards issues of the church. He therefore encouraged ACT to be firm in its resolve to use such an association to awaken the Catholic consciousness of the Catholic teacher.

The second was a challenge to awaken the moral consciousness of both teachers and parents towards the children and the society. Our society in recent times has a huge moral deficit, he stated. Briefly reflecting on the situation of George Floyd in America, he observed that America has long been morally bankrupt because even though their motto is ‘in God we Trust’, they actually trusted in power, money and science. He recalled the struggle of the church to see the inclusion of Religious and Moral Education (RME) in the school syllabus in Ghana and stated that the promotion of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (STEM) must not be done at the expense of the humanities because it is the humanities that make a human being.  He couldn’t imagine how dangerous a number of professionals could be without morals. A typical example, he said, is a well-trained intelligent surgeon who has no morals.  He described such a person as a ‘skilled butcher’.  Engineers, lawyers, teachers are worth their salt only when their practice is built on sound moral values, he stressed.  He observed that teachings on sound moral values can only be given by faith based organizations such as ACT and not by Ghana Association of Science teachers (GAST), Association of Mathematics Teachers or any other academic or social groupings, he added. It is in that light that, he said, ACT becomes very relevance.

The third was the need for teachers to show leadership wherever they find themselves.  On a lighter note, he said there exist some teachers who do not qualify to be teachers as well as parents who do not qualify to be parents.  To him most teachers entered the profession because that was the only thing left for them to do and not that they desire to be teachers. Such teachers lack the sense of responsibility and do not appreciate the fact that children mirror whatever is done to them. He couldn’t imagine a situation where a teacher gets to the classroom and seeing the students in disarray, starts yelling at them. He noted that “if you as a teacher yells at the students, they will yell back at you”, he therefore stressed that members of ACT become gentle with the students and that they (students) will learn to do the same.  He said it is in such confusion that the teacher must show leadership by being a good example. He added that teachers and parents must show leadership in a confused society by being good examples, speaking up when they should and not being silent for others to lead only to ‘wake up’ later and ask how this/that person became their leader, he cautioned.

The fourth point captured was his concern for the use of the social media platforms. He described the social media as an effective tool that can help organise the association. He for instance asked that ACT use it to stay in touch and cautioned members to ensure proper management of the page. He advised that it should be managed well so that it could be a platform for forming the catholic teacher. He jokingly described how effective he had been using the ‘clear chart button’ to get rid of information that he considered less important.

Before he ended, the Archbishop informed the Executive that in June 2021, there would be a second archdiocesan synod. Major among the issues to be discussed is Catholic Education and ACT would be officially invited to participate. He requested for a memoir on ACT stating the number of groups, memberships and activities so far. When questions were invited, the ACT president requested the archbishop to fix a day on his itinerary for what he termed as ‘ACT DAY WITH THE BISHOP’ for interaction.  The Regional Manager on her part remarked that the group will not hesitate to come to the bishop for directions anytime the need arises.  In a quick response, the archbishop said, he believes in the principle of subsidiarity hence questions must first be passed through the spiritual director. The spiritual director, Rev. Father Patrick Appiah pointed out the difference between the old Teachers guild which consisted of only teachers from the SHS and ACT which is open to all teachers at all levels of education sector who are Catholics. He therefore described ACT as a beautiful organisation. He promised the Archbishop of the growth of ACT and adherence to all the advice given. The secretary, Mr Appiah Sam on behalf of the delegation showed his appreciation to the archbishop for his time and promised that ACT will do all that had been said. The group then went outside the conference room for the official presentation where photographs were taken. The cash donation was received on behalf of the secretariat by Rev. Fr.  Stephen Amoah-Gyasi, Archdiocesan director for Caritas/ Development. 

Remarks

The delegation went with cash but received words of life from the archbishop.  We presented to him our gifts of money to help fight Corona virus disease 2019.  He however presented to us the sword of the spirit to fight all spiritual viruses of all times. Oh that we may find strength to use this. Pray for us Mother Mary, Queen of the Apostles and Seat of Wisdom.

Thank you.