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.

Source:
Department for Social Communication
Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi

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

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.

Credit: https://9izevibes.com/category/trending/

Release Your Church Premises to EC only if……., Catholic Bishop

Mampong(Ash), June 30, Actnews-Most Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Konongo Mampong, has directed Priests in his diocese to allow the officials of the Electoral Commission to use their church premises for the Voter Registration Exercises which would commence on the 30th June, 2020 only if the electoral commission would obey the guidelines that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs gave to the religious bodies for religious activities.

This was contained in a letter dated 28th June, 2020 to all Priests in the Diocese and signed by the Most. Rev. Joseph Osei Bonsu

Copy of the content of a letter the Bishop wrote to all Priests in his diocese is below:

‘On 3o June 2o2o, the Voters’ Registration Exercise will begin in many locations in the country and will last until 6 August 2o2o. In such exercises, some of our churches and mission compounds are often used as centres. I am writing this letter in case some of your churches or premises are used for this exercise. The following two conditions must be met before they can be used for the registration exercise.

 First, a formal request in the form of a letter must be made by the representatives of the Electoral Commission to the Parish Priest or Rector. This letter must state the beginning and end dates of the exercise in the location. If such a request is not made, the Parish Priest or Rector is not obliged to release the facility for the exercise.

Secondly, if the exercise will take place in churches, as has happened in some places in the past, then the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for religious bodies on 1st  June 2o2o should be applied to this exercise taking place inside our churches.

 In this connection, I refer to the following Guidelines from the Ministry:

 VI. There should be the regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently used communal places (like toilet surfaces) and frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, preferably 1-2 hours depending on the rate of utilization. WII. There must be the regular disinfection of venues used by churches, preferably once month.

In this connection, it will be necessary for the representatives of the Electoral Commission – perhaps with the assistance of the District or Municipal authorities – to fumigate the premises before they start using them and to fumigate them at the weekends so that they can safely be used by the congregation over the weekend. It will also be necessary for them to regularly sanitize door knobs and handles as 1 well as those pews or benches in church on which people will sit for the registration. If some of our basic schools will be used for this exercise, the same health protocols must be observed.

SEASON’S GREETINGS FROM ACT NATIONAL

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We bring you season’s greetings from the National Secretariat of the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT).

The year 2019 has been a milestone in the life of ACT, since through your relentless efforts she was able to elect her first National Officers who have already hit the ground running.

ACT and its members are proving to be an integral part of the teaching profession and the activities of the Catholic Church and as we celebrate the Christmas and New Year let us endeavor to be a force to reckon with.
As a Faith-based Teacher Association, let us keep in mind that we are never in competition with any of the other teacher unions but, to simply live our faith in our profession. Hence, as others live to teach, we LIVE TO TEACH FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST. This is what we are and we must live that fully.

As we celebrate the season, let us humbly reflect on the following:
Our Lifestyles: The excitements that come with celebrations can sometimes expose us to so many dangers. As a people of faith and role models we are admonished to soberly reflect on such acts that constitute risky lifestyle like drink-driving, drunkenness, possession of offensive weapons, keeping bad companies and so on.

Our Environment: Much as we pay attention to our bodies and souls as in what we wear, what we eat as well as the spiritual exercises we undertake during this season, may we endeavor to pay greater attention to our environment. The rate at which the environment is being degraded is alarming and as people of God, who know and understand that, God is with us and dwells in this same environment, must show the way. Simple acts like, picking up the plastics during our meetings to dispose them off properly, politely requesting people, even our children who mess up , to do the right thing among others will go a long way to positively impact our environmental cleanliness.

Our Calling: To some, teaching is a profession, yet to others it is a job. For us, teaching is OUR CALLING. All we do emanate from our hearts and from our relationship with God. Christ must be involved from start to finish for He is our model in this vocation.

The National Executive Committee on your behalf, met to plan for the year 2020. We chose for ourselves Jesus Christ, Word of God and Model for Teachers (the way, the Truth and the Life, (cf. John 14:6) as theme for the activities for the year 2020. We call on all to have a deeper reflection on this theme and keep it as a reminder throughout the year.

While wishing you the best of the season, remember to take active part in ACTs activities in your Community, Diocesan, Provincial and National levels come 2020. Take advantage of our professional and spiritual programs designed for your good.

May the peace of the New Born King reign in our hearts.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

(Emmanuel Gazari) National Secretary

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