Exactly 43 years today, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle was ordained a Catholic Priest by the late Most Rev. Dominic Kodwo Andoh then Bishop of Accra at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on December 12, 1976.
As Radio Angelus wishes him well, here is brief information on the man who has played several key roles in national and Church development.
Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle was ordained a priest on December 12, 1976, in Accra,
Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle was born on June 15, 1950, in Axim, Western Region.
He was educated at the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Koforidua and at the Pontifical Urban University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Sacred Theology.
He also holds a doctorate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.
He served as a chaplain and teacher at the Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary and at Achimota School.
Most Rev. Palmer-Buckle was appointed as Bishop of Koforidua on July 6, 1992, consecrated on January 6, 1993, and appointed as an Archbishop of Accra on May 28, 2005, the second Ghanaian to be elevated to that position.
From 1994 to 2004, he served as the Bishop-Chairman for the Department of Socio-Economic Development of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Ghana, and from 1995 to 2003 was President of Caritas Africa Region, becoming the First Vice-President of Caritas International, a federation of 198-member organisations in 154 countries all over the world with its headquarters in the Vatican City.
Most Rev.Palmer-Buckle was also a member of the nine-member National Reconciliation Commission (NRC) from May 2002 to October 2004.
He has remained vocal in the political scene of Ghana and Africa on issues, including political violence and homosexuality.