The Catholic Diocese of Koforidua has held its 2022 Diaconate Ordination for six (6) candidates on Wednesday, 19th January 2022 at the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Effiduase, Koforidua.
The Deacons are Rev. Eric Godsway Amuyao, Rev. Eric Etsey Amevor, Rev. Michael Owusu Frimpong, Rev. Edwin Okletey Tettey, Rev. Francis Eduah, and Rev. Moses Kofi Teye.
It’s was a day full of joy and happiness as families and friends gathered together to share in the joy of the diaconate ordination of their sons, through the Chief Shepherd of the diocese has found them worthy.
In his homily, Most Rev. Joseph Kwaku Afrifah-Agyekum, Bishop of the Koforidua diocese urged the new Reverend Deacons to live by what they have learned and the mission entrusted into their hands. He admonished them that accepting to be ordained into the Sacrament of Holy Orders, meant that they have totally submitted their lives to the service of God.
As part of their duties, the Chief Shepherd reminded the deacons of their role to preach, which includes proclaiming the Word of God at all times, preparing the sacrifices to offer the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of God. In addition, they are expected to preside over the church’s public prayer (liturgy of the Hours, etc.), administer the sacrament of baptism, and assist at marriage blessings among others. The Bishop encouraged them to serve the people of God in and with love.
Diaconate ordination is known in the Catholic Church as the first degree in the apostolic ministry, other levels or degrees in the ministry are the Presbytrate (Priestly) and Episcopate (Bishop) ordination.
Diaconate ordination comes in two folds, thus either permanently or transitional. Permanent deacons, although not common in Ghana, is the ordination of married men who are consecrated to assist in the apostolic ministry of the church whiles transitional deacons are men who have undergone seminary formation to become priests.
The Diocese ordained the six men as transitional deacons which means that in a few months to come, they will be fully qualified to be ordained into the Presbyterate (Priestly) Order for the Holy Catholic Church.
After the celebration, the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council, St. Theresa Parish, presented gifts to the newly ordains.
Rev. Micheal Owusu Frimpong, on behalf of his brothers, expressed their appreciation to God, the Bishop and the Collage of Priests, Formators, the Vocation Director, family, and friends as well as the entire congregation for their love and support since they started this journey. They ask for our continuous prayers as they begin this new mission entrusted to them.
Report by Dominic Tettey Djangmah, Radio Angelus