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Bishop Essien ordains seven priests for Wiawso Diocese.

The ordination ceremony was held at Enchi, Immaculate Conception Parish on 15th Nov. 2020. The newly ordained priests are:

Rev. Fr. Bernard Korsi Avor (St. Francis Xavier Parish, Bonsu Nkwanta)

Rev. Fr. Joseph Cudjoe (St. Agatha Parish, Asafo)

Rev. Fr. Michael Adjei Twene Donkor (St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, Wiawso)

Rev. Fr. Nicholas Kofi Opoku (St. Ambrose Parish, Kwamebikrom)

Rev. Fr. Pius Kwan Afona (Immaculate Conception Rectorate, Atronsu)

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Abare Nyame (Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Adabokrom)

Rev. Fr. Vincent Afukah Nyame (St. Joseph Parish, Afere).

The prelate in his homily highlighted sacrifice as central to the Catholic priesthood saying, “the uniqueness of the Catholic priesthood derives from its sacrificial aspect”. “Priests should learn from Jesus, the high priest, who offered himself for the salvation of humankind”, he advised. He stated further that a priest who cannot make meaningful sacrifice cannot be a good priest.

“Absurdities in the priesthood arise when the aspect of sacrifice in the priesthood is suppressed”, he said. “That the priest’s sole aim is to chase after material prosperity is absurd. That he is unforgiving is absurd”, he bemoaned. He again advised the priests that if the faithful are right to demand quality education, quality health care among others from the government, then they are equally right to demand quality priesthood from the Church.

He assured the newly ordained priests of God’s constant support in difficult moments. They will succeed if they deepen their relationship with God.

It was a joyous occasion since this is the largest number (seven) of young men the diocese has ever ordained into the priesthood.

 

Source: Depsocom, Wiawso Diocese

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