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“Everyone Can Be a Saint; Everyone Can Be Converted.” – Archbishop Palmer-Buckle

The Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast has reminded Christians that it is possible to become a saint in our time. He was of the firm conviction that everybody could be converted if only we allow the grace of God to work within us.

Most Rev Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle made these remarks in a homily when he joined seminarians at St Paul Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom, in Accra, to mark the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.

The Archbishop drew the attention of seminarians to the simple definition of a Saint: one who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way. He was therefore optimistic that it is possible to have saints amongst us today.

Most Rev Palmer-Buckle suggested that we might perhaps not experience such “dramatic” conversion, as happened to St Paul, in our day today. However, each day presents us the opportunity to convert; to make a “u-turn” to God. He reminded Christians that we have been called to walk towards perfection, for which reason we should not allow our sins and weaknesses to overwhelm and cripple us from rising after every fall but persevere to the end.

He challenged the “future priests” to always remember that the Lord who called them did not make a mistake, and as such, they should take solace in this fact and strive towards total conversion each day of their lives.

Photo credit: Franck Martin

The day, which is set aside as the Feast Day of the seminary, brought together some benefactors of the seminary whose continuous benevolence has been of tremendous help to the seminary.

Photo credit: Franck Martin

Welcoming the Archbishop, Rev Fr John Doe Dormah, the Acting Vice Rector of the Seminary, was full of praise for the Archbishop for continuously championing the needs of the seminary. He acknowledged the good works of the seminary’s Governing Council and prayed for God’s blessings on the Councilors.

The Acting Rector, Very Rev Fr Francis Lemaire, in his address thanked the benefactors and benefactresses of the seminary especially Justice Brobbey, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr Kwame Pianim, a Statesman and former Finance Minister, and Mr Martin Essoun, among others. The Archbishop then prayed for the benefactors and thanked them on behalf of the Governing Council.

There was a Guard of Honour mounted by the seminary’s Cadet Corps in honour of the Archbishop. The celebration was climaxed with an in-house feasting.

Source: Wisdom Martin Kongor

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