It was all joy at St Paul Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom in Accra, as three of the seminary’s formators joined in celebrating their priestly anniversaries. The celebrants are Very Rev Fr. Dr. Joseph Okine-Quartey and Very Rev Fr. Dr. John Doe Dormah, who marked their silver jubilee in the Holy Priesthood, whiles Rev Fr. Stephen Stanislaus Ackah marked his tenth priestly anniversary.
The celebration which brought together family and friends of the celebrants as well as the seminary community was preceded by a colourful welcome display and an inspection of the guard of honour mounted by the seminary’s cadet corps and band in honour of the celebrants.
Delivering the homily, Very Rev Fr. James Afoakwah, a classmate of Frs Okine-Quartey and Doe, was full of praise to God for guiding the celebrants through their priestly journeys thus far. He extolled some of the virtues of the celebrants describing them as sincere men and priests. He challenged the congregation to keep praying for them so that they may faithfully discharge their duties.
The celebration was climaxed with a “common lunch” in honour of the celebrants. Several gifts were presented to the celebrants from the seminary community, families, friends, parish and dioceses. Present at the celebration were several priests including Msgr James Robert Myers, Frs Francis Lemaire, Francis Arthur, Albert Amakyi, Samuel Ussher Homiah, Henry Ahorlu, Emmanuel Mary Ofori, and Odartey Lamptey.
Very Rev Fr Dr. Joseph Okine-Quartey is a priest of the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi and is now the Acting Rector of St Paul Catholic Seminary. Very Rev Fr. Dr. John Doe Dormah belongs to the Diocese of Ho and is currently assisting as the Acting Vice Rector of St Paul Seminary. Rev Fr Stephen Stanislaus Ackah is the Dean of Academics of the seminary and he belongs to the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
Story by Wisdom Martin Kongor
Pictures by Amam Victor Naab Junior and William Maglo