The Bishop of Ho Diocese, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD has on Monday, December 23, 2019 ordained two new deacons for the Church.
The two, Rev. Louis Herman Ocanson from the Holy Spirit Parish in Ho and Rev. Ernest Kwame Asigbetse from St. Augustine Parish, Alavanyo were called to the order of deacons at a solemn but colourful ceremony attended by a host of priests, seminarians and family members.
The ceremony held at the Bishop Holland Memorial Pastoral and Formation Centre at Sokode-Gbogame saw the two profess their ‘commitment to Celibacy’ and ‘Promise of Obedience’ to the bishop during the ordination rites, witnessed by the Vice Rector of the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Rev. Fr. Dr Emmanuel Richard Mawusi.
Bishop Fianu in his homily entreated the deacons to undertake their ministry with dedication and commitment as exhibited by John the Baptist, whose birth was proclaimed in the day’s Gospel Reading.
“The diaconate ministry is one of service,” the bishop stated and charged the two to graciously serve God and humanity in love and joy.
He admonished them against self aggrandisement and materialism as they journey into priesthood; adding that “You’ll not find fulfillment in the ministry if you choose to serve two masters.”
Bishop Fianu further urged them to be men of good reputation filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit, proclaiming, teaching and living the word of God at all times.
The Catholic Church, according to him was an institution of order, hence encouraged the new deacons to conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church.
The Bishop also thanked the two families for offering their sons to serve in God’s ministry, and called for continuous support for them as they prepare to join the order of priests in the coming months.
Among those present at the ordination were, Very Rev. Fr. William Horlu, the Vicar General, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Panku, Vocation Director as well as parents of the deacons.
Source: Ho Diocesan DEPSOCOM Office