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Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra marks 31 years in priesthood

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Reverend John Bonaventure Kwofie is 31 years as a priest today, July 23, 2019. He was ordained priest on July 23, 1988 at the Holy Spirit Parish, Bantama, Kumasi by then Bishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong.

In commemorating this day, ANGELUS NEWS takes you back into time recounting the life of His Grace.

He was born to the late Mr. John Kogyan Kwofie and Madam Agnes Ama Tokwah Kwofie on 26th April 1958. Archbishop John B. Kwofie, CSSp is the first of ten siblings. He hails from Apowa in the Ahanta West District of the Western Region.

Most Rev. John Bonaventure. Kwofie, CSSp, was baptized by Rev. Fr. Joseph Kwofie and enrolled as a Knight of the Altar.  He had his primary education at Apowa Roman Catholic Primary, inspired by the dedication exhibited by Rev.  Fr. Kwofie in the discharge of his pastoral duties, he developed interest in the priesthood and entered St. Theresa’s Junior Seminary, Amisano, for his secondary education and to pursue his vocation.

For nine years he served as Superior of his Religious Congregation and during this time, he engaged in pastoral work especially on Sundays in the following parishes –  Holy Spirit Parish, Bantama; Corpus Christi Parish, New Tafo and St. John’s Church, Bohyen Ampabame all in the Archdiocese of Kumasi and at St. Maurice Parish, La; St. Catherine, Burma Camp and St. Michael at Michel Camp in the Archdiocese of Accra.

Shortly after taking a course in Monitoring and Evaluation at GIMPA with the hope of applying the principles of this discipline to the life of Religious Congregations, he was elected the first Assistant to the Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit and so relocated to the Headquarters of the Spiritan Congregation in Rome where he lived and served the Spiritan family worldwide from 2004 to 2012.

As a General Councillor of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, he had special responsibility, among others, for the Spiritan circumscriptions in West, East and North Africa accompanying them in matters concerning presence, mission, administration and relationship with local Dioceses and in-charge of Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenical Relations. He also served on the Board of the Centre of Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA.

When he completed his term on the General Council of the Spiritans in Rome in 2012, he took a sabbatical year at Fribourg University in Switzerland. He then became a lecturer at the Theology Department of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, in July 2013 and was appointed Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi on July 3, 2014. He returned to Ghana and was ordained as the fourth Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, on September 13, 2014.

On January 2, 2019, he was appointed the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.

By: Jennifer Doe // Radio Angelus

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