Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast has charged older priests to set substantial precedents for priests who are in their infancy stage in the ministry.
“May you be good example for these young ones just like Elijah was to Elisha, teach them to listen to God only, and to look up to God only, as elder brothers in the priesthood, you must lead these young ones to know the voice of God. May you never be a source of scandals to these young ones”, he entreated.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle took the seat as the ordaining bishop for the 2020 priestly ordination on the invitation by the archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie Cssp.
Six deacons; Reverends Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, Emmanuel Elikem Mensah Larnyoh, Isaac Gyasi Amoateng, Emmanuel Boateng, John Armah Koufie, Dominic Kwabla Amanor, were ordained to the Priesthood.
The ordination took place at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The mass was restricted to only a handful of the faithful, the religious, seminarians with a live stream mass due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The archbishop in his homily, also charged the six newly ordained priests to lead exemplary lives as they reach out “to serve God’s children anywhere and everywhere your Archbishop will send them to”.
Analogising their priestly ministry to Christ, whose journey on earth “was not easy in the instances of celibacy and chastity”, he called on the newly ordained priests to be steadfast as they set out to work for God.
“Celibacy and chastity were not easy for Jesus Christ and yours will not be any different”, he said.
Quoting the Scriptures Hebrews 5: 4, Rev. Fr. Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, on behalf of the newly ordained priests, expressed their gratitude to the Archbishop, their parents and family, formators, ordination planning committee, benefactors and benefactress, Societies, and all who in diverse ways support them during their formation and ordination.
Brief profile of the newly ordained priests
Rev. Fr. Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, a parishioner of SS. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Teshie hails from Sefwi-Wiawso in the Western North Region of Ghana. He enjoys playing basketball, swimming, drawing, and watching movies.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Elikem Mensah Larnyoh, worships at St. Peter Damian Catholic Church, Tema and comes from Kpone, near Tema, in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. Dancing, touring, swimming, and watching movies are his hobbies.
Rev. Fr. Isaac Gyasi Amoateng is a native of Abuom in the Ahafo region of Ghana and worships at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Adenta. His hobbies are listening to music, playing computer games, watching football and wrestling.
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Boateng comes from Piase in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and worships at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Kwashieman. Basketball, swimming, reading, watching movies, and listening to music are his interests.
Rev. Fr. John Armah Koufie hails from Abura-Aboase in the Central Region of Ghana, a parishioner of Blessed Clementina Catholic Church, Ashaiman Middle-East. He also enjoys reading, walking, playing lawn tennis and volleyball, listening to music, and listening to people
Rev. Fr. Dominic Kwabla Amanor hails from Odumasi Krobo in the Eastern Region and worships at St. Kizito Catholic Church, Nima. Reading, listening to choral music, singing, walking, and playing football are his interests.
Source: Radio Angelus