A journey of a thousand miles they say begins with a single step. Rev. Fr. Samuel Akoto-Mensah, National Director of Religious Education and Catechetics, Accra on October 11, 2020 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, Taifa marked 25 years in the priestly journey.
The celebration had in attendance Rev. Fr. Joseph Arthur, Parish Priest of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Taifa, Rev. Fr. Edwin Terence Adzimah, Director, Centre for Human Developments, National Catholic Secretariat (NCS), Accra, Rev. Fr. Koo Mintah, Parish Priest of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dome, Rev. Fr. Isaac Ebo-Blay, National Director, PMS Ghana, NCS, Accra, Rev. Fr. Clement Kwasi Adjei, Director of Governance, Justice and Peace Directorate, NCS, Accra, religious as well as family and friends.
Speaking in his homily, Fr. Ebo-Blay, congratulated Fr. Akoto-Mensah for his dedicated service to God. He acknowledged that celebration is part of our lives and because of that we all share in the joy of the celebration. He however encouraged Catholic Christians to receive the word of God positively. He said, “How do we receive the word of God and how do we accommodate it? My brothers and sisters, Catholic Christians, let us always be mindful of this, many are called but few are chosen. Those who turned down the invitation were many and they are still many. Do not turn down the invitation of the Lord, rather respond positively by the right disposition.”
In addition, he urged Christians to be led by God. “Without God, the things we take here on earth is all frail, they do not last. When it comes from God Himself, it is everlasting”, he said.
Fr. Akoto-Mensah in his remarks stated that it has not been an easy journey but the death of his headteacher and his two companions on the day of his ordination keeps him going. He added that as individuals, something must keep us moving in life.
Fr. Akoto was born on 16th April 1965 to Mr. Peter Kwadwo Opoku and Mrs. Elizabeth Opoku Mensah of blessed memory in Assin Akonfodi, Central Region. He had his call to the priesthood when he visited his cousin and friend at Amisano. He proceeded to St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Sowutuom-Accra and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu after his A’Level exams. He was ordained a priest on 3rd September 1995 by His Eminence Peter Appiah Turkson.
Source: Catherine Bertieroh Dery // Radio Angelus