St Paul’s Catholic Seminary in Sowutuom has marked its feast day celebration, the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, with a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass and the blessing and official opening of its newly refurbished Oratory.
Presiding over the Eucharistic Celebration was the Bishop of Donkokrom Vicariate, Most Rev Alphonse Asiedu. Welcoming the bishop to the celebration, Very Rev Fr. John Doe Dormah, the Acting Vice Rector of the Seminary described Bishop Asiedu as a simple and gentle bishop. He was happy that he had honoured the seminary’s invitation to join in the celebration.
In his homily, Bishop Asiedu called on seminarians to see this feast as a means to respond to God’s vocation for them. He described Paul’s call as a vocation for a man who was already zealous for God, except that he regarded the following of a “dead Jesus” as the Messiah an absurdity. Paul’s vocation led him to a complete change of life where he became faithful to the Lord. Bishop Asiedu, therefore, challenged seminarians to ascertain whether their vocation has also effected a change in their lives and whether they had experienced true conversion.
The Acting Rector of the Seminary, Very Rev Fr Francis Lemaire, on his part was full of praise for the many benefactors and benefactresses of the seminary and prayed the Lord’s blessings on them. The celebration witnessed the presentation and blessing of plaques to be fixed on the various rooms in the almost-complete Spiritual Year Hall (Andoh Hall).
This project was funded mainly by the benefactors and benefactresses of the Seminary. Bishop Asiedu was full of praise for the generosity of the benefactors and benefactresses and promised his continuous prayer and best wishes for them. The event was also used to initiate new members into the Seminary’s Cadet Corp.
After the Eucharistic Celebration, the refurbished Oratory for the Seminary was blessed by the Bishop and formerly opened for use. The refurbishment of the Oratory was carried out through the initiative of Very Rev Fr Michael K. Mensah, a formator, with the support of some benefactors and benefactresses.
The architectural design for the oratory was handled by Very Rev Fr. Clement Wilson. The Acting Rector was grateful to Fr Mensah for this initiative and asked for God’s blessings on his life and that of all who supported this initiative.
The celebration was climaxed with an in-house lunch where both formators and Seminarians together with the benefactors, benefactresses and the Bishop interacted.
Source: Wisdom Martin Kongor // Radio Angelus