Diocesan News

Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso has ordained four deacons to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Tanoso, Yamfo Parish.  

Three of the newly ordained – Rev. Anthony Kwabena Appiah Yeboah, from Tanoso; Rev. Luke Patrick Effah Gyau from Susuanso; and Rev. Sylvester Baffour Awuah, from Susuanso – all belong to St. Anthony’s Parish, Yamfo. These three deacons were the pioneers of St. Gregory the Great Provincial Seminary at Parkoso where they had their spirituality, Philosophical and Theological Studies. The fourth deacon, Rev. Dominic Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, however, had his spirituality and Philosophy studies at St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom, Accra, and then went to St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast where he studied Theology.

Goaso Diocese started as a Diocese in 1998 with eighteen (18) priests and now with the ordination of these four young men, the Diocese can boast of sixty five (65) with three priests being deceased. The ordination Mass was concelebrated by scores of priests from the diocese and beyond. Among them were the NUGDPA President, Rev. Dr. Appiah Kubi; a formator from Parkoso, V. Rev Fr. Thomas Poku; Nananom; Government Officials; Families; Benefactors, and several hundreds of the Lay Faithful.

Read more: GOASO DIOCESE GETS FOUR NEW PRIESTS

Friday 24th February, 2017 marked the sod cutting ceremony of a long desired dream of Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Chief Shepherd of a predominantly rural Diocese of Goaso, to help improve the living standards of the people through holistic and quality education. According to the Bishop, the school would provide an exceptional good learning environment for students, in the vicinity and beyond, for many years to come.
Work officially commenced on the construction of St. Pope John Paul II Senior High School and Minor Seminary at Bechem. According to the Bishop, the magnitude of the project could be very scary, yet he had to take a bold decision to move a step forward from a thousand-mile journey. He made available the Proceeds of his 60th Birthday Anniversary celebrations as Seed Money to commence the project.
The Bishop appealed to Donor Agencies, Parishes, Institutions, Societies, Stakeholders and Individuals in the Diocese and beyond and the general public to assist him in the realization of this noble dream. It is his wish that the essential buildings could be completed soonest for commissioning and starting of the school.
In attendance at the ceremony were Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso; Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, Omanhene of Bechem;  Mr. James Frimpong-Asante, Architect, Missions Arc Consult and his team; Mr George Darfour, DASS Water Engineering and Construction Works – Wenchi; and scores of Priests and Religious performed and witnessed the ceremony at the site. The Bishop cut the sod while Nana Fosu Gyaebour planted the Memorial Tree. Bishop Atuahene used the occasion to thank the Omanhene, Nana Fosu Gyeabour Akoto II, for his unflinching support and most importantly for the provision of vast acres of land for future development.  The bishop further said history was repeating itself, in that, in the 1940s Bechem was a preparatory ground for minor seminarians. The Omanhene applauded the Bishop for choosing Bechem for the site of the school.
The Architect, Mr. Frimpong in his submission explained the need to make the drawings in cognizance with the privacy as well as protection of the students from the intrusion of the general public. Most of structures would be three-storey buildings and it would include the Administration, Classrooms, Masters’ Bungalows, Sporting and health facilities, Auditorium, Chapel, Maintenance Department, Dining Hall and Kitchen.

Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso has appealed to Parishes, Institutions, Societies, Stakeholders and Individuals in the Diocese and beyond and the general public to assist him construct St. John Paul II Seminary & Senior High School (SHS) at Bechem.
Bishop Atuahene noted that it had become imperative because even though there were a number of mixed and Girls SHS in the Diocese, it lacked a Boys School; hence the need to establish a male SHS to cater for the educational needs of boys in the Diocese and its catchment areas.
The Bishop made the appeal at a thanksgiving Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral, Goaso to mark his 60th Birthday Celebration.  He said one of his desires as the Chief Shepherd of a predominantly rural Diocese is to help improve the living standards of the people through quality education delivery. He stressed that the Male-sex School was essential because according to 2010 National Population and Housing Census, the number of adolescent boys in the area outnumbered the girls but whereas there were two SHS for girls, there was none for boys and therefore “it would be necessary to set up one boys SHS to give equal opportunities for secondary education”
“More importantly, the Boys’ Senior High School, will have a Minor Seminary section to nurture young men who aspire to the priesthood but are denied admission to the Minor Seminary or Senior High Schools due to lack of space”, he added.

The Prelate lamented that due to the Small Scale mining, both legal and illegal in the Ahafo Area, some parents and relatives use the young boys as cheap labour in the mining business denying them the opportunity to continue schooling after Junior High School.  “At a tender age, some of the boys after JHS migrate to the towns and cities in search of non-existing jobs, ending up becoming street children and engage in all kinds of vices or being trafficked” he stated.
He said the project needs to construct the basic facilities including Classroom Blocks,  Dormitory Block and four-Bedroom Bungalows for the core staff members. 

APPEAL FOR SUPPORT
Having realized the need for a SHS for boys in the Diocese of Goaso, the Prelate donated all the money realized at the 60th Birthday Anniversary as a seed money for the commencement of the project. However, the greatest challenge confronting us is funding.
We are, therefore, soliciting assistance, in cash and in kind, from all and sundry to realize this noble dream.

Read more: SUPPORT BISHOP ATUAHENE TO ESTABLISH SEMINARY/BOYS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL AT BECHEM

Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso has ordained one priest for the Diocese at the St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral, Goaso. The newly ordained priest, Rev. Fr. Francis Ayana, is a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral parish, Goaso. Rev. Fr.  Ayana hails from Bongo in the Upper East Region of Ghana, yet he was born and bred at Goaso. He had his Primary, Junior and Senior High education, all at Goaso, and then proceeded to St. James Minor Seminary for his Post SHS studies at Abesim in Sunyani. He further pursued his Philosophical and Theological studies at St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom, Accra and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast, respectively. He graduated with a BA in Sociology and the Study of Religions from the University of Ghana, Legon in 2013. Father Ayana was ordained a deacon on the 19th of December, 2015 and priest on 9th July 2016 and celebrated his First Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral.

The Ordination Mass was concelebrated by scores of priests from the Diocese of Goaso and beyond. Among the concelebrants included; Very Rev. Fr. James Owusu- Yeboah, SMA, (SMA Regional Superior – Accra) Rev. Msgr. Matthew Addai, the Vicar General and Principal of St Joseph College of Education, Bechem, Rev. Fr. Elisha Manu, Ag. Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Msgr. Benjamin Poku Donkor, Rev. Fr. Captain Rudolf Sara Twumasi Ankra, (Military Chaplain, 2BN, Apremdo – Takoradi) Rev. Fr. Augustine Nsiah Asante (USA).

Read more: BISHOP ATUAHENE ORDAINS PRIEST FOR GOASO DIOCESE

 


The Goaso Diocesan Catholic Women Association (CWA) celebrated their Annual Feast of the Holy Family in a grand durbar at Kunsu under the theme: “The Responsibilities of Catholic Women towards the Care and Protection of Creation (cf. Laudato Si)” The four days programme was attended by over 2,000 Catholics and Non-Catholics. The Women were taken through a series of Talks on the theme and also had the opportunity to go for confession. 

The Bishop, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene, in his address focused on the apostolic encyclical of Pope Francis on care for our common home, “Laudato Si” which means “Praise be to you”. Quoting from the encyclical, “In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us, ‘Praise to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs’.” This means that the earth is like our sister and mother and through her we came into this world, it provides our nourishment and in the end of our life we shall enter the same earth. He further observed that unfortunately the mother earth is crying because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We are destroying our mother earth through indiscriminate human activities such as illegal mining, poor sanitation, the widespread of waste in our streets, towns and villages, indiscriminate felling of trees which is destroying our forests and the water bodies an effect contributing to global environmental deterioration. 

The Bishop appealed to them to be circumspect in their utterances especially now that we have entered the election year and to advice their children especially the youth to be extra careful in what they do and say. According to him, the aftermath of prolonged war in Rwanda through which thousands of lives were lost, there is a big house full of skull and bones of the victims as tourist site, a compelling sign that war is nothing to wish for. He added that Kigali, the capital of the nation is so neat and clean that one cannot find even a piece of paper on the ground throughout the city all because of their policy on sanitation, warning even visitors in the Aeroplane before landing in the city. He said that “mother earth is hired for us to derive our sustenance hence we would be accountable to God our Creator how we USE or MISUSE it”.

Read more: GOASO DIOCESAN CWA CELEBRATES ANNUAL FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Most Rev. Peter Kwaku Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso, on the 19th of December, 2016, ordained one deacon for the Diocese at the St. Anthony of Padua Cathedra, Goaso. The newly ordained deacon, Rev. Francis Ayana, is a parishioner of  St. Anthony of Padua Cathedral parish, Goaso. Rev. Ayana had his Senior High School education at Ahafoman Senior High School at Goaso, from where he proceeded to St. James Minor Seminary for his Post SHS studies at Abesim in Sunyani. He further pursued his Philosophical and Theological studies at St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom, Accra and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast, respectively. Currently, he is in the final year of his theological formation at St. Peters’ Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast.

The Mass was concelebrated by scores of priests from the Diocese and beyond. Among them included; Rev. Msgr. Matthew Addai, the Vicar General, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Boahene Kyeremeh, the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Msgr. Benjamin Poku Donkor, Rev. Fr. Joseph Aduse-Poku and Rev. Fr. Captain Rudolf Sara Twumasi Ankra and many more. Also in attendance were the relatives and friends of the ordinandi..

In his homily, Bishop Atuahene thanked the parents, family, formators, benefactors, priests, religious, and parishes, who prayed, supported and helped and are still helping in the formation of the newly ordained deacon. He entreated them to continue to pray and encourage more young men and women to join the Priesthood and Religious life to help in the spreading of the Gospel. He also thanked the newly ordained deacon and commended him for willingly and humbly accepting the call of God and responding to it with the spirit of humility, prayer, perseverance and diligence, encouraging him to keep up the same spirit in finishing hard as by the grace of God he gradually brings his seminary formation to an end.

Read more: BISHOP ATUAHENE ORDAINS DEACON FOR GOASO DIOCESE

His Lordship Most Rev. Peter Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso, launched the Year of Mercy in a colourful celebration with Priests and Religious working in the Diocese, Lay Leaders of the Parishes and Societies, at St. Anthony Cathedral, Goaso. During the ceremony, Francis Ayana, a seminarian, was ordained a deacon and also in attendance were the relatives and friends of the ordinandi.

According to the Bishop, Pope Francis launched his yearlong push for a global Catholic Church of mercy and forgiveness. The Jubilee year started with the opening of the holy door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 8, 2015, and the year is calling for a church that always puts mercy before judgment. The Bishop quoting the Pope said “a jubilee year is a special year called by the Catholic Church to receive blessings and pardon from God and remission of our sins.... And to enter through the Holy door means to rediscover the deepness of the mercy of the Father who welcomes all and goes out to meet everyone personally”. While most Jubilees had focused on calling pilgrims to come to Rome to receive such pardon, Pope Francis has widely expanded this Jubilee, asking that dioceses throughout the world open their own holy door at a cathedral or other church of their choice to expand the practice globally.

The seven-Member Committee responsible for the implementation of the Year of Mercy assisted the Bishop to launch the programme. Four members carried the Diocesan Banner in procession through the Cathedral Door to the Sanctuary. The Chairman of the Committee, Rev. Dr. Owusu Addo, explained the symbolism of the Logo. According to him the image of the logo is that of the Universal Church. It shows a man who is quite strong, in the person of Jesus Christ, who has shouldered a weak person representing the weak, the rejected, and the sick and the man has given them rest. The church is seen here as personified in the weak, in the rejected, and in the neglected. Therefore, the church is asking us that in the course of year of mercy we be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful. And the Diocese of Goaso has added that “Blessed are the Merciful for they shall be shown mercy” (Mt. 5:7). 

Following the directives from the Holy Father for the Jubilee: 

The Bishop has designated Goaso and Bechem Churches as the Diocesan Jubilee Year of Mercy Centres.

Jubilee candles were lighted by the Bishop and all those present from which the faithful and members they represented would light their individual candles to renew their Baptismal Vows.

Every church is to pray the Jubilee of Mercy Prayer every Sunday before the Post Communion Prayer

Every church and every home are to display the Jubilee Year of Mercy Logo

The Bishop appealed to all and sundry, to participate fully in the yearlong programme of activities outlined for the societies, churches, parishes and the Diocese as a whole.

Reported by Rev. Fr. Isaac Boansi (DEPSOCOM Director – Goaso)

      

          

 Year of Mercy Banner for the Diocese                                                       Year of Mercy Sticker for Homes and Workplaces                             The Bishop and his Priests Lit Year of Mercy Candle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

         

It is very rare for someone to celebrate both silver and golden jubilee anniversaries together in a life time. As for Sr. Dinah it was a milestone in history of her life to celebrate both her silver jubilee in religious vows and her golden birthday. Indeed it was worth celebrating and thanking God for the years chalked in her life. As the whole church observed the Year of consecrated life in 2015, it was so special for Sr. Dinah Ofosu, SSpS to celebrate the goodness and the blessings of the Lord who had called her in an exceptional manner. 

The awesome celebration took place at the St. Anthony’s Cathedral on Sunday, December 6, 2015. Sr. Dinah Ofosu celebrated her day by thanking God for His abundant mercies and blessings. Sr. Mercy Margaret Benson, SSpS who is Sr. Dinah’s section mate also joined her to rejoice in the Lord and thanked God for the numerous blessings He has bestowed on them in the last twenty – five years of their religious life. 

The Sisters were warmly welcomed by the parishioners who attended the ceremony in their colourful societal uniforms amidst traditional drumming and dancing. Also in attendance was the Bishop of Yendi diocese, Most Rev. Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, SVD and the landlord of Goaso Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene; the two bishops graced the occasion as the homilist and main celebrant respectively. Other dignitaries included Msgr. Anthony Boahen Kyeremeh, Cathedral Administrator, and Very Rev. Fr. James Kwadwo Owusu, Superior of the SMA congregation in Ghana, Rev. Fr. Bernard Blolong SVD. Also in attendance were the Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), family members, friends and well-wishers.

Read more: DOUBLE BLESSING!!

His Lordship, Most Rev. Peter Atuahene has commissioned mechanised borehole at Kasapin in the Asunafo North District on 11th December 2015. He thanked the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Francis Addae Poku for making the proposal and the donors, ‘Grove for Ghana’ in St. Hugh Catholic Church, Miami, U.S.A. who sponsored the project.

The Bishop appealed to the stakeholders to ensure proper maintenance of the project and pleaded with the District Assembly to do the expansion work. According to him wild animals in the forests are diminishing, the forest is gradually being destroyed, while water bodies are being polluted. He therefore appealed to the people to stop indiscriminate felling of trees to protect the forest and the water bodies. He encouraged the parents to take interest in the education of their children, especially the girls, and to protect them against teenage pregnancies, drug abuse and other social vices.

The Assemblyman of the area, Hon. Thomas Ameyaw Bekoe, thanked the Bishop and the Catholic Church in general for the development of Ahafo Area and more importantly Kasapin and its environs. He appealed to the people to pay their taxes to the Assembly for the development of the town. He cautioned the people to be extra careful during the dry season to prevent bush fires. He assured the people that there were opportunities for assistance from the government for the physically challenged persons, and they should contact him for more details.

The Chief of the town, Nana Opunuawisie Wiredu Brempong promised to give a vast parcel land to the church for future development projects. He asked the Bishop to establish a Good Catholic School for the children in the Community.

Reported by Rev. Fr. Isaac Boansi (Director of Communications - Goaso)

Most Rev. Peter Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso, has stated that in addition to his spiritual responsibilities, he is committed to providing safe and clean drinking water throughout his diocese especially in communities where sources of drinking water have been polluted. He said this during his recent commissioning of Expansion Work of Solar Powered Mechanised Borehole at Dantano in Asunafo South District to serve the Health Centre and the community.

In attendance at the ceremony were the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Daniel Owusu, the Queen mother, Nana Ama Agyarpa and her Elders, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Boahen Kyeremeh, the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Msgr. Benjamin Poku Donkor, Diocesan Project Development Coordinator, Rev. Sr. Dinah Ofosu, SSpS., Superior of the Holy Spirit Sisters, Ghana Province and dignitaries, and the Community members and School Children.

Read more: Dantano Health Centre and Community Receive Safe Drinking Water

Very Reverend Fathers Stephen Dabanka (right) and Dr Augustine Owusu Addo (left)  celebrated the Silver Jubilee to the priesthood on 24th October 2015 at St. Anthony Cathedral, Goaso. Both priests were ordained into the Catholic Priesthood in Sunyani on 21st July 1990.

In attendance were some classmates and dignitaries like Most Rev Peter Atuahene, Catholic Bishop of Goaso, Most Rev Dominic Nyarko Yeboah, the Catholic Bishop of Techiman, Very Rev. Fr. Nicholas Afriyie, Secretary General, National Catholic Secretariat, Nana  Ansah Adu Baah, the Omanhene of Yamfo Traditional Area, Nana Afuah Sarpong, Akwaboahemaa – Kumasi, Mrs Florence Opoku Anokye based in London, U.K, the Acting Vice Chancellor and the Staff of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre, Priests and Religious from several Dioceses.

 

Read more: TWO PRIESTS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY IN GOASO DIOCESE