Most Rev. John Alphonse Asiedu, the Apostolic Vicar of Donkorkrom Vicariate will ordain Rev. Anthony Teye Binyemi to priesthood on Saturday, November 28 as the only candidate for this year.
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PROFILE OF REV. ANTHONY TEYE BINYEMI
Rev. Anthony Teye Binyemi was born on Monday, 5th July, 1982 at Agomanya in Odumase Krobo, Eastern Region.
He is the last born of eight children: five females (one resting in peace) and three males born to Mr. Edward Ofoe Binyemi of blessed memory and Mrs. Lucy Akosua Darley Binyemi. He was baptized, confirmed and received first Communion in Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Agomanya in the Diocese of Koforidua. At Agomanya, he enthusiastically functioned as a Knight of the Altar for several years.
EDUCATION AND THE FORMATIVE JOURNEY
He spent his formative years at Agomanya Roman Catholic Nursery and Primary Schools from 1986 to 1992 and Gideon International School from 1992 to 1996 and continued at Mount Mary Demonstration Junior Secondary School from 1996 to 1999, all in Odumase Krobo. He thereafter entered Pope John Secondary School and Junior Seminary (POJOSS) at Effiduase, Koforidua, E/R, from 2000 to 2002 where he became a minor seminarian. He celebrates being a POJOBA. In 2004/2005 he did a Post-Secondary School programme in St. Teresa’s Minor Seminary at Amisano near Elmina, Central Region.
In 2006 he entered University of Ghana (UG) at Legon, Accra, and took courses in History, Sociology, Archaeology, and the Study of Religions. He was affiliated to Commonwealth Hall and he is a proud VANDAL. He joined the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) – Pax Romana, Legon Chapter. In May 2010 he obtained a First Class Hons. In Sociology with the Study of Religions and was placed at the Department for the Study of Religions, UG, where he did National Service as Tutorial Assistant (TA) for the 2010/2011 academic year.
In August 2011, he gained admission to the School of Graduate Studies, UG, to pursue Master’s degree in Sociology but he abandoned his Master’s degree pursuance with the view of pursuing priestly vocation. A month later, i.e. September 2011, he entered St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom, Accra, for Donkorkrom Apostolic Vicariate. He did the Spiritual year and was also part of the class that pioneered the three-year study of Philosophy at Sowutuom.
On 20th August, 2015 he progressed to St. Peter’s Regional Seminary at Pedu in Cape Coast and pursued a five-year study of Theology and Pastoral Formation and in the process was instituted duly into the respective ministries of lectors and acolytes.
During the 2018/2019 school year, he did a successful pastoral year assignment at St. Christopher Catholic Church at Xedzodzoekope, Afram plains, for phase one and St. Anthony Catholic Church at Mem-Chemfre, Afram Plains, for phase two.
On 3rd January, 2020 (feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus), he was ordained into the order of deacons, in St. Fidelis Catholic Church at Tease, Afram Plains, by the Most Rev. John Alphonse Asiedu, SVD, Apostolic Vicar of Donkorkrom.
In June 2020, he wrote the Urbaniana examinations which leads to the award of a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.
In August 2020, he took part in an Ongoing Formation of Deacons’ programme that was held in the Keta-Akatsi Diocesan Pastoral Centre at Torve and furthered an aspect in November 2020 in St. Anthony of Padua Parish at Amankwakrom, Afram Plains.
EARLY LIFE BEFORE SEMINARY DAYS
Prior to his seminary formation,he had experiences of work including teaching at Gideon International JSS in 2003 and later, a Field Investigating Officer of the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd., (ECG) of North-West district of Accra-West Region, Avenor, Accra. He did teaching in Divine Wisdom Preparatory and JSS at La, Accra (2006), while he was also a Mass server in St. Maurice Catholic Church at La, Accra. He was part of the enumeration team of the 2010 population and housing census for Lower Manya Municipal Assembly. He taught also in Modern Senior Secondary School at Kpong in Odumase Krobo.
His hobbies include reading, teaching, listening to hymns, and sightseeing.
He is interminably grateful to God for the gift of vocation and ordination to the Catholic priesthood. He is thankful to all, both living and now dead, who helped him to realize this delightful call to love and serve God and humanity.
Source: Agnus-Dei Media