Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa Agyekum, DD. STD, Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese, has advised priesthood candidates not to see their ministry as a time to take honor upon themselves, but a life of extreme self-denial to enable them to serve the Lord wholly.
The Bishop in his Homily at a Diaconate ordination held at St Theresa Parish, Effiduase, exhorted the candidates to stick fast to their calling with a clear conscience to serve and not to feed their selfish purpose.
“You must be serious, not double tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money and more fast to mystery of faith with a clear conscience,” He counselled.
The Bishop further charged that their devotion to God and the Church must render them spotless and worthy of leading God’s flock.
Bishop Afrifa commended the faithful for their enthusiasm and closeness in supporting evangelization and vocation promotion in the Diocese and stressed for continuous support.
He also commended parents and guardians of the candidates for making their children available and encouraging them to serve God and pursue the priestly path.
He admitted that it was a difficult decision, but it did not prevent them from encouraging them and preparing them for the priestly call.
“Thank you for offering your sons for the ministry in the Church. May God bless for this great sacrifice and I know the good Lord will always remember you.”
Parents and guardians present at the occasion thanked the Church, its leadership, and formators in the various seminaries for their painstaking efforts in forming and molding their sons into deacons, a key step toward priesthood.
The newly ordained Deacons were Rev. Eric Godsway Amuyao, Rev. Eric Etsey Amevor, Rev. Michael Owusu Frimpong, Rev. Edwin Okletey Tettey, Rev. Francis Eduah, and Rev. Moses Kofi Teye.
These six Deacons would join the ranks of clergy serving in parishes and other venues across the Diocese.
Their diaconal ministry is divided into three parts: service to God’s Word, service at the Lord’s altar, and service to the destitute.
As deacons, they would be the living and active manifestation of the Church’s compassion.
Source: AGNUS-DEI MEDIA