The Saints Anne and Joachim Catholic Church, Teshie has celebrated Rev. Fr. Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, as the twelfth Priest produced by the Community in Accra.
Fr. Sor celebrated his first Eucharistic Mass on Sunday, September 20, 2020, after his ordination on September 19 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral by Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Cape Coast and Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference
He was ordained together with five others by the Archbishop on behalf of Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra who is still recovering from a short illness.
The celebration of first Mass at Ss. Anne and Joachim was witnessed by family and friends as well as a number of Priests and Religious including Rev. Fr. Dr. Oduro Wiafe, Rev. Fr. Dr. Emmanuel Richard Mawusi one of his Formators and Vice-Rector at the St. Peter Major Seminary, Pedu in Cape Coast.
The Ss. Anne and Joachim Parish has so far produced the following priests;
Fr. Felix Sessenyo, Fr. Andy Soley (late), Fr. Raphael Atta- Donkor, Fr. Dennis Richard Opoku, Fr. Samuel Kwaku Korkordi and Fr. Aaron Agbeshie Agorsor.
The rest are Fr. David Selassie Agah, SVD, Fr. Alphonse Bulloro, Fr. Emmanuel Adjeitey Sowah, SVD, Fr. Albert Apewe Amonzem, Fr. Donatus Pallu and the last son Fr. Sor.
The Parish had equally birthed one Religious Sister, Sr. Regina Dzaka currently in Malta, and a Holy Cross Religious Brother, Rev. Bro. Maxwell Aboagye Kyeremeh currently working in Cape Coast.
In a homily at the first Mass, Very Rev. Fr. Clement Wilson, the newly appointed Administrator of the Holy Spirit Cathedral and outgoing Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Derby Avenue in Accra admonished Fr. Sor to daily prepare for every Eucharistic celebration as if it was his first Mass.
“For one to succeed, Jesus has to enter our boats. Our boats should always be clean and for it to be clean, one has to go for confession always,” he advised.
Humility, he said, is very important in the life of every Christian which should not elude a Catholic Priest and it is one of the surest ways to succeed.
Fr. Wilson who was a former Parish Priest of Ss. Anne and Joachim cautioned against the selective discharge of priestly duties and encouraged equal respect to people who come to share their views.
“Listen to everyone’s view and select one that would benefit the whole community, not an individual. Share with others what you have, it could be advice,” he counseled Fr. Sor.
He urged the newly ordained Priest not to be tempted to use the altar of God to insult and underrate the intelligence of the lay faithful in the community he would be serving.
“Actions and deeds push way or bring people to God. We should mine our actions and deeds”, he added.
As part of the first Mass celebration of Priesthood, he blessed his family, priests, seminarians, benefactors, and his classmates and friends.
Fr. Sor who hails from Sefwi-Wiawso in the Western North Region of Ghana recalled the story of how he began his journey into the Priesthood after completing his 1st Degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
He is also an alumnus of St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast where he had his second cycle education.
He began his Seminary formation at St. Paul Catholic Seminary, Sowutuom in Accra between 2011 to 2015 where he read Philosophy and proceeded to read Theology at St. Peter’s Seminary, Pedu in Cape Coast from 2015 to 2020.
He was ordained a Deacon by Archbishop Kwofie on January 10, 2020, at the St. John the Evangelist Church at Adenta, Accra and speaks Sefwi, Twi, Ga, Ewe, Dangbe, and English.
Fr. Sor’s hobbies include Basketball, swimming, watching movies, and gardening.
Source: Newswatchgh.com //Juliana Fobi