Botswana’s Diocese of Gaborone’s Bishop, Most Rev. Frank Atese Nubuasah, SVD, who also hails from Ghana has marked his 40 years in Priesthood in a solemn regard giving the faithful and the wider community a sneak peek into his early days as a priest.
Bishop Nubuasah, ordained on the 26th of July 1980, clocks 40 years in his ministry and calls on the Catholic faithful to mark the day with him and share his joy.
In a post sited by Agnus-Dei Media on his Facebook platform, the Prelate recalls his early days in his Priesthood journey and shares his fondest memories as he climbs the holy priest ladder.
The Journey so far
Forty years ago today was on a Sunday. It was a bright day with a promise. People had travelled and even walked many kilometers to be present at the First Holy Mass that I have ever celebrated.
The town was vibrant with excitement and expectation. With over 50 priests concelebrating with me, the people had not taken part in such big and momentous celebration this close.
They had always seen such events from a distance. This time, it was different, it was close. They all had front seats. One of theirs, a friend, a relative, a school mate and on and on it goes with each justifying their claim to be present.
I celebrated the Mass with fear and trepidation as I was touching God himself. Speaking the words of consecration over the bread and wine was a spiritual event and a life changing experience.
The God who created me, called and chosen me now gives me the authority to change bread and wine into his precious Body and Blood. I am sure all priests experience this. I felt a bit like Isaiah in the presence of God when he recognized his unworthiness. I could have cried but no one would understand, so I kept it to myself and continued as usual with the Mass. First Mass!!”
The Prelate in marking the historical journey also called on the faithful to journey with him in prayer and offer companionship as he leads the “flock”.
The prelate was born to Mr. Joseph Nubuasah and Mrs. Dora Nubuasah on the 7th of June 1949 in Likpe Agbozome a village in Ghana. The bishop is the first boy, Of his four sisters. Young Frank Nubuasah was educated in his home village and Kadjebi where he did his secondary education.
After working for a year he decided to join the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD). Completing his seminary formation at the Regional Seminary in Tamale, Ghana he was ordained on the 26th of July 1980. Together with another priest from his parish, they were the first priests of the parish. 1949 Soon after ordination, he was missioned to Botswana as one of the initial group of four SVD missionaries to start working in the country .
He was later recalled to Ghana to assist in the formation of novices. He did two years of post graduate course at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh earning the Masters of Arts degree. Returning home, he was Master of novices until he was appointed Bishop of the newly created Apostolic Vicariate of Francistown on 7th November 1998 after his ordination as Bishop in June that same year.
Source: Agnus-Dei Media