Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, DD.STD, Catholic Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese says Seminaries in Ghana may run on ‘double-track’ given the present pressing demands which call for urgent attention.
He said this at this year’s Priestly ordination in the Koforidua Diocese, held at the St. Rose’s Senior High School-Akwatia last Saturday.
The Prelate noted that the delay in the resumption of seminary activities in Ghana is as a result of the coronavirus restrictions, which calls for the needed measures to be in place for normalcy to be restored.
The Bishop said, after deliberations, church authority in Ghana has put forward three proposals to be considered in order to restore normalcy back in the various seminaries.
He said, to ease the burden and restore normalcy back in the various seminaries, “students may be put on double track, resort to online studies or trim down the number of students per session which may however impact teaching schedules”.
He mentioned that as a last resort, authorities may put seminary activities in Ghana on hold for up to a year if all proposed measures are not feasible.
Bishop Afrifa-Agyekum lamented that financial burden is drowning activities in the seminary noting the huge sums of money his diocese alone spends annually on its seminarians.
He said, “last year, for instance, I spent ¢200.000 on the seminarians in my Diocese, for those in Sowutuom and Cape coast”.
“This year when we went for the bill, we were given almost 300,000 cedis and this depends on the number of seminarians you have”, he emphasized
The Prelate said the Diocese couldn’t absorb all the fees of the seminarians last year, “we’re still owing. It is now an issue that needs urgent attention”, he added.
Bishop Afrifa-Agyekum made an appeal to the church to support seminarians.
He said, “If we’re not able to support the seminarians, these newly ordained priests may be the last batch for the Diocese”.
“last year, for instance, I spent ¢200.000 on the seminarians in my Diocese, for those in Sowutuom and Cape coast”.
The Diocese couldn’t absorb all the fees of the seminarians last year, “we’re still owing. It is now an issue that needs urgent attention
Seminaries in Ghana may run on ‘double-track’
CALL FOR SUPPORT
It is a call on you all to “try and help us to be able to raise this fund. I know that times are difficult, COVID has affected everybody, but I have also gone into my reserve, as at now the priests are here, nobody has been able to pay the levy to the coffers in the Diocese”, he appealed
“So you ask me, how am I running the diocese?
So it is difficult for me just as it is difficult for you.
We are working with the priests to find ways and means to be able to work out these things”.
On his part, parishners can see their priests if they wish to “raise that amount of 4500 to take care of one seminarian”.
He further charged all could support in any way to reach out to support.
Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, DD. STD, Chief Shepherd of the Koforidua Diocese, on Saturday, October 3, ordained three priests for the Diocese in a colourful ceremony.
The ceremony, held at the St. Rose’s Senior High in the Koforidua Diocese saw priests numbering over 40, Religious, lay faithful and well-wishers within and outside the newly ordained priests’ immediate
Rev. Msgr. Francis Twum- Barimah, Vicar General of the Koforidua Diocese presented the three candidates; Rev. Martin Delali Atitson, Rev. George Yeboah and Rev. Samuel Eli Adadey to the Most Rev. Joseph Afrifa-Agyekum, DD. STD, Chief Shepherd of the Koforidua Diocese to be ordained priests.
The Ordaining Prelate, Most Rev. Afrifa-Agyekum, in his Homily charged the newly ordained priests to proclaim the word of God with all seriousness and stressed that failure on the part of the priests to do so “has serious consequences”.