Most Rev John Alphonse Asiedu, the Apostolic Vicar of the Donkorkrom paid a three-day working visit to the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Maame Krobo.
The pastoral visit was in compliance with Canon 396.1 of the canon law which states: “A bishop is obliged to visit the diocese annually either in whole or in part so that he visits the entire diocese at least every five years either personally or if he has been legitimately impeded, through the coadjutor bishop, an auxiliary, vicar general, episcopal vicar, or another presbyter.”
The Goal of Most Rev John Alphonse Asiedu’s Pastoral Visit to the parish was to come into personal contact with the priests, the youth, and lay people responsible for various areas of the pastoral life of the parish.
The St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Maame Krobo is one of the 8 parishes in the Vicariate. The parish has 19 outstations with two priests, two schools, and a clinic. It has a population of about 1500 Catholics.
The parish priest Rev. Fr. Stephen Kofi Sakpaku and his pastoral companion are responsible for pastoral ministry within the parish. There are some sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS) who also support the two priests in the parish.
During the bishop’s visit, he became acquainted with the reality of the environment, the socio-economic condition of the people, the current pastoral programs, and the overall functioning of the parish.
Most Rev John Alphonse Asiedu’s visit brought encouragement and hope to the parish community as the people to the opportunity to communicate some of their concerns and worries to the bishop.
The Bishop visited six out of the 19 outstations of the parish: Maame Krobo, Kwasi Fante, Dome, Alezuma, Bonkrom and Gyaneboafo of the Sunday Masses and concludes the pastoral visit by meeting with the clergy.