The Divine Word Missionaries (SVD) Southern Ghana celebrated their Arnoldus Family feast on Friday, 24th January, 2020 at the SVD Conference Centre, Nsawam Adoagyiri together with the Missionary sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), some family members and friends.
The occasion coincided with anniversary celebrations of some SVD Priests and Religious who have selflessly served the church in Ghana to become what it is today.
In his homily, Fr. Andrews Obeng, SVD, spoke about their patron saint Arnold Jansen who bore many qualities. He said Arnold Jansen was not afraid to take risks and for that we should emulate his lifestyle and be ready to take risks in the light of prayer and faith which will lead all to God. He went further to say he was a man of prayer and knew the value of prayer and the value of perseverance. “He never gave up despite all obstacles, he kept that faith and formed 3 congregations, a testimony of perseverance”, he said.
He encouraged all present to not give up but keep up the energy like Arnold Jansen and bear more fruits. He urged them to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Jansen by reaching out to the poor and marginalized and most importantly bringing them closer to God.
Gifts were presented to the Jubilarians to congratulate them for their efforts and hard work throughout their priestly and religious journey. The jubilarians for the year 2020 are as follows; 50 years in Priesthood; Rev Fr. Patrick Ofori, Rev Fr. Konrad Dreyer, Fr. Andrew Campbell and Rev Fr. John Schilitz, 50 years in vows; Bishop Vincent Sowah Boi – Nai, 40 years in vows; Bishop Gabriel Edoe Kumordji, Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, Rev Bro Stephen Domelevo and Rev Fr. Andrew Quaye – Foli.
The rest are, 25 years in Priesthood; Rev Fr. Daniel Lenwah and Rev Fr. John Prempeh and 25 years in vows; Rev Fr. George Angmor, Rev Fr. Benediktus Bau, Rev Fr. Bruno Yirzie and Rev Fr. Pierre Avonyo.
Rev Bro Stephen Domelevo, SVD, spoke on behalf of the jubilarians where he expressed profound gratitude to God and the community for appreciating them through gifts and prayers.
Story by E.S.D