The Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, had its priestly ordination which saw six Reverend Deacons ordained to the priesthood at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka-Accra.
The Six Candidates after going through the required formation and being found worthy as testified by the Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, Very Rev. Raymond Osei Tutu, were permitted to undergo the rites of ordination to transition into the office of priesthood.
The Ordinandi include Reverends Fathers Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, Emmanuel Elikem Mensah Larnyoh, Isaac Gyasi Amoateng, Emmanuel Boateng, John Armah Koufie and Dominic Kwabla Amanor,
Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle took the seat as the ordaining bishop on the invitation by the Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, Cssp. In his homily, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle charged the new priests to lead exemplary lives.
During the rites of ordination, each candidate took the vow of celibacy and obedience. The ordaining bishop handed the ordinandi a chalice and paten to highlight the importance of celebrating the Eucharist in the life of the priest.
The hands of the newly ordained priests were anointed by the ordaining bishop to signify preparation of the hands of the priest for the sacred duties. They were vested with Stole and Chasuble. The Stole symbolizes the authority and responsibility to serve in imitation of Christ while the Chasuble is the principal garment of the priest celebrating the Holy Eucharist.
This year’s priestly ordination was restricted to only a handful of the faithful, the religious, and seminarians with a live stream on DEPSOCOM Accra Social Media handles, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Each newly ordained priest was presented with a gift from the Archdiocese. They blessed the ordaining bishop, Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Curia of the Archdiocese of Accra, and their parents.
Rev. Fr. Bernard Adu-Tawiah Sor, on behalf of the newly ordained priests, expressed gratitude to the Archbishop, their parents and family, formators, benefactors and benefactress, and all who in diverse ways support them during their formation and ordination.
In an interview, some parents and family member who graced the occasion could not hold their joy.
Juliette Y. Manomey