THE PRIESTHOOD IS GRATUITOUS AND UNDESERVING” ARCHBISHOP PALMER-BUCKLE TO NEW PRIESTS.
“THE PRIESTHOOD IS GRATUITOUS AND UNDESERVING” ARCHBISHOP PALMER-BUCKLE TO NEW PRIESTS.
The Most Reverend Charles G. Palmer-Buckle has called on priests to be mindful of the truth that “the holy priesthood is totally gratuitous and undeserving.” He added that “no one takes this honour upon himself but only when called by God. Therefore, God himself will be with you. Do not forget that.”
He made these remarks in a homily during a Mass on Saturday, September 12, 2020, where 13 young men were ordained to the ministerial priesthood. The 13 newly ordained priests include;
Rev. Fr. Alex Abaka
Rev. Fr. Raymond Bright Acquah
Rev. Fr. Joseph Afful
Rev. Fr. Dominic Andoh
Rev. Fr. Gideon Awuah
Rev. Fr. Eric Bosomtwe
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Sika Donkor
Rev. Fr. William Donkor
Rev. Fr. Ebenezer Asamoah Enning
Rev. Fr. Charles Paa Kwofie
Rev. Fr. Daniel Opokye Quainoo
Rev. Fr. Leslie Donkor Tano
Rev. Fr. Stephen Zotor
The Archbishop further urged the newly ordained priests to strive to “live in Christ-like selflessness and self-denial.”
“To follow Christ in the priesthood you must be ready to follow Him in the evangelical counsels – obedience, poverty and chastity. It was not easy for Jesus and it will not be easy for you too” he said.
Addressing the congregation, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle encouraged them to be supportive to the new priests as they begin their journey of service to the people of God.
“Do not become for this young men the stone of scandal and the obstacle of their becoming fit for the kingdom of God. May we never be any source of scandal for these young priests” he said.
Present at the solemn ceremony which took place at the St. Teresa’s Minor Seminary, Amisano was Most Rev. Matthias Nketsiah, Emeritus Archbishop of Cape-Coast as well as priests, religious and lay faithful from different parts of the Archdiocese.
The new priests are expected to celebrate their maiden Masses in their various parishes on Sunday, September 13, 2020.