FAITH FORMATION, CATECHESIS MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY” BISHOP AFFOAKWAH
“FAITH FORMATION, CATECHESIS MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY” BISHOP AFFOAKWAH
The Most Reverend John Yaw Afoakwah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi has called on all stakeholders to “take seriously” issues relating to Catechesis and Faith Formation. According to him, “catechetical instructions for the sacrament of initiation are unfortunately rushed through in many instances and so newly baptized Catholics become sacramentalized and not properly evangelized.”
“We know that Catholic teachings are authentic and dense. Yet due to lack of regular organized catechesis for the laity, many do not understand the faith.” He said and added that “Christianity is the religion of the Word of God – the incarnate and living Word. Consequently, the scripture is to be proclaimed, heard, read, received and experienced as the Word of God in the stream of the Apostolic Tradition from which it is inseparable.”
He made these remarks when he delivered the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2020 National Catechetical Commission Meeting held on October 26, 2020 at the St. Kizito Pastoral Centre, Apowa in the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
The theme for this year’s edition of the National Catechetical Commission Meeting was “The Word of God: Christian Formation for Transformation in Ghana.”
Bishop Afoakwah, who is also the Episcopal Chair of the National Catechetical Commission further mentioned that “through baptism one is initiated into Christ. Thus, he or she is to be taught to obey everything the Lord commands. This is achieved through the process of Christian formation. Christian formation is the process of shaping one’s life to conform to the image of Jesus Christ for the glory of God and the sake of others.”
“The Word of God forms the basis for all Christian formation programs and activities. This is because the Word of God is about a person, Jesus Christ and His Word or Message that has transformative power to effect positive change in the life of an individual.” He added.
The meeting was attended by delegates from the dioceses within the country. Also present at the opening ceremony were Very. Rev. Fr. John Baptist Attakruh, Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, Very Rev. Fr. Akoto- Mensah , National Director of Catechetics, Msgr. James Margaret Mesu, Msgr. Joseph Gym Austin, Msgr. Francis Yaw Tawiah, Mrs. Theresa Prah who was Chairperson of the Meeting as well as some priests from the Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.