POPE FRANCIS APPOINTS FR. ATTAKRUH AS BISHOP-ELECT OF SEKONDI-TAKORADI
Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr. John Baptist Attakruh as bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
Rev. Msgr. Maher Chammas, Charge d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ghana made the announcement on Thursday morning at the Star of the Cathedral, Takoradi
Fr. Attakruh has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi since his appointment in July 2020.
Addressing a gathering of priests, religious and laity, Fr Attakruh express gratitude to Pope Francis for the confidence reposed in him. He also added that he will “serve with love, steadfastness, courage, and hope.”
Father was born on 13th October 1957. He was ordained a priest on 30th July 1989.
After attending St. Teresa’s Minor Seminary at Amisano in Elmina from 1972- 1979, he joined the Jesuits (Society of Jesus) for his Novitiate and Philosophy from 1980-1985.
But he undertook his studies in theology at the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary at Pedu in Cape Coast from 1985-1989. He was ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi on 30th July 1989.
Fr. Attakruh holds a licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm, Rome. He also holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision of Instruction.
He has also served as formator and lecturer at St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape-Coast. Prior to the appointment as Apostolic Administrator, he was the Director of the Diocesan Catechetical Institute of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
Below are the names of past bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi.
Joseph Amihere Essuah
November 20, 1969 – October 7, 1980
Charles Kweku Sam
September 30, 1981 – January 13, 1998
John Martin Darko
June 27, 1998 – December 14, 2011
John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp.
September 2014 – January 2, 2019
Appointed Archbishop of Accra