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Four Catholic Bishops ordained same day mark Episcopal silver jubilee today
Four Ghanaian Catholic Bishops ordained on May 28, 1995, celebrate 25 years in Episcopacy today May 28, 2020.
The Prelates, Most Rev Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Bishop of Konongo Mampong Diocese, Most Rev Anthony Kwami Adanuty, Bishop Emeritus of Keta-Akatsi Diocese and Most Rev Gabriel Akwasi Ababio Mante, Bishop of Jasikan Diocese are four out of five Bishops who had their Episcopal ordination on the same day.
The fifth Bishop, Archbishop Thomas Kweku Mensah former Bishop of Obuasi Diocese has however passed on to eternity.
Ghanaian Archbishop Philip Naameh is the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The Prelate was born on September 8, 1948, at Nandom-Ko in the Wa Diocese in the extreme Northwest of Ghana.
He was ordained a Priest on December 16, 1977, in Our Lady of Nativity Church in Ko, Ghana
As a priest, he studied at “Westfaelische: – the Wilhems University of Munich in Germany and at the University of London, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Church History. Although he is originally from Wa, he was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Tamale.
During 1978-1981 he was Curate at Cathedral at Tamale, where he was also the Vocations Director and Chaplain of Lay Apostolate.
He then went for studies from 1981-1986 in Germany and London from where he became the Vice-Rector and Lecturer in Church History at St. Victor’s Regional Seminary, Tamale from 1986-1992.
On February 3, 1995, he was appointed Bishop of the new Diocese of Damongo, followed by the Episcopal consecration on May 28, 1995.
Archbishop Philip Naameh has headed the Archdiocese of Tamale since 2009 and he is described as “one of the rare presidents of African bishops’ conferences who has taken up the issue of sexual abuse in the Church and made it his pastoral priority”.
BISHOP JOSEPH OSEI-BONSU- PROFILE
Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu was born on 8 February 1948 and ordained a priest at the St. Peter’s Cathedral, Kumasi, on 3 August 1975 by the Most Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong. He worked at the St. Mary’s Church, South Suntresu, Kumasi, for one year as an Assistant Parish Priest.
During this time he looked after 49 outstations of Mary’s Parish.
In September 1976 he went for further studies in the United Kingdom. He obtained a Ph.D. in New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in December 1980.
In April 1981 he was appointed lecturer in the Department for the Study of
Religions, University of Ghana, Legon, where he taught New Testament Studies, New Testament Greek, and Early Church History.
From October 1992 to January 1995 he was the Head of the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana. He also taught New Testament at St. Paul’s Seminary, Sowutuom, Accra, on a part-time basis.
In 1992 he was appointed by the Pope to be a member of the International Theological Commission based in Rome. He held this post until October 1997.
Pastorally he worked as Chaplain to the Catholic community at the University of Ghana and at Kwabenya from 1981 to 1995. For over ten years he was the National Chaplain of the International Movement of Catholic
Students (Pax Romana), Ghana Federation. He worked at the University of Ghana from April 1981 till January 1995.
He was ordained bishop on 28 May 1995 along with four others in Accra. He was installed the first bishop of the Konongo-Mampong Diocese on 11 June 1995.
He is the Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of the Otumfuo Education Fund, Kumasi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University College of Ghana at Fiapre, near Sunyani, and a former member of the Ghana Education Service Council of the Ministry of Education.
From 1992 to 1997 he was a member of the International Theological Commission based in Rome and at that time under the presidency of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
He is currently a member of the Methodist-Catholic Dialogue Commission which comes under the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome. He is the Chairman of the Ghana Association of Biblical Exegetes (GABES).
MOST REV. ANTHONY KWAMI ADANUTY- PROFILE
Most Rev. Anthony Kwami Adanuty was born on May 11, 1940, at Kpando to Mr. John Komla Adanuty of Kpando and Mad. Monica Abla Agbezuge of Anfoega. He had his elementary education at Kpando and Anfoega, and proceeded to St. Theresa’s Minor Seminary at Amisano, and then to St. Peter’s Major Seminary, Cape Coast. He was ordained a priest on July 31, 1966, at Kpando in the then Keta-Ho Diocese.
Soon after his ordination, he was posted to St. Mary’s Seminary Secondary School at Lolobi as a teacher and taught for one year from 1966 to 1967. During this period he was also the assistant priest of Lolobi Ashambi Catholic Church.
In 1967 to 1968, he was admitted to Urbanian University of Rome to pursue a licentiate programme in theology. And between 1968 and 1971, he continued his studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome as a student in exegesis and obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture.
Until his appointment as Bishop, the then Monsignor Anthony Adanuty worked in the Vatican as an officer in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda fide). He was responsible for territories of Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as the Islamic section in Mission territories.
He was elected Bishop on December 19, 1994, consecrated Bishop on May 28, 1995, and enthroned as the first Bishop of the new catholic diocese of Keta-Akatsi on June 10, 1995. He was enthroned with a Papal Bull to Educate, to Govern, and to Sanctify in the Diocese of Keta-Akatsi.
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, over the years, assigned several responsibilities to him. He served in the following capacities: Chairman of the Department of Judicial Matters, Chairman of the Department of Social Communications, Chairman of the Standard Newspapers and Magazines Limited, Chairman of the Department of Socio-Economic Development and the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
upon attaining the natural and canonical age of 75, he became the first Bishop Emeritus of Keta-Akatsi Diocese in 2016.
MOST REV. GABRIEL AKWASI ABABIO MANTE- PROFILE
The Most Rev Gabriel Akwasi Ababio-Mante, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jasikan was born on July 27, 1947, in Nkonya Ahenkro in the Volta Region of Ghana and ordained into Priesthood on July 2, 1977.
Together with four others, he had his Episcopal Ordination on May 28, 1995
Source: ADM NEWS
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL THIS THURSDAY
Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael McGivney to be beatified
Vatican City, (CNA).
- Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Fr. Michael J. McGivney Wednesday, paving the way for the beatification of the founder of the Knights of Columbus.
During a May 26 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope authorized the congregation to issue a decree recognizing the miracle.
McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Today it is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, with nearly two million members in more than a dozen countries.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1852, McGivney played a critical role in the growth of the Church in the United States in the latter part of the 19th century. After his ordination in Baltimore in 1877, he served a largely Irish-American and immigrant community in New Haven.
Amid an anti-Catholic climate, he established the Knights to provide spiritual aid to Catholic men and financial help for families that had lost their breadwinner.
A press release from the Knights of Columbus May 27 said the miracle recognized by Pope Francis involved an unborn child in the United States who was healed in utero of a life-threatening condition in 2015 after his family prayed to McGivney.
It added that a date would be set soon for the beatification Mass, which will take place in Connecticut.
In 2000, an investigation into a miracle attributed to McGivney’s intercession was completed. But in 2011, the Vatican ruled that the event was not miraculous in nature.
In 2012, another possible miracle was reported and placed under investigation.
Following his beatification, McGivney’s cause will require one more authenticated miracle before he can be considered for canonization.
He would not be the first member of the Knights of Columbus to be canonized. A group of six Mexican members of the organization were martyred during the Cristero War of 1926-29 and its aftermath.
The six are St. Luis Batis, St. Rodrigo Aguilar, St. Miguel de la Mora, St. Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, St. José María Robles, and St. Mateo Correa.
American priest heading for beatification died amid a global pandemic
By Courtney Mares
.- Fr. Michael McGivney, an American priest soon to be beatified, died amid a 19th-century pandemic which may have been caused by a coronavirus.
Fr. McGivney founded the largest world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus, in 1882. Today the order formed in his parish basement in New Haven, Connecticut, has grown to more than two million members donating millions to charity each year.
McGivney was serving as a parish priest amid the pandemic of 1889-1890, according to a press release issued by the Knights of Columbus May 27.
Biologists using gene-sequencing methods have attributed the pandemic to a type of coronavirus, according to a Bloomberg report. This virus, which first appeared in Russia, killed a total of 1 million people worldwide, including 13,000 in the United States.
McGivney became seriously ill with pneumonia and died on Aug. 14, 1890, at age 38.
Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to McGivney’s intercession on May 26, paving the way for the American priest’s beatification.
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1852, McGivney was the first of 13 children born to Irish immigrants Patrick and Mary McGivney. Six of his siblings died in infancy or early childhood. His father was a molder in a Waterbury brass mill, where the young McGivney himself worked for a brief time as a child to help support his family.
From an early age, however, he sensed a calling to the priesthood (two of his brothers also became priests). He was ordained in Baltimore’s Cathedral of the Assumption by Cardinal James Gibbons on Dec. 22, 1877, and took up his first assignment, as curate at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, the city’s first parish.
In New Haven, McGivney faced anti-Catholic prejudice. A New York Times headline in 1879 -- “How an Aristocratic Avenue was Blemished by a Roman Church Edifice” -- deplored the construction of a new stone church after the original building was destroyed by fire.
In addition to his parish duties, he ministered to a 21-year-old man who was on death row for killing a police officer while drunk, visiting him daily up until his execution. On the day he was due to be hanged, James Smith comforted the priest, saying: “Father, your saintly ministrations have enabled me to meet death without a tremor. Do not fear for me. I must not break down now.”
McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s in 1882 as a way to provide financial protection to families who suffered the death of a breadwinner -- a challenge McGivney himself faced in his youth when his father died in 1873. The priest also hoped the organization would dissuade Catholics from turning to secret societies in times of need.
The Knights were named after the explorer Christopher Columbus. The order’s original principles were “unity” and “charity,” with “fraternity” and “patriotism” added later.
Fr. O’Donnell, a contemporary in Waterbury, remembered McGivney as “genial, approachable, of kindly disposition, cheerful under reverses, profoundly sympathetic with those upon whom had fallen the heavy hand of affliction, a man of strict probity and sterling integrity in his business transactions.”
“He was charitable to a fault, if I may so speak. The poor found in him a Good Samaritan,” O’Donnell said in 1900.
Another contemporary, Fr. Slocum, said: “Fr. McGivney, though a man of unassuming character, was possessed of an indomitable will, by which, aided by the grace of God, he was able to face unkind and unjust criticism from all directions in his great effort to found a society for the benefit of young men and the glory of the Church.”
By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, (CNA).
- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of 14 men and women, including Bl. Charles de Foucauld, a French missionary killed in Algeria in 1916.
De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit, and religious brother, who served among the Tuareg people in the Sahara desert in Algeria.
He was assassinated by a band of men at his hermitage in the Sahara on Dec. 1, 1916.
De Foucauld was born in Strasbourg in 1858. He was raised by his wealthy and aristocratic grandfather after being orphaned at the age of six.
He joined the French military, following in the footsteps of his grandfather. Having already lost his faith, as a young man he lived a life of indulgence and was known to have an immature sense of humor.
De Foucauld resigned from the military at age 23, and set off on a dangerous exploration of Morocco. Contact with strong Muslim believers there challenged him, and he began to repeat to himself: “My God, if you exist, let me come to know you.”
He returned to France and, with the guidance of a priest, came back to his Catholic faith in 1886, at the age of 28.
The following saying is attributed to him: “As soon as I believed in God, I understood that I could not do otherwise than to live for him alone.”
De Foucauld realized a vocation to “follow Jesus in his life at Nazareth” during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was a Trappist monk in France and Syria for seven years. He also lived as a hermit for a period near a convent of Poor Clares in Nazareth.
He was ordained a priest in 1901 at age 43 and left for northern Africa to serve among the Tuareg people, a nomadic ethnic group, saying he wanted to live among “the furthest removed, the most abandoned.”
In the Sahara he welcomed anyone who passed by, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or pagan.
He was deeply respectful of the faiths and cultures he lived among. During his 13 years in the Saraha he learned about Tuareg culture and language, compiling a Tuareg-French dictionary, and being a “brother” to the people.
The priest said he wanted to “shout the Gospel with his life” and to conduct his life so that people would ask, “if such is the servant, what must the Master be like?”
De Foucauld was the inspiration for the founding of several lay associations, religious communities, and secular institutes of laity and priests, known collectively as “the spiritual family of Charles de Foucauld.”
At his beatification in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI said as a priest, de Foucauld “put the Eucharist and the Gospel at the center of his life.”
“He discovered that Jesus -- who came to unite Himself to us in our humanity -- invites us to that universal brotherhood which he later experienced in the Sahara, and to that love of which Christ set us the example,” he said.
After meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the congregation for saints’ causes May 26, the pope approved a second miracle attributed to de Foucauld’s intercession, paving the way for his canonization.
On May 27, Pope Francis also advanced the cause of Bl. César de Bus, a French priest who lived from 1544 to 1607, and founded two religious congregations.
He also advanced the cause of Italian Bl. Maria Domenica Mantovani, co-founder and first general superior of the Institute of the Little Sisters of the Holy Family, who died in 1934.
The pope also approved the first miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable Michael McGivney, a 19th-century American priest who founded the Knights of Columbus. He may now be beatified.
French laywoman Venerable Pauline-Marie Jaricot, who lived from 1799 to 1862 in Lyon, may also now be beatified.
She founded the Living Rosary Association and the Society of the Propagation of the Faith -- which later became the first of the four pontifical mission societies.
Jaricot, a member of the lay Dominicans, was devoted to promoting support of the Church’s missionary efforts around the world.
She was the youngest of seven children. After losing her mother when she was 17, Jaricot took a vow of perpetual virginity and devoted herself to prayer. For many years, St. John Vianney was her spiritual director.
She was declared Venerable in 1963 by St. Pope John XXIII.
In 2013, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, then head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said “Jaricot’s heroic virtues do not consist in a series of miraculous events, but in that fruitful fidelity to Christ, to whom she devoted herself both in good times and in those difficult and tormented moments, as well as in the long-term vision of a commitment to evangelization, so that all people get to know Christ and of the merciful love of God.”
Pope Francis also confirmed May 27 the martyrdom of six Cistercians, the Servant of God Simeon Cardon and his five companions, who were killed in 1799 in Casamari, Italy.
He also confirmed the martyrdom of Cosma Spessotto, a priest and Franciscan from northern Italy who was killed in El Salvador in 1980.
Servant of God Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac, who was apostolic vicar to Sierra Leone and the founder of the Society of Africa Missions, was also advanced on the path to sainthood. A Frenchman, he died in 1859 in the West African country.
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