“BE CONSTANTLY IN TOUCH AND IN TUNE WITH THE ONE WHO CALLS YOU”, REV FR. MICHAEL K. MENSAH

Rev Fr. Michael Kojo Mensah called on the 4 deacons who were recently ordained for the Catholic Church in the Accra Archdiocese to be constantly in touch and in tune with the one who calls them because that is what it means to be filled with the spirit.


This year’s diaconate ordination which was held on Saturday, 10th April, 2021 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral Adabraka, Accra saw Priests, religious and Catholic Faithful as well as family and well-wishers grace the occasion to support the ordinands in their journey to becoming deacons. The candidates for ordination were; Edward Agbeobila Asadare  (Our Lady of Mercy, Tema Com1), Anthony Senyo Sefogah (Martyrs of Uganda, Mamprobi), Gabriel Obodai Torgbor(St. Sylvanus, Pokuase) and James Gyekye Danso(St. Stephen, Darkuman).

Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra was the main celebrant and the ordaining Bishop for the ceremony while Rev Fr. Michael Kodjo Mensah was the homilist for the day.

In his homily he admonished the ordinands that the relationship that God calls them to in the order of deacons is neither spatially or temporarily constraint. It is not limited by time or place and so they are not filled by the Holy Spirit only when they are in Church, serving at the altar but anywhere they find themselves.

Reflecting on the readings for the day particularly the first reading from Acts chapter 6 vrs 1-7B, he touched on the election of the 7 deacons in the Acts of the Apostles where 3 criteria for the selection of deacons in the early church were identified. Three character traits that were understood as fundamentals for those who were chosen as the first deacons, were; to be of good repute, full of the spirit and filled with wisdom.

Again, he reminded them that not all wisdom is found in books and that they should hold to the lessons of their upbringing, lessons of hard work, courtesy, respect and honesty which their parents taught them.

“The Holy Spirit should inspire you to serve and assist the Archbishop and his Presbyterium in your line of duty”, he added.

He congratulated the 4 brothers for completing almost 8 years of their journey towards priesthood as well as their parents and other stake holders for supporting their decisions to embrace this life of service to the Church and humanity.

A deacon is an ordained minister of the Catholic Church. There are three groups, or “orders,” of ordained ministers in the Church: bishops,presbyters and deacons. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ,who came “to serve and not to be served.”
The entire Church is called by Christ to serve, and the deacon, in virtue of his sacramental ordination and through his various ministries, is to be a servant in a servant-Church.

Source: DEPSOCOM, Accra/E.S.D

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