A farewell and thanksgiving service has been held at the St. James Anglican Church, Agona Swedru, in honour of Rt. Rev. Daniel Sylvanus Adotei Allotey, the Anglican Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese.
The service was the Bishop’s last to the congregation as he officially retires as the third Diocesan Bishop of Cape Coast on May 18, 2014 after serving God and mankind over the years.
The fourth Bishop to be enthroned to take over from him is Rt. Rev. Victor Reginald Atta-Baffoe, the Dean of the St. Nicholas Seminary at Cape Coast, who was consecrated as the next Bishop some months ago. Farewell address
Rt. Rev. Allotey called on Christians to always recognise the blessings of God in their lives and continue to thank Him and stop complaining about hardships in life.
He used the occasion to thank the various parishes for their support and contributions throughout his tenure, which had immensely contributed to the growth of the church, particularly its members both physically and spiritually.
Rt. Rev. Allotey called on members of the church to develop a sense of togetherness in order to build on his legacies, adding that such a move would help position the church and the diocese at a level that would benefit generations yet unborn.
He expressed gratitude to his successor for his desire to work for God and expressed optimism that he would excel in his new portfolio. Advice to the media
He advised the media to focus their reportage on pressing developmental issues, especially in deprived communities instead of using their platforms to discuss partisan issues.
According to him, such a situation had led to a polarised society which was affecting the progress of the country. Diocesan official
The Chairman of the Diocesan Finance Board, Mr Kofi Forson, thanked the Bishop for his contributions towards the physical and spiritual growth of the church.He wished him well with a call on him to team up with the new Bishop towards the development of the church. Municipal Chief Executive
In a short remark, the Agona West Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Oppong, thanked the Anglican Church for its contributions to health and education.
He noted that the government would continue to partner churches so that together they would work to develop the country.
He announced that the government had acquired land for the construction of a new district hospital at Agona Swedru, since the current hospital was overstretched. Allotey.
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