By Christopher Tetteh, GNA
Sunyani, Sept.13, GNA-The Sunyani Diocese of
the Anglican Church has ordained into the Diaconate Ministry four persons who
have successfully gone through a period of training to become Priests in the
The occasion marked the climax of the Third
Session of the Fourth Synod of the Church in Sunyani.
The four-day programme on the theme “Envision
Divine Favor for Excellence in Church Growth and Development” that spanned
Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9, 2018 was attended by about 100
delegates from the entire Diocese.
They included; all the clergy and religious,
delegates from the Diocese’s six arch-Deaconates as well as representatives of
men’s fellowship, women’s societies and youth and children’s organisations.
Three of the four Deacons-Reverend Prince
Adu-Poku, Rev. Joseph Kofi Yeboah and Rev. Emmanuel Amoh are in their final
years, studying for Bachelor of Theology at the St. Nicholas Theological
Seminary, Cape Coast while Rev. Henry Yiiyi Annoh is a professional Accountant
and an Administrator with a wide range of experience and currently field
Accountant with the Ghana Poultry Project in Sunyani.
Prior to their ordination, the Right Reverend
Dr. Festus Yeboah Asuamah, the Anglican Bishop of Sunyani who performed the
ordination ceremony testified that they had been given the necessary education
and training by the Church and accordingly qualified for the purpose, saying “I
commend those that have been found fit to be made Deacons”.
As part of the ceremony, the four Deacons
individually but simultaneously carried carved wooden crosses to move round the
Church as a symbolic demonstration of the yoke of the ministerial calling to
signify the challenges Jesus Christ faced during the era of His earthly ministry.
Very Reverend Timothy Kankam Dwumfour, the
Archdeacon of Nkoranza who gave the sermon entreated the Deacons to “persevere
to endure difficulties which are part and parcel of the job” but with fervent
and persistent prayers in discharging all duties of the “office”, they would be
able to overcome all challenges, he added.
Very Rev. Dwumfour advised the Deacons to
learn to serve in every situation since that was what they were called to do,
stressing “you are ordained as servants, so you must be ready to serve and not
to be served”.
Justice David Ofosu Quartey, a retired High
Court judge who is the Chancellor of the Diocese led the Ordinands (Deacons) to
swear the Oath of Office and signed afterwards to indicate their preparedness
to abide by the rules, ethics and tenets of the ministry.