(Damongo)- The Catholic Bishop of the Damongo Diocese, Most Rev. Peter Paul Y. Angkyier has ordained one priest and a Deacon to serve as Diocesan priests in a priestly ordination service held at Damongo in the West Gonja municipality of the Savannah region on Saturday, 16th October, 2021.
The two candidates were ordained at the St. Anne’s Cathedral church in Damongo where they took their vow and oath of service after going through nearly ten-years priestly training and discipleship.
Rev. Fr. Gorden Ganee who was ordained a priest was born in Nandom Monyupelle on the 29th of May, 1990 and started his vocation journey in the early years of his life.
He gained admission to the seminary at st. Michael’s propaedeutic seminary at Kaleo in 2011 and later continued to the St. Augustine’s millennium major seminary in Tamale after several years of nurturing his call to the priesthood where he studied philosophy.
Rev. fr Gorden Ganee had his theological Studies at the St. victor’s major seminary in Tamale and was put on probation. while on probation, he did a french language course in Dori in Burkina Faso.
He was ordained a Deacon on 21st November, 2020.
Rev. Fauster Baapele Mwintome on the other hand, was ordained a Deacon. He was born on the 12th of February, 1989 in Damongo ( Canteen) but hails from Nandom piina-Samoa.
He gained admission to begin his seminary formation at St. michael propaedeutic seminary in Kaleo for his spiritual formation and later proceeded to St. Augustine’s millennium major seminary in Tamale where he had his philosophical studies and continued to the St victor’s major seminary also, in Tamale for his theological Studies where he did one year of his studies on theology and was sent to Rome by his bishop, Most Rev Peter Paul Angkyier to the Collegio Ecclesiastico internationale – Sedes Sapientae to continue his theological Studies and seminary formation.
While in Rome, Rev. Fauster studied in the the potifical University of Holy cross ( Santa Croce) and defended his theological studies in Rome on the 28th of June, 2021.
Most Rev Peter Paul Angkyier in a sermon explained that God has confered on them ( Rev Fr. Gorden Ganee and Rev. Fauster Baapele Mwintome ) a mission with a specific ministry in the church as ministers of the word and therefore admonished them to receive the gospel of God, believe in what they read, Teach what they believe and practice what they teach.
He urged them to meditate on the word of God to impact on everyone with the word of God which they are to teach in the name of ‘christ the teacher’ and reminded them to see it as a duty as shepherds to keep together the people of God in unity together with the Bishop, the priests and the people in the local church.
The bishop noted that the two candidates needs to humble themselves and hold on to the word of God and also let it be their guide and strength knowing that it is God that has chosen them to go out there to bear witness to his word which has the power to transform.
Rev. Fr. Gorden Ganee on his behalf and Rev. Fauster Baapele Mwintome expressed gratitude to the Bishop of the Diocese for his kind support extended to them over the years, and also to the Diocesan ordination community, the Church and parishners for their call to service and promised to serve deligently and to put to practice the discipleship trainings they have acquired over the years in their priestly formation.
In good attendance for the ordination were all parishes in the Diocese, scores of priests within and outside the Diocese, Formatives and the Rector of St. Victor’s Seminary, Religious Congregations, family members and parents of both candidates from Nandom.
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