The Wa South Region of the noble order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall have ended their two-day regional conference with a Thanksgiving
Mass at the Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Church at Bole in the Savannah region of Ghana on Sunday, August 1, 2021
The Knights and Ladies of Marshall is a recognized fraternal Catholic society formed in Ghana in 1926 and named after Sir James Marshall their patron.
This year’s conference was held under the theme: “UNDERSTANDING AND ASPIRING TO LIVE BY FRATELLI TUTTI, THE ENCYCLICAL OF POPE FRANCIS, AS MARSHALLS.” The conference attracted over five hundred (500) brothers and sisters of the noble order.
The Wa South region is made-up of seven (7) component Councils and Courts. These include: Council 30, Court 19 – Wa; Council 42, Court 75 – Bole; Council 77, Court 71 – Nadoli, and Council 97, Court 93 – Kaleo. The rest are Council 113, Court 108 – Wa Mangu; Council 143, Court 138 – Daffirma and Council 144, Court 139 – Wa Konta.
In his homily, the pastor in charge of the Martyrs of Uganda Parish who is also the Vicar General of the diocese of Damogo, Very Rev Fr Martin Monsayir gave a reflection on the Dynamics of leadership. Just as Moses performed leadership role in the Bible, humans still perform leadership roles in diverse ways. He stated that leadership is a very difficult task. A leader according to him strives to satisfying the needs of his people and keeping their aspirations high. He emphasised that a good leader sets a vision and guides his people along that vision to attain desirable goals. Fr. Monsayir indicated that a leader must also have the force of positive influence. The power of influencing people to go along with him (the leader).
Fr Monsayir continued his homily by stating that it is difficult leading human beings than flocks. Human beings he said are full of complains, which can be very discouraging for the leaders. This is epitomized when Moses presented his vision and mission to the people of Israel who were in slavery in Egypt and did not have the freedom to decide for themselves. In the light of this, Moses who was their leader presented to them the vision of attaining freedom and living as children of God. But along the path of freedom, the people started complaining.
In conclusion, Fr Monsayir charged Christians to minimize their complains and trust more in God. He encouraged Catholics by extension Christians to use the gifts and talents God has given them for the edification of the Church and a community of brothers and sisters for “Fratelli Tutti.”
The Regional Grand Knight, Worthy Brother Kizito Kubafara, on behalf of the Regional Council and Court thank the good people of Bole for their hospitality. In a special way, he extended their gratitude to the Paramount Chief and president of Bole Traditional Council; Bolewura Safo Kutuge Feso I for offering them a bull when they paid him a courtesy call. Brothr Kizito also thank the headmaster and staff of Bole Senior High school for offering them accommodation and a conference hall. He appealed to all who do not belong to any of the societies and associations in the Church to feel belong by identifying one and joining.
Worthy Brother Kizito and the Regional Noble Lady, Respected Sister Florence Kuunchi, jointly on behalf of the regional Council and Court presented pieces of plastic chairs to the parish.
The secretary of the Bole Traditional Council, Mr Haruna Abdulai Obey, who represented the Bolewura thank the Church for its good works. He stated that the Bole Traditional Council has been one of the traditional councils in Gonjaland that has benefited tremendously from the Catholic Church, especially in the area of health, education and water. He disclosed that the traditional council is ready to offer to the Church more lands for development.
A family from Dekatama, an outstation of the parish whose house burnt down, with all their property was supported by the parish with a total amount of one thousand two hundred and thirty Ghana cedis, thirty pesewas (GHC 1230.30), including clothing, footwear and a bag of maize.