LAITY COUNCIL IS NOT ANOTHER ‘SOCIETY’
Bishop Kwofie tells the Laity.
Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie CSSp., Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi has admonished the laity not to see the Laity Council as another “Society” in the Church, but as a coordinating body of all the lay people and societies in the Church. He therefore called for the active involvement and participation of all lay people of different societies in parishes or dioceses in activities and programmes organized by the Laity Council.
Bishop Kwofie made these remarks at the 24th EASTER SEMINAR of the Catholic Diocesan Laity Council of Sekondi-Takoradi which was held at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Apowa, from 22nd -24th June, 2018. The theme for the seminar was: “Integral Pastoral Care for the Family in the Light of Amoris Laetitia”.
Bishop Kwofie further charged the Laity not to neglect caring for the sick, the needy, the aged, the abandoned and the vulnerable in the society because our Church will not be complete if it fails to journey with these people in their struggles.
He also used the occasion to express his gratitude to the diocesan Laity Council executives who suggested to him to establish a body that will collect religious and consecrated items such as sacred vessels, crucifixes, processional crosses, monstrances, liturgical vestments, etc. that are no longer in use or have been abandoned in the various Parishes to refurbish them and put into use by needy parishes.
Very Rev. Fr. Samuel Ebuley Afful, who gave the key note address, reminded the gathering that “the joy of love assures us that despite the challenges involved in the institution of marriage, the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant especially among the young people”.
Fr. Ebuley Afful stated that even though factors such as economic recess, falling out of love, and domestic violence contribute to the disintegration of family and marriage breakdown. He charged couples to run to their priests first and not to the law court when faced with these challenges.
In attendance at the opening ceremony were; Most. Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, CSSp., Msgr. Francis Abuah Quansah (Vicar General), Very Reverend Fr. Paul Appiah Himni Asante, Very Reverend Fr. Samuel Ebuley Afful, Rev. Fr. Anthony Gyan (Chaplain-Diocesan Laity Council), Rev. Fr. Bernard Abekah and Rev. Fr. Ezekiel Takyi .
Mr. Boakye Yiadom chaired the opening ceremony
The three-day seminar ended with a thanksgiving Mass at the Star of the Sea Cathedral, Takoradi, presided over by Bishop Kwofie.