Religion of 2014-01-13

Bolgatanga cathedral project gets support

Friends of Very Rev. Monsignor Roger Aboteyuure in Accra have in the spirit of Christmas raised GH¢80,000 to support the new Bolgatanga cathedral project conceived by the monsignor in 1993. Work on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral project commenced in 2003.

The amount was realised at a fund-raising programme dubbed, “An evening with Monsignor Aboteyuure and friends” in Accra.

The programme offered Monsignor Aboteyuure the opportunity to thank all contributors to the project and to bring attendees up to speed on the current status of the project.

He said the growth of the Catholic Church in the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese, especially Bolgatanga Central, made the current church rather too small to accommodate worshippers.

He said when completed, the cathedral would have the capacity to seat 10,000 people. It would also have eight offices, an Adoration Chapel and a church hall that would serve several purposes.

In a presentation, Very Rev. Fr Moses Akebule said although the cathedral was not completed, it currently served as the venue for major church events in the diocese, and called on well-wishers and friends in other regions to emulate the Accra example to accelerate the project.

Mr Lance Adogba, Chairman of the organising committee, thanked Monsignor Aboteyuure for honouring the invitation to spend time with the group. Msgr Aboteyuure was born at Atulababisi in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region and was ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1965. He has rendered about 58 years’ service to the church.

Monsignor Roger Aboteyuure is also credited for building the Kongo Spiritual Renewal Centre and nurturing the barren Kongo hill into a green forest, providing wells, schools and sponsoring many students from the area to go to tertiary institutions.

He also helped to bring electricity to the Nabdam area by connecting the Kongo community to the national grid before the government expanded the project in 1997.

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