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Preparations are far advanced for the climax of the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The faithful, priests and religious, together with the Bishop, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah- Agyekum are set to mark this milestone in the life and mission of the Holy Roman Catholic Church in the Koforidua Dioceses.
Though some activities have been marked already, the climax of the anniversary will begin on November 23 with the arrival of guests and well-wishers, a welcome address and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
The opening Mass will be celebrated on Friday November 24 with a recount of the history of the Diocese led by the Bishop. Later in the day, the faithful shall observe a candle light procession to be closed with a crusade at 6pm.
On Saturday 25th November, a Holy Mass shall proceed the Jubilee durbar to be held at 9am. The durbar will be marked with activities such as presentation of awards and the commissioning of a secretariat.
The anniversary will be closed on Sunday November 26, with a thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Most Rev. Jean-Marie Speich. Personalities such the Vice president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference, Most Rev. Charles Parmer Buckle and former Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group among others are expected to be in attendance.
On July 6, 1992, the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua was created and was publicly announced by his Holiness Pope John Paul II (now St. John Paul), through the Papal Bull (an official Church document) Quod iusta quidem, on November 21, 1992.
It was the tenth Diocese to be created in Ghana and was carved from the then Diocese of Accra. On that same day of the announcement, through another Bull, Cum primus sit, the Holy Father appointed Rev. Fr. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle who was ordained by the same pope on January 1993 as first Bishop of the newly created Diocese.
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