The Ho Diocesan Youth honored individual benefactors and benefactresses on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at the 2023 Annual Youth Pilgrimage at Sacred Heart Parish Fodome Helu in the Hohoe Deanery.
The awards were presented to distinguished individuals, lay faithful, and priests of the Diocese for their tremendous contributions to the development of the Youth Association and its activities in the Diocese.
The award recipients were Hon. Prosper Bani, Former Chief of Staff, Hon. Edmond Kudjoe Attah, D.C.E. North Dayi, Hon. Charles Agbeve, MP Agortime Ziope, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Agala, Mr. Peter Awume, Mr. Peter Kpiebiamane, Mr Dela Herman Agbo CEO Eco Capital Investment Management Limited, Mr. Sekle William and Rev. Fr. Fidelis Kumado, the immediate past Diocesan Youth Chaplain.
Presenting the Citations to the deserved individuals, Mr. Fred Adzakpa, Diocesan Youth Chairperson, said the presentation was to appreciate some sponsors of the Council and also encourage others to come on board to support the youth agenda as their tokens would surely be acknowledged.
He said the plaques would serve as a reference to for the awardees children and future generations to emulate the contributions of their parents to the Church. He noted that the Council is working deligently to deepen the faith of the youth in God and their love for the Church and also caution them against the menace of drug abuse.
The Chairperson further invited all people of goodwill to come on board to support the Diocese and the Council in the training of the youth for employable skills.
Mr. Jerry Agala, on behalf of Togbe Agbefle I, Asafofiaga of the Fodome Traditional Area, donated a cash amount to support the youth in the Diocese.
Mr. Wilberforce Norbert Senyo Kporku, who received the plaque on behalf of Mr. Bani, expressed gratitude at the recognition. He also made a cash donation on behalf of Mr. Bani to the youth.
The 2023 Annual Youth Pilgrimage to the Sacred Heart Shrine at Fodome Helu was on the theme: “Do all things without grumbling or questioning (Phil 2:14)”.
The thanksgiving Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr. Edbert Doh, the Diocesan Youth Chaplain. Delivering the Homily, Rev. Fr. Prosper Agbosu encouraged the youth to be proud of their Catholic identity and always hold on to God in the face of all challenges.