Very Reverend Fr. Bernard Appiah Adjei has been officially installed as the new Cathedral Administrator, of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral in Donkorkrom, succeeding Very Rev. Fr. Emil Setsofia SVD, who recently underwent a transfer.
The installation Mass was presided over by His Lordship, John Alphonse Asiedu, SVD, Vicar of the Apostolic Vicariate of Donkorkrom on October 29.
During the installation ceremony, Bishop Asiedu elucidated the role of the Cathedral Administrator. He emphasized that the Cathedral serves as the Seat of the Bishop, and as such, the Cathedral Administrator represents the Bishop in all matters pertaining to the Cathedral. The Bishop underscored the importance of constant communication and collaboration between the Cathedral Administrator and the Bishop.
Bishop Asiedu also made a special announcement during the ceremony, revealing that Rev. Fr. Vincent Amuzu Asafo, SVD, will be assisting the Cathedral Administrator in the pastoral care of the Cathedral.
In his homily, Bishop Asiedu centered his message on the theme of love. He stressed that love lies at the core of Christian life and is epitomized in the love of God and love for one’s neighbor. He urged the faithful to worship only the Almighty God, avoid harm to their neighbors, refrain from hatred, and practice compassion.
Furthermore, the Bishop highlighted the vulnerability of strangers, widows, and orphans and emphasized the need for love and care towards them. He cited the reading from Exodus 22:21-27, where God instructed the people of Israel to treat these vulnerable groups with kindness and empathy, as they were once strangers in Egypt, crying out to God in their affliction.
Bishop Asiedu added that St. Paul’s teachings, as found in the Second Reading (1Thes 1:5c-10), encourage Christians to embrace the Gospel and follow the footsteps of Christ by displaying love, compassion, care, and generosity to one another.
The ceremony also featured the reading of an oath by the new Cathedral Administrator, his leadership of the congregation in the Creed, the presentation of the Church Council to the new Administrator, and symbolic gift presentations by various church groups.
The ceremony was attended by Religious Women from various congregations within the parish, parishioners as well as invited guests.