The bi-annual Inter-Seminary Cultural Interactions, aimed at fostering cultural exchange and understanding among seminaries in Ghana, has commenced in Ejisu, in the Konongo-Mampong Diocese.
With the theme “Cultural awareness for more effective evangelization in the life of the church,” this year’s event focuses on utilizing cultural activities to spread the message of Christ.
Scheduled from February 9th to February 13th, 2024, the program encompasses a rich array of activities. Morning prayers, Masses, and evening prayers, led by various seminaries, punctuate the schedule.
Participating seminaries are St. Paul’s Seminary – Sowutuom, St. Peter’s Seminary – Cape Coast, St. Victor’s Seminary – Tamale, St. Gregory the Great Seminary – Parkoso and the host, Spiritan University College-Ejisu.
The opening ceremony, which featured a Holy Mass presided over by Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, Bishop of the Konongo-Mampong Diocese set the tone for the series of activities.
Rector of the Spiritan University College, Very Rev. Fr. Winfred Akakpo, CSSp, in a welcome address noted that is expedient that the Spiritan University College is the host of this year’s cultural interactions indicating the diverse cultural and international nature of the seminary community.
The opening Mass was followed by a presentation on the theme by Fr. Dr. Eric Antwi. He noted that culture charges individuals to respond to God’s purposes for the earth and all its peoples. Emphasising that all of man’s endeavours must be to the glory of God.
“In one sense the good of creation rests in its potential. What creation would become was dependent on the human activity of articulating and embodying the various relationships of creation; Indeed, creation called for the development of culture. The call to do something with creation makes human relationship with creation an intrinsically moral one; we must do something with the patterned relationships in which we find ourselves,”
“The human person is called before God to responsible stewardship, and the call cannot be evaded – we will simply answer it poorly or well. This means that the work of forming culture is not morally neutral; it charges us to respond to God’s purposes for the earth and all its people. And its end, as all our work, is God’s glory,” Fr. Dr. Antwi said.
Throughout the event, seminaries will showcase their cultural heritage through dramas, traditional songs, dances, and Jama performances.
Each seminary has been allotted time to present aspects of their culture, enhancing understanding among participants.
Participants are expected to partake in an excursion to Kumasi’s tourist sites offering them a deeper immersion into Ghana’s cultural diversity.
The event is expected to conclude with a closing ceremony on Tuesday, February 13.
By engaging in these cultural interactions, the seminary communities aim to broaden their perspectives, enhance their ministerial skills, and promote intercultural dialogue.
The event not only benefits seminarians but also contributes to greater social cohesion and understanding within the broader community.