06.12.2008 Religion

First woman priest of the Anglican Church ordained

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The Reverend Hannah Dwomoh, a citizen of Nkoranza was at the weekend ordained as the first woman priest of the Anglican Church of Ghana at a colourful ceremony at St. Anselm's Anglican Cathedral in Sunyani.

Rev Dwomoh had her theological education in Canada and St. Nicholas Theological College in Cape Coast.

Also ordained was Rev. Father Martin Bonsu, a tutor.

The Right Reverend Thomas Ampah Brient, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Sunyani presided, assisted by the clergy of the diocese, while the Chancellor of the diocese, Justice W. K. Anderson, administered the ordination oath.

Before the Holy mass, Bishop Brient challenged the new priests to follow the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ with all zeal.

He noted that it was his late father, the Reverend Canon E. A. Brient who baptized Rev. Dwomoh and was therefore excited to ordain her into priesthood.

In a sermon Rev. Father Dr. Joe Eyison, Priest in charge of St. Andrew Anglican Church in Techiman admonished the new priests to live up to the task ahead of them as they would encounter numerous problems in their ministry.

He advised Ghanaians to live as one people and to promote peace, especially in the run-up to the general election on Sunday 7 and challenged Anglican dioceses in Ghana to rise up to their missions. Rev. Fr. Eyison urged Christians to contribute positively to the development of the country, as well as their respective churches.