Four Deacons Ordained By Anglican Diocese Of Sunyani
Sunyani, Sept.13, GNA-The Sunyani Diocese of the Anglican Church has ordained into the Diaconate Ministry four persons who have successfully gone through a period of training to become Priests in the church.
The occasion marked the climax of the Third Session of the Fourth Synod of the Church in Sunyani.
The four-day programme on the theme 'Envision Divine Favor for Excellence in Church Growth and Development' that spanned Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9, 2018 was attended by about 100 delegates from the entire Diocese.
They included; all the clergy and religious, delegates from the Diocese's six arch-Deaconates as well as representatives of men's fellowship, women's societies and youth and children's organisations.
Three of the four Deacons-Reverend Prince Adu-Poku, Rev. Joseph Kofi Yeboah and Rev. Emmanuel Amoh are in their final years, studying for Bachelor of Theology at the St. Nicholas Theological Seminary, Cape Coast while Rev. Henry Yiiyi Annoh is a professional Accountant and an Administrator with a wide range of experience and currently field Accountant with the Ghana Poultry Project in Sunyani.
Prior to their ordination, the Right Reverend Dr. Festus Yeboah Asuamah, the Anglican Bishop of Sunyani who performed the ordination ceremony testified that they had been given the necessary education and training by the Church and accordingly qualified for the purpose, saying 'I commend those that have been found fit to be made Deacons'.
As part of the ceremony, the four Deacons individually but simultaneously carried carved wooden crosses to move round the Church as a symbolic demonstration of the yoke of the ministerial calling to signify the challenges Jesus Christ faced during the era of His earthly ministry.
Very Reverend Timothy Kankam Dwumfour, the Archdeacon of Nkoranza who gave the sermon entreated the Deacons to 'persevere to endure difficulties which are part and parcel of the job' but with fervent and persistent prayers in discharging all duties of the 'office', they would be able to overcome all challenges, he added.
Very Rev. Dwumfour advised the Deacons to learn to serve in every situation since that was what they were called to do, stressing 'you are ordained as servants, so you must be ready to serve and not to be served'.
Justice David Ofosu Quartey, a retired High Court judge who is the Chancellor of the Diocese led the Ordinands (Deacons) to swear the Oath of Office and signed afterwards to indicate their preparedness to abide by the rules, ethics and tenets of the ministry.