The ordination of two auxiliary bishops for the Accra Archdiocese of the Catholic Church will, among others, help to boost evangelisation, Very Rev Raymond Osei Tutu, chancellor of the Accra Archdiocese of the church, has said.
Speaking to Rev Akua Ofori Boateng on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (18 April) ahead of the Episcopal Ordination of the two bishops at the Holy Spirit Cathedral on Wednesday, Very Rev Osei-Tutu said the two auxiliary bishops will not usurp the role of the current archbishop.
“The two bishops are not substituting or co-sharing his very authority as the bishop of Accra. They are there and their functions will be to complement the effort of the bishop.
“The bishop can now have three confirmations, so that the work of evangelisation will not be stagnant just by human factor,” Osei-Tutu said.
The ordination will be broadcast live on Asaase Radio 99.5 FM on Wednesday (19 April) from 9:30am with the host of The Word, Rev Akua Ofori Boateng.
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About Anthony Narh Asare
Monsignor Anthony Narh Asare was born on 29 December 1965 at Agomanya, Eastern Region.
He studied at Tema Secondary School where he obtained his O-Level. He continued to Labone Secondary School in Accra where he obtained his A-Level. In 1988, he obtained a certificate in insurance and project management.
2011; Certificate in Reflective Ministry – All Hallows College of DCU, Ireland,
2012; Certificate in Project Management- All Hallows’ College of DCU, Ireland,
2012; Certificate in Public Relations – All Hallows’ College of DCU, Ireland, 2012.
His pastoral works and experiences include the following:
Assistant Priest 1995 – 1997 Martyrs of Uganda Parish – Mamprobi, Accra
Priest In Charge 1997-1999 Sacred Heart Parish Derby Avenue, Accra
Priest In Charge 1999-2004 St Peter’s Parish Osu, Accra
Priest In Charge 2004 – 2008 St Marouns / St James Parish Osu -Accra
Parish Chaplain 2008-2012 St Andrews Westland Row Dublin- Ireland
Financial Administrator of the Archdiocese of Accra, 2002-2008
Priest in Residence 2013 Mary Mother of Good Counsel Airport – West, Accra
Parish Priest 2013-2019 St Joseph the Worker Parish Community 8, Tema
Asare is presently the parish priest of St. Ann and Joachim Parish, Teshie, Accra and the director of priests’ personnel of the Accra Archdiocese.
On 14 February 2023, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Accra and is assigned the Titular Scat of Castello di Numidia (Castellanes in Numidia), pr. Numidia.
About John Kobina Louis
John Kobina Louis is one of the newly announced auxiliary bishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Accra. Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Accra. He was born on the 24 November 1964 to Vincent Louis and Catherine Esi Dede Louis.
He had his basic education at the Roman Catholic Basic School, Nima-Accra and went to St. Augustine’s College in Cape Coast from 1978 to 1985. He was ordained a priest on 18 July 1992 after his priestly training by the late Dominic Kodwo Andoh.
He also had his BA in Religious Studies and Sociology at the University of Ghana from 1988 to 1991. Between 2002 and 2004, Louis studied at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome and obtained a Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
He obtained a certificate in Financial Management and Budgeting in 1996 from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra.
He is currently the acting president of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology. He is also a lecturer and the academic dean of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology, Accra.
Louis served in various sectors of the archdiocese of Accra. From 2006 to 2012, he was the cathedral administrator at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra. From 2004 to 2006 he was the associate cathedral administrator at the Holy Spirit Cathedral.
From 1998 to 2002 he was the parish priest of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Tema.
From 1997 to 2002 he was the director of pastoral centre, Accra Archdiocese.
From 1996 to 2002 he was the financial administrator of the Accra Archdiocese.
From 1995 to 1998 he was the priest-in-charge of the St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Tema.
From 1992 to 1995 he was the assistant parish priest of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Tema.
He was responsible for the outstations: St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Tema; St. Peter’s Church, Tema New Town; and St. Michael’s Church, Michel Camp.
From 2017 to 2018 he was the chairman of the Academic Quality Assurance Committee, CIBT
From 2016 to date he is the president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (Ghana Chapter)
From 2015 to date he is the chairman of the Faculty Board, CIBT.
From 2015 to date he is the chairman of the Examination Committee, CIBT.
From 2015 to 2018 he was the chairman of the Graduate Programme Management Committee, CIBT.
From 2014 to date he is the chairman of the Congregation Planning Committee, CIBT.
From 2010 to date he is a member of the Academic Board, CIBT.
From 2006 to date he is a member of the Council of Priests, and the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
From 2007 to 2011 he was the president, of the National Union of Ghana Diocesan Priests’ Associations.
From 2006 to 2014 he was a member of the College of Consultors, Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
From 2006 to 2010 he was the chairman of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Committee, Accra.
From 2003 to 2004 he was the president of the Ecclesiastical Union of Ghanaian Students in Rome (Italy).
From 1997 to 2002 he was a member of the College of Consultors, Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
From 1997 to 2002 he was a member of the Council of Priests, the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
From 1996 to 2002 he was the financial secretary of the National Union of Ghana Diocesan Priests’ Associations.
From 1996 to 2002 he was a member of the board of directors, of Accra Catholic Press (Accra).
Between 2010 to 2014 Louis obtained his PhD in Religions at the University of Ghana.
He was the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Accra until Pope Francis appointed him auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, and is assigned the Titular Seat of Fessei (Fesseitanus), pr. Numidia on 14 February 2023.
An auxiliary bishop is a bishop appointed to assist a diocesan bishop, whether in a diocese or archdiocese. His title is bishop.
The role of the auxiliary bishop is to assist the diocesan bishop in all matters related to the clergy, religion and laity.
Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra
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