A SEND-OFF/thanksgiving service has been held for the Reverend Father Stephen Billson-Ogoe, the Assistant Parish Priest of the Saint Paul’s Catholic Church at Amakom in Kumasi, who is on transfer to the newly established Catholic Seminary at Parkoso, near Kumasi.
The priest, who was ordained in July, 2007, was posted to the St Paul’s Catholic Church at Amakom where he had been serving as the Assistant Parish Priest.
In a fraternal message, Monsignor James Baffoe Addoh, the Episcopal Vicar for Priest and Religious in the Kumasi Archdiocese, commended the congregation at Amakom for the regular support towards the development of the church and the proper upkeep of their priest.
He urged the congregation to continue supporting their priests and any activity geared towards the development of the church since without them there would not be any church.
The Monsignor said a new seminary, which would be opened in Kumasi, would help train more priests for the church in the country and the world as a whole to support evangelisation.
The citation recounted the priest’s regular interaction with the youth on issues bothering them.
Very Reverend Fr John Opoku, the Parish Priest, also thanked Rev. Fr Billson-Ogoe for his dedication and commitment during the two-year stay at Amakom, which led to great changes and development in the church.
The Member of Parliament for Oforikrom, Madam Elizabeth Agyemang, who was the guest of honour for the function, called on the congregation to support the priests in the church with prayers at all times.
Rev Fr Billson-Ogoe, preaching the sermon earlier, thanked the congregation for their prayers and support during his stay at Amakom, and urged them to remember him in prayers as he moved to the seminary to teach.