Three Anglican Deacons ordained at Sekondi
Compiled by Alfred Adams
Three graduates of the St. Nicholas Theological Seminary have been ordained Deacons at the St. Andrew Cathedral Church in Sekondi. The new Deacons, Rev. Joshua Eric Ashun-Sarpy, Joseph Emmanuel Wiafe and James Yaw Amoako, were ordained by the Right Rev. Colonel John Kwamena Otoo, Bishop of the Sekondi Anglican Diocese, at an ordination high mass.
After being annointed with oil and decorated with garments, the Bishop presented to the ordained Deacons certificates and licenses as symbols of authority to perform the functions of a deacon.
The ordination was witnessed by people from all walks of life, including friends and relatives of the celebrants.
At the service was a representation of church groups from the various parishes in the Diocese. Prominent among the group was the Junior Choir from the St. Pauls Anglican Church, Tarkwa, which stole the show with their melodious voices.
Preaching the sermon, Rev. Father John K. Adarkwah of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church reminded the Deacons about the challenges they were likely to face as they begin their ministerial work.
He made reference to the bitter experiences Jesus went through when He began his ministry, adding, that they would also go through the same experiences.
He reminded the Deacons that in whatever situation they find themselves, they must stand firm and defeat the anti-Christ, so that they would come out victorious.
To the congregation, he urged them to practice self sacrifice in the interest of the church, and to pray for the clergy for both physical and spiritual development.
The Dean of St. Nicholas Seminary, Very Rev. Dr. Victor Baffoe, was present at the ordination.
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