Wiawso, 26 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Joseph Francis Kweki Essien from the pastoral care of the Catholic Diocese of Wiawso in Ghana and appointed his successor.
In the latest administrative changes published Thursday, January 26 by the Holy See Press Office, Pope Francis appointed Mons. Samuel Nkuah-Boateng who has been serving as administrator of the Cathedral of Wiawso, as the successor of Bishop Essien.
Bishop Essien is retiring at the age of 77 after serving as the Local Ordinary of Wiawso Diocese since March 2000.
Born in May 1968 in the Diocese of Wiawso, the Bishop-elect Boateng started his Priestly formation at St. Teresa’s Minor Seminary in Elmina in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, and St. Peter’s Regional Major Seminary in Cape Coast.
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in sociology and religious studies from the University of Ghana where he also obtained a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and religious education, and a master’s degree in philosophy was ordained a Priest for Wiawso Diocese in July 2001.