May “your rich experience in teaching” Benefit Your Episcopal Ministry: Catholic Teachers to Bishop-elect in Ghana

Mons. John Opoku-Agyemang, appointed Bishop of Ghana’s Konongo-Mampong Diocese on 21 March 2024. Credit: Catholic Trends

Members of the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) in Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong have pledged their support for the newly appointed Catholic Bishop for the Ghanaian Diocese.

In their congratulatory message to Mons. John Opoku-Agyemang, whose appointment was made public by the Holy See press office on March 21, ACT members in Konongo-Mampong Diocese say they count on the Bishop-elect’s “rich experience” as a teacher to boost education programs in the Diocese.

“It is our prayer and hope that the good Lord who has appointed you to lead His flock will guide your steps in everything you do, especially in the area of Education in the Diocese as a shepherd to His glory,” ACT members are quoted as saying in a Friday, March 22 report.

They add, “As the Lord anointed David as a leader, so shall He anoint you as a leader.”

The teachers recognize with appreciation the back of the Bishop-elect in the teaching profession. They say, “We hope and trust that your rich experience in teaching would go a long way to guide the shepherd role entrusted to you by the Holy See.”


ACT members implore, “May your days as a Shepherd be a blessing to us, teachers, and learners in the Diocese and the Universal Church as a whole.”

Ordained a Priest for Konongo-Mampong Diocese in January 1984, the 66-year-old Bishop-elect holds a Diploma in clinical pastoral education and a Masters degree in Divinity from the University of St Thomas in Houston, Texas, USA.

The holder of a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has been serving as Rector of St. Gregory the Great Provincial Major Seminary, Parkoso in Ghana’s Kumasi Archdiocese.

Previously, he served as chaplain of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Parish Priest, and member of the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council of Konongo-Mampong Diocese, among other Priestly duties. 

Alongside members of ACT, members of the National Union of Ghana Diocesan Priests’ Association (NUGCDPA)have pledged their support for the Ghanaian-born Bishop-elect, who was made a monsignor by Pope John Paul II in August 2005.

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In a statement published on March 21, NUGCDPA leadership offers spiritual solidarity with Mons. Opoku-Agyemang, praying “that the good Lord who has chosen you as a Bishop will continue to bless and give you the needed gifts to exercise your new office.”

Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.