Jasikan, 13 May, 2021 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
In slightly over a decade, Catholic Priests of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (Franciscan Friars) who first established a mission in rural Ghana in 2008 have managed to establish a flourishing Parish in the region that boasts of 17 outstations overseen by two Catechists each.
The immense growth notwithstanding, the Catholic Church in the West African nation faces the threat of invasion by other sects in the country where a significant population still adheres to traditional religious practices, Catholic Pontifical organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has reported.
The threat is especially huge in remote places of the country where missionaries are unable to access, ACN leadership has said, underscoring the need to support the three Capuchin Priests ministering at St. Michael Parish of Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Jasikan in the Ecclesiastical Province of Accra.
In the Tuesday, May 11 report, the Catholic Charity organization further details that St. Michael Catholic Parish is located in Kpassa, a rural town of around 45,000 people situated in the East of the country, roughly 250 miles (400 km) from Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
“In the year 2008 the Capuchin Fathers established a mission station here, which in 2010 was raised to the status of a Parish. Today it includes 34 outlying villages, 17 of which outstations have already been established, in other words, small Catholic communities, each accompanied by two catechists,” ACN reports.