Accra, 25 June, 2021 / 7:34 pm (ACI Africa).
The lack of reliable means of transport has, for over a decade, slowed down the activities of the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) who have been on a mission to evangelize remote parts of Ghana that do not know about the person of Jesus Christ.
In a Wednesday, June 23 report, Catholic Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, says that the four Franciscan missionaries ministering at St. Michael Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Jasikan, have been struggling to reach the people of God in the vast Parish in the district of Kpassa.
ACN reports that the Parish is made up of 17 outstations, many of which are remote from the Parish centre with difficult access.
Fr. Robinson Melkis, the Parish Priest of St. Michael tells ACN that each outstation has one or two Catechists to help them in their work, but the Priests still need to visit in order to celebrate Holy Mass and administer the sacraments and perform other spiritual tasks, which are “necessary in order to keep alive the flame of the Christian faith in the hearts of the faithful.”
He says that some of the outstations are as far as 25 miles (45 km) from the Parish centre and that all the roads leading to them are “simply dirt tracks”, so that access is extremely difficult in the rainy season, especially on the motorcycle.