Consultors of Wa Diocese in Ghana Elect Diocesan Administrator after Death of Cardinal

St. Andrew's Cathedral of Wa Diocese. Credit: Wa Diocese

Members of the College of Consultors of the Catholic Diocese of Wa in Ghana have elected a Diocesan Administrator to govern the Episcopal See “ad interim” following the death of the Local Ordinary, Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr.

In their December 3 meeting, the Consultors of the Ghanaian Diocese elected Fr. Edward B. Tengan to oversee the administration of the Diocese “until the Holy Father appoints a Diocesan Bishop”, the Chancellor Secretary of the Curia of Wa Diocese, Fr. Benjamin Diiriter, has announced.

According to Canon Law, members of the College of Consultors are expected to a Priest to serve as Diocesan Administrator to oversee the running of the Diocese until the Holy See appoints a new Bishop and takes possession of that Episcopal See. 

The Priest to be elected should be at least 35 years of age. Additionally, he should have served as a Catholic Priest for not less than five years.

The election Fr. Tengan to govern Wa Diocese “ad interim until the appointment of a Diocesan Bishop by the Roman Pontiff” was preceded by consultations, with the Holy See directing the College of Consultors to convene the elective meeting, Fr. Diiriter adds in his statement.


He calls upon the people of God in the Ghanaian Diocese to collaborate with their ad interim leaders, saying, “While congratulating Very Rev Fr. Edward B. Tengan on his election as Diocesan Administrator, I wish to solicit your prayers and support for him so that his mission may be fruitful for God's glory and the sanctification of God's people.”

Fr. Tengan who has been serving in the Pastoral Care Office of the Ghanaian Diocese is expected to temporarily oversee the Diocese, which measures 18,478 km² with an estimated population of 413,000 Catholics, representing 43.8 percent of the population, according to 2021 statistics.

Since May 2016, Wa Diocese was under the leadership of Cardinal Baawobr. The member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) died on November 27 at the age of 63. He was among the Catholic Church leaders elevated to Cardinal during the August 27 Consistory.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.