Freetown, 14 August, 2023 / 11:20 am (ACI Africa).
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda was a trailblazer whose legacy will live on among Sierra Leoneans where he was the first African Bishop, a Priest in the West African country has said in his tribute to the Church leader who died aged 91.
Archbishop Ganda died on Wednesday, August 9 after battling an illness. He was Sierra Leone’s first Catholic Priest and the pioneer native Bishop, starting off at the Diocese of Kenema in the Eastern Province of the West African country, and retiring at the helm of the Archdiocese of Freetown.
In a tribute shared with ACI Africa, Fr. Peter Konteh , the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown described himself as Archbishop Ganda’s “spiritual son”, noting that the late Archbishop’s leadership qualities are worth emulating.
“Throughout his tenure as Archbishop, Ganda left an indelible mark on the Catholic Church in Sierra Leone. His leadership was characterized by compassion, humility, and a deep devotion to the people he served. He tirelessly worked to strengthen the Church's presence, promote unity, and foster spiritual growth among the Catholic faithful,” Fr. Konteh said in his August 9 tribute.
He said that Archbishop Ganda was known for his pastoral care, reaching out to the marginalized and advocating for social justice.