Call to Be Part of “transformative movement”: Official on Planned Diocesan Synod in Ghana

A poster announcing the Diocesan Synod on young people in Ghana's Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese. Credit: Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese

The planned Diocesan Synod on youth in Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese is a call for all the people of God in the Ghanaian Episcopal See to be part of “a transformative movement” that seeks “new and creative pathways for effective pastoral ministry to the youth”, an official involved in organizing the event has said. 

In his Monday, October 30 reflection titled, “Building The Future Together: Synod On The Youth - A Call To All,” the Director of Social Communications in Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese says the November 14-19 event is to serve as a “poignant call to everyone, regardless of age or background, to participate in a transformative movement.”

“This theme resonates deeply with our faith journey, offering a reflective exploration of the pivotal role our youth play in shaping the Church and securing (her) future,” Fr. Emmanuel Dolphyne adds.

The focus, Fr. Dolphyne says, “is always on how to listen and minister to the needs of the youth in the Diocese.”

The Synod on youth, he goes on to explain, seeks “to find new and creative pathways for effective pastoral ministry to the youth.”


The Ghanaian Catholic Priest appeals for active participation, saying, “Therefore, as Priests, Religious and Laity of this Diocese, we need to take an active interest in the Synod on the youth and also pray for its success.”

“Our youth, our future leaders, occupy a vital position in this renewal,” he emphasizes, adding, “Their unique perspective, unwavering energy, and contagious enthusiasm lay the very foundations upon which we can construct a Synodal Church. They represent not just the voice of tomorrow but the key to ensuring the Church's adaptability, growth, and relevance in an ever-evolving world.”

Fr. Dolphyne continues in reference to the youth, “It is paramount that we not only listen to their concerns but also empathize with their struggles and provide guidance that resonates with their distinctive experiences.”

“The Synodal Church does not adhere to rigid structures; it thrives on the principles of listening, dialogue, and adaptability. It serves as a space where our youth can share their experiences and express their opinions, views, aspirations and expectations,” the member of the Clergy of Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese says. 

He goes on to describe the Church as a welcoming environment where young people “can find solace in knowing that their voices are heard and valued, even when their views may deviate from traditional norms.”

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“As we embark on this transformative journey, it is crucial that we foster unity and inclusivity. A Synodal Church thrives on embracing diversity, recognizing that the collective wisdom of the faithful surpasses the sum of its parts,” he emphasizes, adding, “This is an invitation to bridge generational gaps, to transcend cultural differences, and to work as one united faith community.”

The Ghanaian Catholic Priest underscores the need to take youth ministry seriously as young people are significant stakeholders in the Church. 

“Our youth are not merely the Church's future; they constitute a fundamental part of the Church today. Their role transcends distant horizons; it is immediately relevant. They serve as catalysts for change, the driving force behind the construction of a Synodal Church capable of withstanding the challenges of our ever-changing times,” he says.

Making reference to young people, Fr. Dolphyne recalled the words of Pope Francis during his first overseas trip as Pontiff at Holy Mass on Copacabana beach in Brazil. “The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity, and the joy that is so characteristic of you,” Pope Francis said during the July 2013 event.

“The time has arrived for our youth to rise and co-create the future of the Catholic Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi. Together, we can erect a Synodal Church that is vibrant, responsive, and deeply connected to the ever-changing world around us,” Fr. Dolphyne says in his October 30 reflection.


Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.