Merging of the Redemptorist Mission of Ghana and the Vice-Province of West Africa

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(Ghana) On 27th November, 2021, the Redemptorist Mission of Ghana assembled for a meeting ahead of the official union of the Mission with the Vice Province of West Africa. In attendance to this all important meeting included confreres working in the Mission led by Fr. Christian Ewoenam Klu, C.Ss.R., the Mission Superior; the Superior of the Province of Bogota (Mother Province of the Mission of Ghana), Fr. Luis Carlos Murillo, C.Ss.R.; the General Consultor for Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Nicholas Ayouba, C.Ss.R.; the Coordinator of the Redemptorists of Africa and Madagascar (COREAM), Fr. Noel Sottima, C.Ss.R.; the Superior of Vice-Province of Nigeria, Fr. Joterio Aghoja. C.Ss.R.; and the representative of the Superior of the Vice-Province of West Africa, Fr. Mark Toguyeni, C.Ss.R

In his address, Fr. Christian Klu expressed gratitude to the Province of Bogota, especially those who availed themselves for the planting and sustenance of the growth of the Redemptorist Mission in Ghana as of now. He reported that the Mission of Ghana which is almost 30 years in existence, has three communities (two formation houses and a parish community), seven indigenous priests, and sixteen students in formation out of which three are under temporal vows.

At the meeting, the other Superiors too updated the assembly on the state of missionary activities in their various (vice)provinces.

After many deliberations, the meeting came to an end with an Eucharistic Celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was presided over by the Chairman of the Assembly, Fr. Noel Sottima.

On the following day, 28th November, 2021, which was the first Sunday of Advent, a Mass was held at Christ the King Catholic Church at Ho, Mawuli-Estate. During this Mass, the decree of the Superior General was read by Fr. Joterio AGHOJA, Vice-Provincial Superior of Nigeria Vice-Province. The General Consultor from Africa and Madagascar and representative of the Superior General, Fr. Nicolas Ayouba, had the opportunity to preside over the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. In the context of the Mass, there was also the exchange of signatories on the contract between the Province of Bogota and the Vice-Province of West Africa on the union of the Mission of Ghana. This was followed by the presentation of a farewell citation to the mother Province of Bogota, and congratulatory messages and good wishes for the new beginning and success of the union of the Mission with the Vice-Province of West Africa.

Fr. Christian KLU, C.Ss.R.

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