On 02 January 2022, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, the Society of Saint Paul, Nigeria Region, formally began its apostolate in Ghana with the opening of a state-of-art Book and Media Centre! The facility was blessed and inaugurated at Kutunse, Accra by Reverend Father John Kobina Louis, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Accra in the presence of Father Joseph Kandachamkunnel, Regional Superior. Present on the occasion were the local Chief of Kutunse, priests and parishioners of Saint Bakhita and neighbouring parishes.
Addressing the gathering, Father Joseph expressed joy at the realization of the first project of the new Region and assured those present that the very purpose of the Pauline presence in Ghana was to remain committed to serving the Church and people of Ghana through our apostolate. Father JiksonMullasseril in his Vote of Thanks appreciated the cordial welcome received from His Grace, Most Rev John Bonaventure Kwofie, Archbishop of Accra, and for His Grace’s guidance in realizing this dream; he also thanked the General Government of the Society of Saint Paul for its constant support and encouragement. He further expressed his indebtedness to the Vicar General, representing the Archbishop, for making himself available for this event. Father Jikson also appreciated the presence of the patrons and friends of the Society of Saint Paul for their encouragement and support in realizing the project.
Those visiting the centre expressed much joy and gratitude for the commencement of the Pauline mission in their midst. Many shared their surprise and delight at the quality and variety of books and religious articles on display, wondering aloud why we had not begun our mission earlier in their country! The solemn occasion concluded with light refreshments.
We thank Fathers Jikson Mullasseril and George Augustin, the pioneers of the Mission, for the sacrifices they made and for their commitment and dedication in realizing this dream project of the Society of Saint Paul in Ghana.