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January 6, 2018, still revelling in the festivities of the yuletide and welcoming a brand new year, welcomed yet another celebration when Most Reverend Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Accra commemorated 25 years of his Episcopal Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on January 6, 1993.
A long procession of over a hundred priests led the Archbishop into the Holy Spirit Cathedral at Adabraka in Accra as he was flanked by Bishops from the other Catholic Dioceses of Ghana, including Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Archbishop Mathias Nketsia of Cape Coast some bishops from Accra suffrage dioceses of Koforidua, Keta – Akatsi, Ho were present.
They included Bishops Anthony Adanuty, Emeritus of Keta – Akatsi, Emmanuel Fiamu, SVD of Ho, Gabriel Kumordji, SVD of Keta – Akatsi as well as of Donkorkrom Vicariate ( Afram Plains) as well as Bishops John Bonaventure Kwofie, (CSSP), Spiritan Missionary, Joseph Essien of Wiawsu Diocese and Joseph Afrifa – Agyekum of Koforidua, as well as a several other Catholic Bishops. Anglican Bishops Justice Akrofi (Emeritus of Accra) and Daniel Torto were present to wish the Archbishop well.
Bishop Joseph Afrifa Agyekum, the homilist for the occasion praised Archbishop Palmer Buckle’s fatherly care for his flock when he was Bishop of the Koforidua Diocese and when he relocated to the Archdiocese of Accra.
He recounted difficult moments of the Archbishop as bishop in the vast rural expanse of so many congregations Bishop Palmer – Buckle had to visit as well as handily an urban diocese of diverse pastoral challenges and situations.
Bishop Afrifah – Agyekum asked the congregation to continue praying for the Archbishop and encouraged him to bring lightness of heart in reducing stress of his fellow Bishops in tense moments, urging the Archbishop to dance through challenges of his priestly and episcopal ministry with courage as he always loved dancing.
Friends and relatives, Church Elders, Papal Knights and Ladies, traditional authorities and a high powered delegation of Chiefs from Koforidua the Archbishop’s former diocese, were present to congratulate him.
Msgr. Pavol Talapka represented the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana.
Congratulatory messages were read from the Pope, the Ghana Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Accra Archdiocesan Priests’ Association, from the Religious and Laity Council.
Source: John Kumado