Archbishop Andoh laid To Rest

some priests carrying the mortal remainins of the Archbishop AndohThe mortal remains of the Most Reverend Dominic Kodwo Andoh, Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, were laid to rest at the Holy Spirit Cathedral Church in Accra on Thursday.

Hundreds of mourners, mainly Catholic faithful, thronged the Cathedral to bid the 84-year-old Bishop, who was the first Ghanaian Bishop to head the Archdiocese of Accra farewell.

Archbishop Andoh who was born in Shama in the Western Region on May 4, 1929, was a catholic priest for 56 years and four months out of which he served as Bishop for 41years and four months.

Among the mourners were former President John Agyekum Kufuor and  his wife and Mr. Prosper Bani, the Chief of Staff who represented  President John Dramani Mahama, some government officials, Members of Parliament, politicians and the Diplomatic Corps.

Delivering the homily, the Bishop of Ho, the Most Rev. Francis A.K. Lodonu, noted that the death of Archbishop Andoh “is a celebration of victory” for the fruitful life he led on earth.

Archbishop Andoh was a great citizen of Ghana and Africa who led a life of simplicity and humility and his Christian life is worthy of emulation.

Bishop Lodonu said as “all human beings will one day taste death,” it was necessary that humans should be conscious about the journey of death and live in Christ Jesus.

“Whether young or old, all will die someday and it is important that we all prepare ourselves to face the judgement of our maker”, he added.

Bishop Lodonu who was ordained Bishop together with Archbishop Andoh noted that, of all the nine bishops ordained in 1971  all but he and Archbishop Emeritus Akwasi Sarpong of the Kumasi Archdiocese, had died.

He asked Christians not to fear death but to believe that “the faithful, who die in Christ, shall rise with him”.
Bishop Lodonu expressed concerns about the numerous “evil activities” going on in the country and urged the security agencies to deal ruthlessly with those who break the law.

He also asked politicians to strife to unite the country at all times and ensure that the country remained peaceful after the verdict from the ongoing presidential election petition hearing at the Supreme Court.

The Archbishop of Accra, the Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle who was the main celebrant for the burial mass expressed condolences to the bereaved families of the late Archbishop and asked all to pray for his soul.
He thanked doctors and nurses from the Trust Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra for their professional job in catering for the late Archbishop when he fell sick.

The President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, described the late Archbishop as calm, gentle, affable, pleasant, hardworking and forgiving.
He commended the late Archbishop Andoh who was the president of the Bishops’ Conference from 1973 to 1982 for his diligence at duties and the immense contribution he made to the conference.
The late Archbishop Andoh was ordained priest at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on December 23, 1956.
He held several positions in the Catholic Church including Chairman of the Department of Social Communications, President of the Bishops’ Conference, Episcopal Chairman for Vocations and Seminaries and Rector of St. Peter’s Regional Seminary at Pedu in Cape Coast.

On March 30, 2005, Archbishop Andoh retired at the age of 75 and in 2006; the state conferred on him the Order of the Star of Ghana. He died on May 17, 2013, two weeks after his 84th birthday.

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