The ordination and installation of Most Reverend Emmanuel Kofi Fianu as the second Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ho, took place at the Jubilee Park, in Ho, on Saturday.
He took over from Bishop Emeritus, Francis A.K. Lodonu, who served in that capacity for 42 years.
The massive ecclesiastical carnival ceremony was attended by thousands of Catholic faithful and people from all walks of life.
Among the dignitaries present at the function, were the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Doe Adjaho; Volta Region Regional Minister, Madam Helen Ntoso; Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia, and Togbe Afede XIX, the Agbobomefia of the Asogli State.
Until his election as Bishop of Ho, Most Rev. Fianu was the Secretary General of the Society of the Divine Word with residence in Rome, Italy.
It was a solemn scene as Bishop Fianu was led by his assisting priests to the chair of the Principal Consecrator, His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Coast, before whom he made a sign of reverence.
The Papal bull (apostolic letter) was then shown to the Principal Consecrator, and then all the other bishops and faithful present before it was read out in Latin, English and Ewe, to loud cheers from the gathering, prompting the installation rites.
In a homily, Most Rev. Charles G. Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, described a bishop as the successor of the Apostles of Jesus; vested with fullness of the Sacrament of the Holy Orders.
“As high priest, he is called to offer the sacrifice of Christ Jesus for the faithful people of God, to shepherd them with love of Jesus and to preach the word of God”, he added.
The new bishop said he accepted his role as missionary of the Church and thanked Pope Francis for such an honour done to him “an unworthy servant of the church”.
He paid glowing tribute to his predecessor, Bishop Emeritus Lodonu for shepherding the flock of the Keta-Ho Diocese, and then the Ho Diocese over four decades, saying “your tireless efforts and guidance have brought the Diocese of Ho to its present status and the fruits of your labour bear witness to your distinguished and competent leadership”.
Most Reverend Fianu was born at Tegbi, in the Volta Region on June 14, 1957.
He had part of his primary education at the Roman Catholic Primary School, Tegbi and continued his primary and middle school education at the Roman Catholic Primary and Middle Schools in Ada-Foah before entering the Ada Secondary School in Ada-Foah.
In 1976, he joined the Divine Word Missionaries and was sent to St. Victor’s Major Seminary in Tamale to study Philosophy.
Three years later, Emmanuel Fianu entered the Divine Word Novitiate in Nkwatia-Kwahu at the end of which he professed his first vows at the St. George’s Catholic Parish (now Cathedral) in Koforidua on September 8, 1980.
After the profession of his first vows, Emmanuel Fianu returned to Tamale to continue his religious, missionary priestly formation in St. Victor’s Major Seminary.
He obtained his Diploma in Theology from the University of Ghana, Legon, studied French in Belgium, served in Togo, and studied Biblical Exegesis at the Pontifical Bible Institute, Rome.
He entered the Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1996 for his doctoral studies and was awarded a Doctorate in Theology in January, 2000.
Most Rev, Fianu speaks Ewe, Dangbe, English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.
He also reads Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Twi and bit of Bahasa Indonesia.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho