Catholic priest resigns

The Reverend Father Patrick Agyapong, a Roman Catholic Priest based at Jacobu in the Ashanti Region, has quit the priesthood.

He says his decision is based on a prayerful reflection and discernment, adding that his destiny and whether or not he made the right decision rested with God.

He was transferred to Jacobu from Jachie Pramso barely a month ago.

In a letter addressed to the Diocesan Bishop of Obuasi, the Most Rev. Fr. John Yaw Afoakwa, which was sighted by The Ghanaian Times, Rev Fr. Agyapong said his resignation took effect from October 31.

He has since abandoned all responsibilities, obligations and affiliations as part of the Catholic Priesthood.

“As a follow up to our 21/2 hour discussion on March 3, 2015 after much prayerful reflection and discernment, this letter serves as official correspondence in communicating my decision to resign from all responsibilities, obligations and affiliations as being part of the Catholic Priesthood , effective: October 31, 2015”, he wrote.

The priest told the church that his decision was “made with outmost confidence and humility, presence of clarity and wonder, deep gratitude and hope, boundless peace and joy”.

“It is my fundamental belief that one’s destiny is in the hands of God. When seeking to make life altering decisions, it is of outmost importance that we turn to deep prayer and soul searching, before any decision is finalised. It is in that same spirit, that I must with great affirmation and joy tender my resignation from the Catholic Priesthood,’’ the letter said.

“It has been a tremendous journey, a surprising adventure, of exploration into God who dwells within all our hearts. I can never thank God enough for his eternal love, loyalty and continued presence in my life .My journey will surely continue at the helm”, the abdicate Catholic Priest stated in his resignation letter.

Rev. Fr. Agyapong expressed his eternal gratitude to the Obuasi Catholic Diocese for the formation, education, companionship and ministry it offered him. “My heartfelt gratitude to my colleagues and Roman Catholics at large”, he said.

When contacted on telephone Most Rev. Fr. Afoakwa confirmed receipt of Rev. Fr. Agyapong’s resignation letter.

He, however, declined any comments and suggested that any questions arising be directed to the resigned priest himself.

According to him, neither he nor officials of the church would want to comment on the issue, especially in the media since Rev. Fr. Agyapong was around and could speak to them personally.

From Kingsley E. Hope,Kumasi

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