Pope Francis appoints two bishops for Accra Catholic Archdiocese
Pope Francis has appointed two Auxiliary bishops for the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.
They are Reverend (Rev.) Father (Fr) John Kobina Louis and Rev. Fr Anthony Nary Asare.
Their appointment was announced at the Vatican, Rome, Italy, and also by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski, at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra on Tuesday.
Rev. Fr Louis was born on November 24, 1964 in Accra. He completed his studies in philosophy and theology at the Saint Peter’s Major Seminary in Pedu.
He was ordained a priest on July 18 for the clergy of Accra.
Following ordination, he first held the offices of parish vicar of Our Lady of Mercy, Tema (1992-1995); parish administrator of Saint Joseph the Worker, Tema (1995-1998); parish priest of Saint Joseph the Worker, Tema (1998-2002).
After studying for a licentiate in religious studies and sociology at the Catholic University College of Ghana (1998-1991), he served as bursar of the archdiocese of Accra (1996-2002) and director of the Pastoral Centre (1997-2002).
He was then awarded a licentiate in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome (2002-2004), and went on to serve as parish vicar of the Holy Spirit Cathedral (2004-2006); administrator of the Holy Spirit Cathedral (2006-2012); president of the National Union of Ghana Diocesan Priests Association (NUGDPA) (2007-2011); academic dean and lecturer of the Catholic Institute of Business and Technology (CIBT) (2014-2020); acting president of the CIBT (2017-2018) and, since 2019, vicar general of the archdiocese of Accra.
Rev. Fr Asare was born on September 29, 1965 in Odumase-Krobo in the Eastern Region of Ghana. After attending Pope John Senior High School and Minor Seminary in Koforidua, he completed his studies in philosophy at Saint Paul’s Seminary in Sowutuom and in theology at Saint Paul’s Seminary in Pedu.
He was ordained a priest on 22 July 1995 for the clergy of Accra.
Following ordination, he first served as parish vicar of Martyrs of Uganda in Mamprobi (1995-1997); head of the Sacred Heart in Derby Avenue (1997-1999); parish vicar of Saint Peter’s in Osu (1995-2005); bursar of the archdiocese of Accra (2002-2008); and parish vicar of Saint Maroun’s in Tema (2005-2008).
He then studied at All Hallow’s College in Dublin, Ireland, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in management, a Master of Arts in leadership and pastoral care, and a Master of Arts in Supervisory Practice (2008-2012).
He went on to serve as parish priest of Saint Joseph the Worker in Tema (2013-2019); and since 2019, parish priest of Saints Anne and Joachim in Teshie and head of priestly personnel.
BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI