St. Patrick’s Anglican Church Kpando launched their Forty years anniversary
St. Patrick’s Anglican Church Kpando launched their 40 years anniversary and the Foundation Stone Laying of the Churchs’ Building.
The program was graced by The Rt. Revd. Matthias Kwabla Medadues-Badohu- Anglican Bishop of Ho, Guest of Honor, the Trade Minister Hon. Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Chairman of the occassion Akpinifia Okpekpewuokpe Dagadu IX, Chairman of Datalink University Dr. Ernest Aculey Ansah, The Member of Parliament for Kpando Constituency, Hon. Della Sowah, Dr. George M. Afeti and many other special guests. The program happened on Sunday 29th May, 2022.
The program was chaired by the Greatest, Respectable, Paramount chief Akpinifia OkpekpewuoKpe Dagadu IX. According to him, most of the Youths in the Kpando Municipality are into drugs and called on all churches to use their platforms to help the youths to stay away from the use of the dangerous drugs. He added that, he will help the church to build the new chapel.
Reverend Father Selorm Selin Mereku, gave a brief history about the St. Patrick’s Anglican Church. He said “The St. Patrick’s Anglican Church was established on March 13, 1983. Before that time, and especially between 1979 and 1981, the Roman Catholic Church in Kpando was facing some crisis. The nature of the crisis was such that there was division in the RC church and a large number were prepared to find their way out of the church. In 1982, His Grace, Kwadwo Amissah, the then Catholic Archbishop of Cape Coast together with other Roman Catholic Bishops of Ghana came down to Kpando in the hope of resolving the crisis. They were, however, not successful. One of the factions in the crisis then decided firmly to look for another church, a church which will preferably be close to the Roman Catholic Church in its worship and practices. In 1983, they opted to join the Anglican Church. On the 13th of March that year the Anglican Church was established in Kpando and in 1984, Revd. Fr. Simon Kofi Ablorh was posted as the first parish priest.”
He further stated that “When the Anglican Church formally started in Kpando, they worshipped in the main hall of the Kpando Sports Stadium. In 1990, the place of worship was changed to this current location popularly called Anglican Village. At the time, this place was indeed a village, where apart from the Anglican Church building you would hardly find other buildings around.”
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He continued by saying, “may I point out that the St. Patrick’s Anglican Church has also been opened in other suburbs in Kpando such as Dzoanti, Bame, Dzigbe, Dafor, Abanu and Aziave.
Next year, March 2023, the Anglican Church in Kpando will be 40 years. We are grateful to God for the journey through all these years. The St. Patrick’s Anglican Church here in Anglican Village however, wishes to complete the new church building we have started. It’s our hope and prayer that by the time of the 40th anniversary, the building would be completed. Thus today, as we lay the foundation stone for the new church building. Mr. Chairman, may I’ll use this opportunity to appeal to everyone in the name of God to help us in any way possible to finish the building project.
He again appreciated some people in the church that contributed immensely to the development of the church. This is what he said “In the 39 years journey of the church so far, it will probably be very unfair and ingratitude on our part if we do not acknowledge the contributions of some individuals.
We appreciate the effort of the late Mr Hope Fafava Djentu, first people’s warden and the person who hosted the first priest of the church
Likewise, the late Mr. Pius Ntumy Atiegah,who was also the first priest warden.
We acknowledge Fr. Simon Kofi Ablorh, first parish priest who held the church together.
The late Madam Regina Tanson, who formed was instrumental in the formation of Mothers Union
The late Mr. Fidelis Ntumy, who offered his house as residence for visiting priests and sold it later to be used as a vicarage.
The late Papa Kodzo Tibu, who translated some hymns and prayers from English language to Ewe.”
The Trade Minister Hon. Alan John Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, gave a speech and encouraged all Ghanaians to be peace lovers and show it to everyone for the development of the nation. He started by saying, he was invited by the Lord Bishop and did not hesitate to honour the invitation. As a strong believer of the Anglican Church, he wishes to depart with the faith. He was named after an Archbishop Alan John Knight.
He donated an amount of GH₵ 30,000 and 500 bags of cement to support the building of the Church. He encouraged everyone to join build the church. Other dignitaries also donated handsomely to the building of the church.
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