His Excellency Most Rev. Jean Marie Speich, Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana was recently received for a two-day visit to St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast, from October 31 to November 1, 2016, during which he instituted 43 seminarians into the Ministry of Lectors and received 51 others into Candidacy for Holy Orders in separate concelebrated Masses and launched the 60th anniversary celebrations of the seminary.
Archbishop Speich interacted with the seminarians and team of formators on separate fora. Relating some experiences of his years in seminary formation, he showed delight in interacting with seminarians saying without them “the seminary does not exist.” He urged them to align themselves with the prospects of formation with special references to their human, pastoral, mental, and spiritual growths.
Archbishop Speich tasked seminarians to avoid pride and lack of zeal in their future priestly ministry since such ways might terrorize the faith of those they pastor, adding “It is better not to become a priest than to become a bad priest.” He urged seminarians to use their “seminary years to find insight into Scripture about how to become saints.”
In his homily, Archbishop Speich reminded the seminarians of “three important elements of the ministry of a lector.” These are hearing and proclaiming the Word of God; understanding and explaining it; and the need to connect it to everyday life, adding, “Each of these elements is very important if the Word is to be alive and active in us and among us.”
Archbishop Speich said “Ghana needs good priests; not the other ones; we have enough of them.” He told the laity to ensure seminarians become good priests and urged the new Candidates for Holy Orders to put into practice the way of living taught by Jesus in the Beatitudes (cf. Matthew 5: 1-12) and also seek the constant intercession of the Saints of God.
In an address, Very Rev. Fr. Robert Charles Snyper, Ag. Rector of the seminary gave a brief highlight of the historical trajectory that lead to the establishment of St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast. He noted the significance of its existence to the Church and the State and expressed gratitude to those who support the seminary in diverse ways. He recommended all and sundry to God’s blessings.
Prior to the start of the Mass of the institution of lectors, Most Rev. Matthias Nketsiah, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast expressed a warm welcome to the Nuncio and commended the efforts of the seminary formators in forming priests.
Archbishop Speich launched the seminary’s 60th anniversary celebrations which will be climaxed on May 27, 2017 in the seminary, Pedu. He unveiled a plaque in memory of the founding fathers of the seminary on its 60th anniversary.