Most Rev. John Yaw Afoakwah, Bishop of Obuasi Diocese on Sunday, March 12 2017 presided over a Eucharistic Sacrifice in St. Peter’s Regional Seminary to mark the 60th birthday celebration of the seminary which was established on March 12, 1957.
In an address, Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Charles Snyper, Rector of the Seminary said it was significant for the seminary to celebrate her 60th birthday and on behalf of the Governing Council welcomed the Prelate to his alma mater for the celebration of her birthday.
In his homily, Bishop Afoakwah told the seminarians that the Season of Lent is a period of transfiguration, that is, spiritual transformation and added that their calling is to be “transformed into the image of Christ.”
Bishop Afoakwah said the call experience of Abram and the early disciples suggests that “leaving,” which means one’s separation of oneself or breaking ties with influences other than God’s is the first step to spiritual transformation.
He said when seminarians detach themselves from inordinate materialism and sin, they would realize God’s promises and be called beloved ones of God.
Bishop Afoakwah thanked God and both past and present staff members who have been part of the successes that the seminary has attained in forming Priests and Prelates including himself.
He entreated the seminarians to respect the seminary restrictions, study diligently, grow spiritually, and become visionary priests whose formation, dedication, and foresight will help check the problem of some Catholic faithful from being preyed upon by unscrupulous prophets and false teachers.
It is on record that the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast was founded on the 12th of March, 1957, six days after Ghana’s attainment of independence from colonial rule. A series of activities have been and are being undertaken by the seminary to mark the year-long diamond jubilee celebration of her existence and will be climaxed on 27th May, 2017, on the seminary campus.