St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, Cape Coast recently celebrated her 12th Theology Week under the theme, “Sixty Years of Priestly Formation for the Church in Ghana and the Universal Church – a Shared Responsibility”. The celebration, which took place in the context of the sixtieth anniversary celebration of the seminary, was held from 13th to 17th March 2017.
The Theology Week celebration, which is organized biennially, affords seminarians and staff of the seminary the opportunity to reflect on some pertinent theological issues. In the words of the Rector, Very Rev. Fr. Robert Charles Snyper, in his Welcome Address, this year’s edition was “... to celebrate the relevance of the sixty years of existence of the seminary at Pedu in particular reference to the priestly formation for the Church in Ghana and the universal Church in an academic context or a pedagogical discourse... to rethink the issue of who takes responsibility for such a formation.”
Therefore, this year’s edition, the twelfth in a series, hosted nine lectures which were delivered by some great and accomplished luminaries. They include Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, who spoke on the theme for the celebration; Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Louis Tuffour, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kumasi, who spoke on “Theological Formation of Priests in the Contemporary Society”; Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Mensah, a Formator at the St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary in Sowutuom, Accra who spoke on “Biblical Apostolate and Priestly Formation”, Rev. Fr. Dr. Prosper Abotsi, a Formator at the St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary in Sowutuom, Accra, who took the topic on “Priestly Formation and Liturgical Inculturation”.
The others are Rev. Msgr. Matthew Edusei, former Rector of the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, who lectured on “The Impact of the Sixty Years of Priestly Formation and Ministry in the Ghanaian Context”; Mr. Benedict Assorow, Managing Director of the Standard Newspaper and Magazine, who gave his talk on “Aiming at Self-Reliance in Priestly Formation in the Age of Information Technology – Prospects and Challenges”, Mr. Edward Aloysius Prah, President of the International Council of Catholic Men (Unum Omnes), who gave a lecture on “Priestly Formation and Social Justice”; Dr. Joseph Arko, a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, and Chairman of the National Catholic Laity Council, spoke on the topic “The Role of the Laity in Priestly Formation”; and Mrs. (Col. Rtd.) Cecilia Adane Mensah, who treated the topic “Priestly Formation and the Family”.
There were two lectures each day, from Monday to Thursday, and only one on Friday. The seminarians were divided into ten groups and participated in workshops on each of the lectures. A plenary session, where the various groups had the opportunity to present reports on their deliberations then followed each workshop.
Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer Buckle gave the keynote address after he had presided over the opening Mass. In his presentation, he congratulated the seminary for sixty years of her existence and the many successes she has chalked. He acknowledged some luminaries who have been formed for the Church by the seminary in her sixty years of existence. These include His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, president of the Congregation for Justice and Peace, at the Vatican; Most Rev. Peter Akwasi Sarpong, Emeritus Archbishop of Kumasi; the late John Kwadwo Amissah (the first indigenous prelate and archbishop of Cape Coast); and several others.
Some alumni and friends of the Seminary were present to benefit from the intellectual, inspiring and challenging series of erudition. These include Most Rev. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Rev. Msgr. Hilary Senoo (one of the pioneers), Very Rev. Fr. Bonaventure Annan (Vicar General, Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast) Very Rev. Fr. Mark Quainin (Bursar, Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Coast), and Rev. Fr. Patrick Akyene (Formator at St. Theresa’s Minor Seminary, Amisano). The rest were some sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Child Jesus, the Congregation of the Infant Jesus, representatives of the Franciscan Friars and of St Nicholas’ Anglican Theological Seminary of Cape Coast.
In his closing remarks at the end of the theological discourses, Rev. Fr. George Kwame Bonnah, on behalf of the Rector and the entire staff, commended the various speakers for their remarkable input and invited the staff and seminarians to endeavour to internalize what has been acquired in the course of the week-long activity.