Catholics at Darkuman Church Bid Priests Farewell
Catholics of the St. Stephen Parish at Darkuman in Accra have held separate Masses to bid farewell to their Priests Fr. Bonaventure K.K. Quaidoo and Fr. Raphael Hessah, Parish Priest and Assistant following their transfers to new Parishes by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra effective October 1, 2020.
The Masses held on September 20 and 27, 2020 respectively was to thank them for their dedicated service to the community for some years and to wish them well in their new Parishes.
On August 20, 2020, 81 new appointments and transfers were made in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra by Most Rev. John Bonaventure Kwofie, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra
Fr. Quaidoo, who has served at the St. Stephen Church for almost four years, has been transferred to pastor the newly created St. Monica Rectorate at Fan Milk while Fr. Hessah is going to Christ the King Parish at Cantonments as an Assistant Priest.
They are being replaced by Rev. Fr. Robert Billy Gbettey as the Parish Priest to be Assisted by Fr. Henry Frempong.
The farewell Mass on September 20 for Fr. Quaidoo was attended by parishioners, leaders of other Churches, friends and some dignitaries including the Rev. Gabriel Sakyi Yorke of the Barthel Baptist Church, Rev. Joana Koranteng of the Presbyterian Church and the New Patriotic Party Parliamentary Aspirant for Ablekuma North, Ms Sheila Bartels.
Fr. Quaidoo expressed appreciation to the parishioners for their immense support to him as their Pastor and urged them to give their maximum support to his successors.
In appreciation for the support giving to him, Fr. Quaidoo, who is an expert in music, made a special presentation of 100 pieces of liturgical capes to be used by choristers.
He asked the Choir Director to maintain discipline which is a prerequisite for good music.
He thanked the Parish Music Director for his dedication and commitment in ensuring that the right liturgical songs were sung and discipline existed in the Choirs of the Church.
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) on behalf of the parishioners presented a citation to Fr. Quaidoo for his selfless service to the community, praising him for leading the community grow further in spirituality.
As the first Parish Priest of the Church, the Citation commended him for instituting the Life in the Spirit Seminar which has indeed enhanced the spirituality of the faithful.
The PPC described Fr. Quaidoo as a zealous Priest who has the desire to help all manner of persons who find themselves in challenging situations and an advocate for healthy living. It also lauded his benevolence and humanitarian gestures to the Church and the parishioners as a whole.
On her part, Ms Bartels praised the Catholic Church for its collaborative efforts and assured the St. Stephen’s Church of her financial support to complete its school building and construction of the access road to the Church.
Born on October 30, 1957, he was ordained Priest for the Tamale Archdiocese in 1990 and served at Bimbilla, Yendi, Tamale, Damongo and Bole. In Accra, he served at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Christ the King Parish and St. John the Evangelist Parish at Adenta before he was transferred to St. Stephen Church in 2016.
As a lover of music, he is an alumnus of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana. Currently, he is a student of Cultural Anthropology (Online Programme) with the Atlantic University in USA.