“I’m not Only Born a Catholic, I’ll surely die a Catholic” – Daniel Yaw Domelevo
The immediate past Auditor-General of Ghana, Daniel Yaw Domelevo has spelt out how staunch he is as a Catholic, stating that “I am not only born a Catholic, I believe, I will surely die a Catholic.”
Mr. Domelevo a staunch Catholic par excellence in a profile he shared with newswatchgh.com stated, “I was born a Catholic. In other words, my parents were Catholic hence I was baptised when I was only 25 days old.”
“As the tradition had it in my father’s house, every male child in the house must be a Mass server and I was no exception. In addition to being a Mass server at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Adeemmra-Kwahu in the Donkorkrom Vicariate in the Afram Plains, I was a member of the Church Choir, the Catholic Youth Organisation (CYO) and one of the readers (lectors),” he said in his profile.
Sharing his experiences of Catholicism, he said “the St. Mary’s Parish up to date is man by SVD Priests who are expatriates and could not preach in any of the local languages, so apart from being a Knight of the Altar, I usually interpreted or translated the homily either in Ewe or Twi depending on the village where we went for the Mass.”
“I moved to Kumasi in the early 80s to continue my education and there, I joined the “Our Lady’s Choir” at the KNUST (then UST) Catholic Church. I moved to Accra and again joined the choir at the Christ the King Catholic Church, Cantonment. I left the Christ the King choir when my schedules as the then Director of Government Payroll at the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department made it almost impossible for me to attend choir practices,” he recalled.
According to him, “Our Holy Matrimony was on the 17th of July 1993 at the Christ the King Church and thereafter our marriage has been blessed with three boys -now young men.”
“My wife and I started the Sacred Heart Confraternity at St. Ignatius of Loyola, Batsoona when we moved there in 2000. It is still one of the most vibrant Confraternities in the Archdiocese of Accra and every member of my family is also a member of the Confraternity up to date,” he narrated.
He said “I was the Vice Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for St. Ignatius of Loyola and at the same time, a member of the Finance Committee of Christ the King Catholic Church from 2007 or thereabout until 2010 I left the shores of Ghana to work as the Senior Financial Management Specialist for the World Bank in Zimbabwe and Malawi.”
Mr. Domelevo made it known in his profile that “My family has maintained our membership of Christ the King and that of St. Ignatius of Loyola up to date. From December 2016 to March 2021, as the Auditor-General, my office was at the Ministries but I stayed at Batsoona hence I found it easy to attend morning Mass at Christ the King during the weekdays and after that went to work but on Sundays I regularly attended Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola. After leaving office as the Auditor-General, I have been more regular at the week day morning Masses at St. Ignatius than at Christ the King.”
The former Auditor-General studied to become a Chartered Accountant at the intermediate level at the then Kumasi Polytechnic (Kumasi Technical University) and continued with the final levels at the then Institute of Professional Studies (University of Professional Studies, Accra).
He holds Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ghana, Accra with a track record of about 30 years of professional experience in Public Financial Management (PFM) through working as the Auditor-General of Ghana and also as a consultant and/ or staff of the World Bank, African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department among others.
He taught at the Kumasi Polytechnic, Christian Institute of Accountancy and Technology Kumasi, Institute of Professional Studies, Accra, Central University, Accra among others.
In the words of Mr. Domelevo, “The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Divine Mercy has been my backbone throughout my entire life and especially during challenging times in my professional carrier.”
Sacred Heart of Jesus! Thy Kingdom come;
Divine Mercy! I believe in your love for me.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary! Pray for us.