SMA Climaxes 140th Anniversary
The Society of African Missions (SMA Fathers) in Ghana climaxed its year-long 140th anniversary celebrations with a Pontifical Mass presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Most Reverend Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinki on the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Mass took place at the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Ashaley Botwey in Accra and was concelebrated by the Provincial Superior of the SMA in Ghana Very Rev Fr Paul Saa-Dade Ennin and other SMA priests.
The nuncio in his homily extoled the sacrifice and the work of the first missionaries Fathers Moreau and Murat through whom the Catholic started on the then Gold Coast. He compared them to the good shepherds who showed their love for all. According to him, Christ as the King of the universe is linked to his passion on the cross. Christ, put himself at the service of the least in the society “in order to place himself on a par with them and to satisfy their material and moral needs…”, the nuncio noted. He asked that prayers be said for the vocation into the SMA congregation.
At the end of the celebration, the provincial superior in his speech recounted the numerous achievements of the SMA in Ghana through the sacrifices of many missionaries. Fr Paul Saa-Dade Ennin talked about how young men risked the harsh climate conditions of the time including death to proclaim the gospel. He later led all SMA priests to rededicate themselves to the missionary charism of the society. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra was represented by Very rev Fr Numorius Domanzing, SMA, Dean of Madina Deanery and Parish Priest of St Francis of Assisi Parish.
Earlier at the beginning of the Mass, Mrs Sedinam Mammara welcomed the congregants to the St Francis of Assisi Parish which according to her, started in 1989 with few Catholics under the leadership of two SMA priests: Fr Frans Mulders and Fr Jacque Smeele. The Mass was well attended by parishioners, Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA), Friends of the SMA, the Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of St John International, the Municpal Chief Executive of Adenta, Hon. Daniel Alexander Nii Nio Adumah and well-wishers of the SMA.
Notable at the Mass was the launching of the St Martin’s Deaf Ministry by the SMA to cater for the pastoral needs of the Deaf people in the Church. This ministry is the first of its kind in the Catholic Church in Ghana. The executive body of the ministry led by Fr Rene Yao Dan, was commissioned and sent on mission by the provincial superior.
Source: Dennis Senyo Etti, SMA