Two Presentation Brothers made their final vows of Religious profession in the St. Theresa’s Minor Basilica, Nandom in Wa Diocese of the Upper West Region. They are Br. Leonard Derbie who hails from Nandom – Dodonmenteng and Br. Augustin Dassah from Kaleo Pour-yire both from the Wa Diocese. The Most Rev. Richard Kuuia Baawobr M.Afr. Bishop of the Wa Diocese presided over the profession mass and was concelebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Gregory Dongkore Rector of the St. Theresa’s Minor Basilica, Rev. Fr. Leo Traynor St. Patrick’s Missionary Society-Kiltegan Fathers, Director of Sharing Education and Learning for Life-SELL Ghana project and other Priests from the Tamale Ecclesiastical Province.
In attendance was Br. Francis Xavier Agoah the Congregation Leader of the Presentation Brothers from Ireland, Br. Emmanuel Aminenta, Province Leader of the Presentation Brothers West Africa Province, many Brothers in Ghana and Nigeria, other Religious women and men from the Wa, Yendi and Tamale Archdiocese, friends and relatives.
In a homily, Bishop Richard said the professions of final vows was a long-life commitment and dedication to the service of God in humanity and asked the Brothers to remain faithful to their vows of Poverty, Obedience and Chastity and to depend on God and not material things. To spend time with the Lord in prayer, to listen to Him and be available to be sent out as ambassadors of Christ. He said people are differently gifted and are called in various ways to follow Christ as priests, consecrated persons or married life as a gift.
He urged the Brothers to be in Solidarity, supporting one another in order to carry the mission of Christ. In Simplicity, the Bishop cautions them against carrying extract baggage that could distract the mission of Christ given to them as a gift and that the success of the mission does not depend on them as persons but on God. He advised them to put their trust in God who has called them into Religious life, urging them to be good role models to the society in words and deeds. To give Service, he asked them to bring Christ to the world as missionary disciples, peace to troubled homes and broken relationships and to visit the sick with the generosity of heart as a gift for the mission.
Bishop Richard thanked the parents for offering their able sons to serve God as religious Brothers in the Catholic Church and called on the Laity to support the Priests and Religious in the Diocese.
The two Brothers then kneeled and vowed to live forever, Religious Poverty, ungrudging Obedience and perfect Chastity before their Congregation Leader.
Meanwhile, Br. Innocent John Obiabo made his final profession of vows on the 16th November 2019 in Nigeria, Gboko Diocese in Gabriel’s parish Nyambor.