Archbishop Palmer-Buckle marks 25th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary

Accra, Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Accra Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church, on Saturday marked his 25th Episcopal Ordination Anniversary with a thanksgiving service at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Accra.

With prayers, songs of praise and dancing, family members, well-wishers and Catholic faithful joined the Archbishop to glorify God for His divine protection and guidance.

The 25th Anniversary forms part of activities to mark the 125 Years of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, who is the longest serving Catholic Bishop in active Ministry in Ghana was, in November 1992, nominated the first Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Koforidua carved out of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra.

He was ordained on January 6, 1993, to the Episcopacy in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, by His Holiness, Pope St. John Paul II of blessed memory.

Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Catholic Church, in a congratulatory message, lauded the achievements of Archbishop Palmer-Buckle and his pastoral ministry in wining souls for Christ.

Most Reverend Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Bishop of Koforidua, also in a congratulatory message, commended Archbishop Palmer-Buckle for his support towards the growth of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua and encouraged him to continuously use his gift and talents in the development of the Church.

Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, praised Archbishop Palmer-Buckle for his contributions and support to the Conference.

A congratulatory message from the Laity Council, said: You persistently admonish against any form of vices that creeps into our society through your sermons and teachings through print and electronic media.

It said Archbishop Palmer-Buckle urged Catholic faithful to go out to share the word of God.

May your Silver Jubilee celebration in the episcopate renew the face of our Archdiocese and purge the entire Christ’s faithful from any kind of corruption that deprive the vulnerable of the reliefs they deserve, the message said.

The Accra Archdiocesan Priests’ Association and the Religious Men and Women also congratulated the Archbishop on his 25th Anniversary.

Most Rev. Palmer Buckle, 67 years, in appreciation, thanked all Catholic faithful and well-wishers for their support and prayers over the years that had seen him through his priesthood.

In attendance were Right Rev. Dr Daniel Sylvanus Mensah Torto, the Anglican Bishop of Accra, Most Rev. Dr Justice Ofei Akrofi, the former Anglican Bishop of Accra and former Archbishop of the Church of the Province of West Africa, Professor Edmund Delle, the Chairman of the Convention Peoples’ Party, and some catholic priests and bishops across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency


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