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St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church Welcomes New Provincial Custos Of Ghana

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Report By Bernard K DADZIE
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic church Awoshie-Anyaa officially rejoiced in welcoming the newly elected Provincial Custos Of the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Ghana, Friar Vitus Edem Yao Mensah to the parish.
On 9th August 2022, at an ordinary custodial chapter, Friar Vitus Edem Yao Mensah was elected as Provincial Custos of the Conventual Franciscan friars in Ghana, being the third Ghanaian Provincial Custos with Friar Emmanuel Kofi Ocran as his vicar.
Very Reverend Fr. Vitus Edem Yao Mensah was a former parish priest of Christ the King Catholic Church Effiakuma and Local Manager of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Takoradi. He replaced Friar Eugene Antwi Boasiako who served the post for two consecutive terms from 2019 to 2022.
The Conventual Franciscan Friars are located today in four dioceses in Ghana. Namely Takoradi, Sunyani, Cape Coast and Accra. The Friars pastoral activities include Parish work, Printing Press and publication, care for the poor and marginalized, formation and teaching; retreats, spiritual direction and counseling.
Friar Vitus Edem Yao Mensah, the newly elected Provincial Custos in Ghana was the main celebrant. He asked the parishioners to be servants of God at all times. He continued that God is a forgiving God so when we realize our sins and come back to him for forgiveness, He forgives us our sins.
Quoteing from Luke 15: 11, he said there was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, ‘Father, give me my share of the property now.’ So the man divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money.
He said he went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. So he went to work for one of
the citizens of that country, who sent him
out to his farm to take care of his pigs.
He wished he could fill himself with
the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one
gave him anything to eat. 
At last he came to his senses and said, ‘All my
father’s hired workers have more than
they can eat, and here I am about to
starve! I will get up and go to my father
and say, Father, I have sinned against
God and against you. I am no longer fit
to be called your son; treat me as one of
your hired workers.’ 
So he got up and
started back to his father.
According to Friar Vitus Edem Yao Mensah, He was still a long way from home
when his father saw him; his heart was
filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms
round his son, and kissed him. 
‘Father,’ the son said, ‘I have sinned against God
and against you. I am no longer fit to be
called your son.’ But the father called
his servants. ‘Hurry!’ he said. ‘Bring him in. “
His father said “put on the best robe on him, ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then
let us celebrate with a feast!  For this son of mine was dead but he is alive, he was lost but has been found. And so the feasting began.”
According to Rev. Father Edem Mensah, at times, we get lost, and when God searches for us, we ask, God why are you looking for us?
“God says, we should have sorrows for our sins just as the second child did. He repented and came back to his father. God is looking for us, so we must not run away from him. Are we willing and ready to say yes my Lord?
Today, God is willing to look for us, so let us also make ourselves available. We do so many things as a result of our love for God.”
“We are all churchgoers but many of us are not really Christians or believers. Most of us are lost. He said, “how many of us if have 10,000 Ghana cedis and lose 1 Ghana cedi, will leave the rest of the money and waste his time in search of the 1 Ghana cedi?
And when the 1 cedi is found, will spend almost 20,000 Ghana cedis in jubilation?
The mercies of the lord which supersedes our sinfulness are still at work,” he noted.
To welcome Provincial Custos of the Conventual Franciscan friars in Ghana, the Chairman of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Pastoral Council PPC, Mr. John Appah, expressed his profound gratitude to Friar Vitus Edem Yao Mensah for his position and asked God’s blessings upon him.
There are no words to express how fully our joys and appreciations are. Our church is growing by the years through Christ our Lord.”
He emphasized that the church is overwhelmed for receiving him in their mist and they will support him in their possible ways to be able to discharge his duty.
“It is our prayer that the Lord will empty us of ourselves in order that we may be filled with his grace.”
“We welcome you to St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic church Awoshie-Anyaa, Accra. We ask for strength and grace for you to be able to do the work that has been entrusted in your hands. We are grateful for every single moment we live as a church,” PPC Chairman.
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