Otumfuo Endorses Bishop-elect of Konongo-Mampong Catholic Diocese

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has endorsed the appointment of Rev. Msgr. John Opoku-Agyemang as the Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong.

The Vatican last week announced Rev. Msgr Opoku-Agyemang as the successor to Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu who retired at 76 from the pastoral care of the Diocese.

The Manhyia Palace was formally served with the news on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, by the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Kumasi, Most Reverend Gabriel Justice Anokye and the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi Rev. Msgr. Louis Tuffour.

Introducing him, Most Reverend Anokye sought the blessing of the Monarch for the Bishop-elect who he said had been in pastoral business for 40 years now.

“It’s all good news. Roman Bishops retire at 75 years. Bishop Bonsu of Konongo Diocese is 76 years old and has retired. In his stead, Pope has appointed Very Rev Msgr John Opoku Agyemang…Our visit today is to inform His Majesty about it and receive his blessings.”

Asantehene who has been familiar with the endorsed appointment expressed confidence in him.

“He has served in all previous positions and he has been hard-working. He is not new to me and God has decided to honour him this way. I believe he can do the work with all his experience and knowledge.”

He also urged him to exhibit humility.

Rev. Msgr. John Opoku-Agyemang, born on August 15, 1957, brings with him a wealth of experience and qualifications.

He was ordained on January 22, 1984, and has served in various pastoral and academic roles throughout his career.

His educational background includes a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, among other theological and philosophical studies both in Ghana and abroad.

Rev. Msgr. Opoku-Agyemang’s pastoral experience spans several decades, including roles as Rector and formator at St. Gregory the Great Provincial Major Seminary in Kumasi, Catholic Chaplain at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Parish Priest at various locations within Ghana.

He has also been actively involved in teaching and research, presenting papers on topics such as liturgical adaptations, religious tolerance, collaborative ministry, and the role of priests in contemporary society.

Furthermore, Rev. Msgr. Opoku-Agyemang has held numerous leadership positions within the Catholic Church, serving as Supreme Chaplain of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, Chairman of various committees, and member of regional and national councils.


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