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The Dutch Period

January 10, 2016

For whatever it was worth, Catholic presence in and around El-Mina would be practically snuffed out by the Dutch with the defeat of the Portuguese and the capture of the castle in 1637.

When Holland got involved in the trade with the Guinea coast, she made use of Portuguese and Spanish ports. Wit…

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Catholic Re-entry to the “Mina” Coast in the 18th & 19th Centuries

January 10, 2016
1. Initial Attempts in the 17 th Century : 

When the French began to trade with the Guinea coast, the Prior of the Dominican General Novitiate in Paris had also been charged with the care of the missions of the West Indies. To this, the Propaganda Fide added the new mission in West Africa. And s…

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A Prefecture Apostolic of the Gold Coast for the SMA Fathers

January 10, 2016
Bishop Marion de Bresillac, the founder of the SMA missionaries, had died off the coast of Sierra Leone, and Fr. Augustin Planque had become the Superior of the SMA Fathers. 

Thinking that Accra had a healthier climate, he had asked Propaganda Fide for permission to begin mission a post in Accra…

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The SMA Fathers & OLA Sisters Open a Mission Post in Cape Coast

January 10, 2016
As in Elmina, the OLA Sisters followed the SMA Fathers into mission in Cape Coast and opened a girls' school there in 1890. The school was held in the summer residence of Prince Ansah, which had been bought. Srs. Ignatius, Thais and Basile ran the school and kept a dispensary and a kindergarten on t…

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The SMA Fathers & OLA Sisters Open a Mission Post in Cape Coast

January 10, 2016
As in Elmina, the OLA Sisters followed the SMA Fathers into mission in Cape Coast and opened a girls' school there in 1890. The school was held in the summer residence of Prince Ansah, which had been bought. Srs. Ignatius, Thais and Basile ran the school and kept a dispensary and a kindergarten on t…

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Portuguese Period

January 10, 2016
 
Following their defeat and expulsion of the Saracens (Arab Muslims) out of Portugal , the Portuguese, under Prince Henry, sought to ensure a total freedom from Saracen threat and invasion by pursuing them into North Africa ( Morocco ). There they established their presence and a stronghold a…

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The Building of St. Francis de Sales Mission in Cape Coast

January 10, 2016
The years between 1893 and 1906 were particularly trying for the missionaries. There were a lot of deaths, replacements were slow in coming and funds were low and scarce. The sustainability of the mission was in a crisis, which was mitigated only by the participation of lay converts, who spread the …

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The Gold Coast Mission becomes an APOSTOLIC VICARIATE

January 10, 2016

After twenty years of self-sacrificing hard work (from 1880 to 1900, thirty priests and nuns had died) there were four residential stations (Elmina, Cape Coast, Keta and Saltpond), with a Catholic population of 4905. in appreciation this missionary zeal and hard work, the Holy See elevated the Prefe…

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Bishop Isidore Klaus (2 nd Apostolic Vicar) & the Railway Line Missions

January 10, 2016

In November 1904, Fr. Isidore Klaus arrived from Nigeria to succeed to Bishop Albert as Apostolic Vicar and head of mission. Although his ministry was short, only one year, it was eventful.

Sekondi was a harbour town; and the completion of the railway link between Sekondi and Kumasi made Sekondi …

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Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

January 10, 2016

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, a former Archbishop of Cape Coast (Ghana), was born on 11 October 1948 in Wassaw Nsuta, Ghana. He was ordained for the Diocese of Cape Coast on 20 July 1975 and holds a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

 
From 1975…

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SVD Fathers in Accra

January 10, 2016

Two SMA Fathers had been taking care of Accra since 1926, but it required more hands and greater presence. Its mixed population of different tribes and languages called for specialized ministries. Therefore, in 1939, the SMA Fathers ceded the pastoral care of Accra to the SVD Fathers, Accra, with it…

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Archbishop John Kodwo Amissah

January 10, 2016

Archbishop John Kodwo Amissah

Bishop William Thomas Porter (5th Vicar 1933-1960)

January 10, 2016

Bishop Hauger retired on 24 th October 1932 on account of ill health; and he was succeeded by Bishop William Thomas Porter, a former supervisor of mission schools in Nigeria. He arrived on October 31, 1933 to take possession of this vicariate.

Golden Jubilee of the Gold Coast Mission (1880-1930)

January 10, 2016

A three-day celebration in Elmina marked the Golden Jubilee of the Gold Coast mission. High points of the celebration were the following: 

• The unveiling of a memorial in the memory of the missionaries. 

• The blessing of a foundation stone for the building of a Seminary for indigenous cl…

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Bishop Ernest Hauger (4 th , Vicar 1925-1932)

January 10, 2016

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Bishop Ignatius Hummel (3 rd . Vicar 1906-24) and the Era of Expansion

January 10, 2016

On 12 th April 1906, Bishop Hummel succeeded Bishop Klaus as Apostolic Vicar of the Gold Coast. Lay Catholics had spread the faith far and wide, and communities had sprung up all over. The method for extending pastoral care to these communities consisted in setting up residential stations, whose pri…

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