Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Francis Lodonu Marked His 48th Episcopal Anniversary

Most Rev. Francis Kofi Anani Lodonu, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Ho, on the 29th of June, 2021, marked his 48th Episcopal Anniversary. This day was marked with Solemn Holy Mass in commemoration of Ss. Peter and Paul the two strong pillars of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

The Bishop Emeritus, before the mass, as his introduction, refreshed the minds of those present about how he had to hurriedly leave his post as the then headmaster of St. Mary Seminary Secondary School to Rome to be ordained a bishop by Pope Paul VI. 

The homilist Rev. Fr. Raphael Azarias Benuyenah used the opportunity to explain into detail the understanding of the catholic priesthood which he said was at the request of the Bishop Emeritus. He said, priestly functions of prayer and sacrifices can and may be performed by any believer but priesthood and priestly life and ritual functions either on altars or within the family household are reserved for household heads and their successors.  He added further that, priesthood as an institution, is by the choice and call of God. The Catholic Priesthood is instituted therefore by Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Priest of non-Israelite source, head of the Christian household and established by the faith community after him.

He also used the opportunity to congratulate the Bishop Emeritus for his remarkable achievements amidst all the difficulties he had to undergo as a shepherd of the flock of Ho Diocese. 

 In attendance were some priests, religious and lay faithful.

We continue to pray for him, most especially, we ask God to bless him with good health.  



Ho Diocese is Bereaved

The Bishop of Ho, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD, yesterday, 2nd August 2021 announced with deep sorrow the demise of Rev. Fr. John Adanfo. He died in the late hours of Sunday, 1st August 2021 at bout 10:45 pm at Magaret Marquart Catholic Hospital, Kpando. He was residing in the retirement home for the priests (Madonna House) at ho Dome before his death.

As we wait for the burial announcements to be made, the bishop asked all of us to continue to pray for the peaceful repose of his soul and also to pray for the bereaved family. 

May he rest in peace.

Ho Diocesan Workshop for Choirmaster held at Holy Cross Parish, Have


The workshop which took place today 3rd September 2021, was attended by about 65 participants from all the parishes in the Diocese.

Rev. Fr. Jesse Amedzi delivered a talk on 'Tools needed to empower choirmasters to revamp the weak and defunct choirs in the Parishes'. Using the Brainstorming method, the Facilitator helped the Audience to, first of all, come out with identified causes of the weakness and dormancy in choirs.

These, among others, were identified:

*Inadequate Choirmasters

*Inadequate support/ remuneration for Choirmasters at the Diocesan and Parish levels

*Reluctance of Men and the youth to join choirs in the various stations

*Inadequate sacrifice and discipline among existing choristers

*Financial burden on smaller parishes making it difficult to support choirmasters

*Changing times and disinterestedness of the current age for spiritual activities

*Indiscipline among choirmasters

*Inadequate recognition and encouragement of some choirs by some Priests

The Speaker recommended that choirs and choirmasters should have a VISION in line with the church's Vision of saving Souls as an intrinsic motivation for their duties.

Participants also identified appreciation and remuneration of Choirmasters and Choristers, empowering the Diocesan Music Directorate with the necessary logistics and tools, regular training of/for choirmasters, as some necessary actions to revamp outstation choirs.

Mr. Richard Amrago (Ho Municipal Education Office Coordinator for Culture and Music), who delivered a talk on 'Skills and Competencies of the 21st Century Church Music Director', recommended that Choirmasters should use modern technological gadgets to augment their music praxis. For him, the Music Director is to control and harmonize every sound that is produced during the liturgy, including the music accompaniment, and fixing of PA systems etc. He further urged the participants to make themselves available and distinguish between Liturgical music and pop music.

Mr. Pius Peni, the Special Guest, commended the efforts of the members of the current Music Commission as far as the development of Liturgical Music in the Diocese is concerned.

The Diocesan Chaplain encouraged the Participants to endeavour to put into practice all they came to learn. He also intimated that such plans as establishing Music Training Schools in each Deanery as near future plans of the Directorate.

I thank the Bishop, all Parish Priests and Parish Choir Chaplains for their support towards a successful workshop.



(Fr. Dennis Kumah Mawulɔ̃m Asare)

Diocesan Chaplain for Choirs, Ho.

Rev. Fr. John Cantus Anku Adanfo was peacefully Laid to Rest.

Fr Adanfo laid to Rest


The Catholic Diocese of Ho on Friday laid to rest Very Rev. Fr Cantus Anku Adanfo after a Requiem Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ho Kpevele.


The Mass was presided over by Most. Rev Emmanuel Kofi Fianu SVD and concelebrated by the Vicar General Very Rev. Fr Walter Agbetoh and Very Rev. Fr Mawusi , the president of Ho diocesan priests Assocaition.Richard 

The Bishop in his homily called on the faithful to always follow the teachings of Christ to gain eternal life as Fr. John had taught us through his journey as a priest of God.

Fr. Adanfo's journey to the Sacred Priesthood of the Holy Roman Catholic Church started at the Preparatory Seminary at Dzelukofe in January 1958 after which he proceeded to the St. Teresa's Minor Seminary, Amisano for Secondary and Sixth Form. He later continued his education at St. Peter`s Regional Seminary, Pedu – Cape Coast in August 1966 where he was trained in Philosophical and Theological studies.

He was ordained as catholic Priest together with his nephew the former Cathedral Administrator of the then Keta-Ho Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Sylvester Mawusi on 16th July 1972 at Kpando by Bishop Anthony Konings of blessed memory.

Fr. John worked as a priest in the Catholic Church for 49 years - pastoring several parishes and serving in various positions in and outside the diocese.

Before he died, Fr. John worked at the following parishes; Sacred Heart Cathedral, Ho-Bankoe, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Dzodze, Nkonya Parish, St. Augustine's Parish Hohoe, and Immaculate Conception of Mary Catholic Church Kpando.

Fr Adanfo also taught at St. Mary's Minor Seminary in Lolobi and finally retired as Chaplain for Anfoega Catholic Hospital, Anfoega, in the Volta Region.

Rv. Fr. John Adanfo also practiced his ministry in the Roman Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Fr. Adanfo was also so much involved in developmental and peace building initiative projects in his hometown of Tafi-Atome.

The late priest was described by many as a Priest who was endowed with the charism of healing and deliverance.

 He also helped several people – the oppressed and those afflicted by evil spirits as well as those who had varied physical ailments. His healing ministry brought joy, satisfaction, relief and consolation to many in the Diocese and beyond.




The Nuncio's Visit To Ho Diocese in photos

The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana Visit Ho Diocese

The Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, His Excellency Most Rev. Henryk Miecezyslaw Jagodzinki, paid a three-day visit to Ho Diocese from 12th to 15th September 2021.

As part of his visit, he presided over the Thanksgiving Mass of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Congregation of Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church at Sokode Gbogame. In attendance were Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD, the bishop of Ho Diocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Edoe Kumodji, SVD, bishop of Keta-Akatsi Diocese and the Bishop Emeritus of Keta-Akatsi, Most Rev Anthony Kwame Adanuty. The superior general of SMMC Sr. Dr. Lucy Hometowu, the clergy and the religious from Ho Diocese and all over the country were present with a session of the lay faithful.

In his homily, His Excellency, Henryk Miecezyslaw Jagodzinki said “Religious life is a special vocation and privilege to follow Christ on the path of the evangelical counsels: chastity, obedience and poverty. Each congregation has its own particular charism, that is, a gift and tasks, which it is called to carry out in the community of the Church. As you know, the charism that a founder of a religious Congregation receives is practically reflected in the Constitutions of that Congregation”.

He also witnessed the official opening and the first matriculation ceremonies of Margret Marquart Catholic Nursing Training College at Kpando. He expressed his joy in being part of the historic events and commend the pioneers of this all-important project which aims at promoting the dignity of humankind. Under the theme “THE CHURCH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STAKEHOLDERS IN TRAINING HEALTH PROFESSIONALS” the principal of Margret Marquart Catholic Nursing Training College, Kpando (MMCNTC) in his speech said the respective mission and vision of their noble institution are geared towards training qualified health professionals who will be well equipped with the needed competencies to go out there and render the needed health services of our dear nation and beyond.

He continued to said quality healthcare is a by- product of quality and qualified health trainees, who is/are well prepared to confront the dynamic health needs of our people at all times. The future of health care delivery to the people of Ghana would be guaranteed if these selected few are well equipped with the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to be able to respond to the patients/client the legitimate medical and non-medical needs in a holistic manner.

Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, Catholic Bishop of Ho, Members of Convocation, Executive Secretary of CHAG, Director of NCHS, Representatives from various institutions, Torgbewo, Mamawo and other Akpini Traditional leaders, Staff of MMCNTC, Students, Parents, and the media were all present at this all-important function

At about 2:45 pm in the afternoon, he visited Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Kpando Agbenorxoe. In a short ceremony, he led the faithful through a short prayer at the feet of the St. Joseph statue. He later reflected on the life of St. Joseph as a tender and loving Father, an Obedient Father, an Accepting Father, a Creatively Courageous Father, a Working Father, a Father in Shadows, compassionate, caring, and loving father and called on the Catholic faithful to emulate him.

The Vicar General, Very Rev. Fr. Walter Agbetoh on behalf of the bishop, Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD presented to him a gift from the Diocese. There were other presentations from the Catholic Women Association and also from the Queen Mother of Kpando Agbenorxoe.

Rosary procession was made amidst the singing of Marian songs to the main grotto after which the Nuncio dedicated the Catholic Church in the Ho Diocese to the patronage of our Dear Mother Mary.

Later, on the same day, in the evening, he paid a courtesy call on the Bishop Emeritus of Ho Diocese, Most Rev. Francis Anani Kofi Lodonu where he interacted with the curia and some elderly priests during a dinner organized by the Host Bishop at the Bishop Emeritus’ residence at Bame.







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Ho Diocese is located in the Volta Region of Ghana and constitutes ten Administrative Districts, namely: Ho, Kpando and Hohoe municipal areas. Others include, North Dayi, South Dayi, Adaklu, Agortime-Ziope, Ho-West, Afadjato-South Districts and parts of Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region.  [Read More]

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