Eschew acts of immorality, guard against fleshy pleasures – Palmer-Buckle to young adults

Education Palmer Buckle Technology
Education Palmer Buckle Technology

Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Cape Coast Catholic Archdiocese, has urged young adults to spend time and study each other well before entering marriage.

He, however, asked them to eschew acts of immorality and guard themselves against fleshy pleasures and desires that could ruin their lives and future aspirations, as they under-studied each other.

“You must go closer to each other. Try and join the choir so that you may know each other well, but endeavour to guard against the lust of the flesh, and the fleshy pleasures of this world which war against the spirit, as you do so”, he said.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle gave the advice when he addressed students and lecturers at the Catholic University of Ghana as the official celebrant of a thanksgiving holy mass held at the University’s main campus at Fiapre, near Sunyani.

The Eucharistic celebration was held by the University to thank God for attaining a Presidential Charter to become an autonomous academic institution of higher studies.

“Try as much as possible to remain disciplined too, and live godly lives by bearing the fruit of the spirit,” Archbishop Palmer-Buckle stated, saying “it’s only those who strive hard who can achieve something worthy in life.”

He said the true form of Catholic education was the one anchored on holiness and godly virtues, and asked the students to make righteous living and discipline a hallmark, loved each other and walked in accordance with biblical principles and sound doctrines for Christ to be formed in them.

Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, the Catholic Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese, led the service to pray for the University community, the nation and the church.

Professor Daniel Obeng-Ofori, the Vice-Chancellor of the CUG expressed appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the Charter, and added the University would work hard to improve the condition of service of staff, upgrade its ICT infrastructure to integrate it into governance and administrative set-up, establish University clinic and a Police Post.

“We will further strengthen internal moderation of examination questions, rehabilitate hostels, complete buildings along hostel lane, establish canteen for staff and complete disability access”, he added.

Established on May 3, 2003, and officially inaugurated by former President John Agyekum Kufuor in November that year, the University started to experience low student enrolment from 2014/2015/2016 academic years due to ferocious academic competition from both public and private universities.

The CUG however, came out with a robust strategic plan, including a six-year (2019-2024) Corporate Strategic Plan, meant to address strategic imperatives that the university needs to focus attention on to ensure not only its survival, but its unique contribution and identity within the institutions of higher education in the country.

Currently, the CUG has seven faculties and schools, including faculty of economics and business administration, faculty of computing, mathematical and engineering sciences, faculty of education, school of nursing and midwifery, school of public health and allied sciences, faculty of religions and social sciences and school of graduate studies.

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