Christ the King Anglican Church (CTK) in Sakumono at the weekend donated assorted items to the St Nicholas Seminary as part of the Parish’s support to the training institution.
The items comprised assorted food items including; bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, canned tomatoes paste amongst others.
The rest were; books, elements for Eucharistic service, 15 mattresses and 50 cushioned-metallic chairs provided by the Mothers’ Union of the Parish.
The donation, which formed part of activities commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Parish last year, was also an act of Christian charity, meant to support the upkeep of the seminarians and to enhance their academic work.
Making the presentation at a brief ceremony in Cape Coast, Reverend Canon Patrick Okaija-Bortier, Parish Priest of the CTK, who led a delegation of Parochial Church Councillors (PCC) and representatives of various guilds in the Parish, called on the seminarians to take full advantage of the opportunities the institution had to offer.
This, he stated was non-negotiable and said “in spite of the challenges you may likely encounter, albeit surmountable, it is important to strive steadfastly to make the best of your stay”.
Canon Okaija-Bortier who is an alumni of the seminary further encouraged them to stand firm by their faith and take their academic and spiritual formation seriously as that would be required in their leadership of the flock.
He said Christians, by their faith and the call of Christ, were enjoined to give through charitable acts, calling on other individuals and parishes to replicate the gesture by supporting the training institution.
Dr Bernard Grant Monney, Chairman of the Anniversary Planning Committee of the Church said as part of activities to climax the silver jubilee of the Parish, it became essential to perform an act of Christian charity. “Almost invariably, the St. Nicholas Seminary had been forgotten, and there is need to support this very institution which trains our priests”, he said.
He indicated that it was appropriate for Christians to demonstrate the love of Christ, and commended various guilds and individual parishioners for their diverse contributions to the church for charity.
The Very Rev Dr Emmanuel Isaac Kpakpo Addo, Dean of the Seminary, said the institution, which was established about four decades ago was the most active Anglican Seminary in the Province, running diploma and degree programmes.
According to him, in spite of the excellent theological education and ministerial formation it provided for Ordinands throughout the Province, it was financially constrained. “We still depend on various dioceses to finance the institution through their postulants who enrol, without any subvention from outside the Seminary” he added.
While expressing optimism that the items would help alleviate their plight, the Dean thanked the Parish for the kind gesture and called on others to do likewise.