On Friday 22nd May 2020, the Bishop of Koforidua Diocese Most Rev Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum cut the tape to open an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), State-of-the-art Medical Laboratory and an electronic regulated Accident and Emergency Department at the St Dominic, Akwatia.  These projects were constructed as commemorative edifices to mark the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hospital.

 In his speech, the Administrator of the Hospital Rev. Fr Ebenezer Kenneth Abban said the realisation of the projects is an indication of the Management’s commitment to quality healthcare delivery to the clients of the facility within the Denkyembour District of the Eastern Region and beyond. With the accomplishment of these projects, the Hospital seems to demonstrate aptness in practical projection of its vision statement: “a health service that is best in meeting patients’ needs and expectation”. This was echoed in the welcome address when the Medical Director, Dr Maite Alfonso Romero, emphatically said that “St Dominic Hospital truly aims to make healthcare delivery more proactive, integrated and endearing for both our patients and the staff population at all time”. She further described the projects as “timely and appropriate”. In all, a total amount of GHS 684,955.73 went into the construction and furnishing of the three projects.

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Trust in God’s Guidance in Governance! - Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum urges the President

The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo and his entourage attended Mass in Koforidua on October 13, 2019. On arrival, he received a rousing welcome from Parishioners and party faithful before joining the parishioners of the St. George Catholic Cathedral Church for Mass.

In his homily, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Catholic Bishop of Koforidua,  entreated Nana Akufo-Addo and his ministers to continue to seek and trust God's guidance in governance.

The Prelate of Koforidua Diocese again mentioned that the President after assumption into power demonstrated his trust in God by organizing the National Thanksgiving Service and urged him to continue in that path." He reminded the President “a few years back when you were seeking the mandate of Ghanaians to vote for you,you always attributed your efforts as ‘ the battle is the Lord's’”  He reiterated,  “very often we as human beings forget about the people we rely on and also  forget that it was God's assistance we sought."

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Each year the health departments of Accra Archdiocese and Koforidua Diocese hold a joint programme to launch the World Day of the sick in a selected health facility. This year, St Martin de Porres Hospital at Agomanya, Odumase- Krobo in the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua was chosen for the joint launching of the 27th World Day of the sick. The theme for the celebration as given by the Pope, was ‘you received without payment, give without payment’’ (Matt. 10:8). This occasion also marked the blessing and commissioning of a newly built Sixty Beds Maternity Complex Unit sponsored by Kindermissionswerk of Germany through the initiative of the Sisters of Handmaid of the Divine Redeemer.


Addressing to a gathering of health workers, chaplains and administrators, drawn from all catholic health facilities within Accra and Koforidua Dioceses and other invited guests, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum, the Bishop of Koforidua said ‘caring for the sick requires professionalism. tenderness, straightforward and simple gestures freely given… that make others feel loved’ as stated in the Pope’s message of 2019 World day for the sick.  The Chief-Shepherd of Koforidua also urged health workers to keep information about their clients confidential. The Bishop paid tribute to the Kindermissionswerk for sponsoring the construction of the Mother and Baby Unit of the St Martin’s de Porres Hospital and advised that it should be well maintained.

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Current Transfers And Appointments Of Priests





Rev. Fr. Yeboah K. James

St. Francis of Assisi Parish , New Tafo

St. Andrew Parish , Akyem Swedru

Rev. Fr. Boafo Nawo Francis


St. Theresa Quasi Parish, Kwahu Praso

St. Theresa Parish, Suhum


Rev. Fr. Arthur K. Frank


St. Michael Parish, Nkawkaw

St. John the Baptist Parish, Ofoase

Rev. Fr. Agblevor Emmanuel Callixtus

Holy trinity Parish , Agomanya

St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New Tafo

Rev. Fr. Kokobealowe Bismark Innocent


St. Andrew Parish, Akim Swedru

Holy Trinity Parish, Agomanya

Rev. Fr. Ettuah Kenneth  


St. Theresa Parish , Suhum

St. Theresa Quasi Parish, Kwahu Praso

Rev. Fr. Awuah Ansah Michael  


National Catholic Secretariat

Christ The King Quasi Parish, Pepease Kwahu

Rev. Fr. Padi Teye Martin,




Holy Family Quasi Parish, Doboro.

Rev. Fr. Bright K. Agyepong

St. Michael Parish, Nkawkaw

St. Peter Parish, Somanya

Rev. Fr. Richmond Danso Sintim

St. Joseph Orthopaedic Hospital

St. Joseph the Worker quasi Parish, Asokore

Rev. Fr. Raphael Nimoh Appiah

St. Peter Parish, Somanya

St. Michael Parish, Nkawkaw

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ofori Adamptey

St. Joseph the Worker quasi Parish, Asokore

St. Joseph Orthopaedic Hospital

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Omane

St. John the Baptist Parish, Ofoase

St. Michael Parish, Nkawkaw




Jubilee Choral Competition

As part of the Diocesan Silver Jubilee Celebrations a choral competition was organised during which the competing choirs sang two songs on stage. The first song, the Jubilee Anthem specially composed by Mrs. Elizabeth Sasu for the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Diocese, and the second an optional song.  

This singing was first held in the five Deaneries of the Diocese. Those who took the first position in the respective Deaneries represented their Deaneries on the Diocesan level. The grand finale of the Silver Jubilee Choral Competition was held on Saturday 23rd September, 2017 at the Cathedral Parish hall. In all five choirs participated.

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Reverends Johnson Asigbey, Samuel Akrofi Dongotey were ordained on August 11, 2018 into the ministerial priesthood by Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum for the Koforidua Diocese.

The well-attended ordination Mass took place at the St. Dominic Catholic Church, Adweso-Koforidua.

In a homily, the Bishop expressed appreciation to the families, Parish Priests, Formators and all who played special roles in the formation process of the ordinandi.

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Bishop's Meeting

Bishop's Meeting With Pastoral Leaders On The Need To Work Towards A Self-Reliant Church

On Thursday 11th May, Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah Agyekum and his curia held a forum with all Priests, Chairpersons of Parish Pastoral Councils (PPC), Parish Finance Committees Chairmen and Secretaries to the PCC from all Parishes and Quasi-Parishes within Koforidua Diocese. The Chief-Shepherd met these pastoral leaders to discuss the finances of the diocese and the need to strategize and work harder towards a self-reliant diocese.

In his welcome address, the Vicar General Msgr. Francis Twum Barimah, on behalf of the Bishop thanked the participants for responding to the invitation of the Bishop to attend the meeting. He encouraged them to take active part in the discussion so that rich ideas could be harnessed which will help in consensus building and decision making.

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Ordination Of A Priest And Six Deacons

Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah- Agyekum , Catholic Bishop of Koforidua has ordained a Priest and six Deacons for the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua. The event took place on Saturday , 14th January , 2017 at the St. George Cathedral, Koforidua. They are in the persons of:

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Omane
Rev. Emmanuel Boateng
Rev. James Kwasi Yeboah
Rev. Innocent Bismark Kokobealowe Mensah
Rev. Callixtus Emmanuel Agblevor
Rev. Kenneth Ettuah
Rev. Frank Arthur

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Mrs. Gladys Okrah Agyekum

Mrs. Gladys Okrah Agyekum ( Mother Of Most Rev. Joseph Afrifah Agyekum) Goes Home
The mother of  Most. Rev. Joseph Afrifah -Agyekum was laid to rest on the 11th November, 2106 at Akyem Swedru. The main celebrant for the Mass was his Lordship Most. Rev. Joseph Afrifah -Agyekum. The Mass was con-celebrated by ten Bishops ( Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle, Peter Atuahene, Gabriel

Justice Anokye e. al ) and a colossal number of Priest  and religious from all over  the country.

she was 92 years. 



Sr. Claudette, SSpS @ 83

Sr. Claudette Jacqueline Florence Burkel, SSpS is 83 years old has spent about 46 years in Ghana working tirelessly for both the Church and the Nation. Sr. Claudette served in the Prisons, and Schools and currently serving the inmates of Koforidua Prisons. 

Catholic Diocese of Koforidua prays for good health, grace and blessing and may the Merciful Father offer you all that you desire.


Happy birth day Sr. Claudette.

XLIX World Day of Peace

XLIX WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2016; Overcome Indifference and Win Peace
1. God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! At the beginning of the New Year, I would like to share not only this profound conviction but also my cordial good wishes for prosperity, peace and the fulfilment of the hopes of every man and every woman, every family, people and nation throughout the world, including all Heads of State and Government and all religious leaders. We continue to trust that 2016 will see us all firmly and confidently engaged, on different levels, in the pursuit of justice and peace. Peace is both God’s gift and a human achievement. As a gift of God, it is entrusted to all men and women, who are called to attain it.

Maintaining our reasons for hope
2. Sadly, war and terrorism, accompanied by kidnapping, ethnic or religious persecution and the misuse of power, marked the past year from start to finish. In many parts of the world, these have became so common as to constitute a real “third world war fought piecemeal”. Yet some events of the year now ending inspire me, in looking ahead to the new year, to encourage everyone not to lose hope in our human ability to conquer evil and to combat resignation and indifference. They demonstrate our capacity to show solidarity and to rise above self-interest, apathy and indifference in the face of critical situations.

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