New Bishop for Ho Diocese
REVEREND Fr. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu has been appointed as the new Bishop of Ho.
He replaces Most Rev Francis Anani Kofi Lodonu.
Until his appointment as Bishop, Rev. Fr. Fianu, was the Secretary-General of the Council of the Divine Word Fathers (SVD) in Rome.
The announcement of his appointment yesterday marked exactly 30 years of his priestly ordination, as he was ordained priest on July 14, 1985, at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra by the late Most Rev Dominic Andoh.
He was assigned as an Assistant Parish Priest at the St Joseph Catholic Church, Kate, Togo where he did his pastoral work and teacher of Religion, Social Ethics and English at the College d’Enseignement General in Kante.
Born on June 14, 1957, Rev Fr Fianu after his secondary education, entered the St. Victor’s Major Seminary in Tamale in 1976 for his philosophical and theological formation until 1979 when he entered the SVD Noviate at NKwatia Kwahu.
Since ordination, Rev Fr Fianu has played the following academic and pastoral roles among others. Between 1994-1996: Admonitor of the SVD District in Lome, professor of Biblical Studies at St. Jean Paul II Seminaire and at the Institut St. Paul in Lome and Secretary of the Commission for the liturgical publications Ghana-Togo; 1996-1998: Director of the Divine Word College in Rome; 1998-2000: Admonitor of the Divine Word College in Rome; 2000-2004: Rector of the College of the Divine Word in Rome, professor and formator at St. Victor’s Major Seminary in Tamale; 2001-2003: Secretary for the formation of the SVD Provinces Africa-Madagascar; 2004-2006: Co-ordinator for the AFRAM area based in Accra; since 2006: Secretary of the General Council of his Congregation.
History of Ho Diocese
The Diocese of Ho, erected in 1994, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Accra, has a population of 658,845 inhabitants, of whom 200,670 are Catholics.
There are 28 parishes, 82 priests (78 diocesan and four religious), 11 religious brothers, 81 nuns and 19 seminarians.