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Profession of temporary vows of five novices of the Sisters of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ)

“God does not deny himself some of the Masterpieces of his creation…” – Bishop Matthew Gyamfi to his Priests and Religious

At the profession of temporary vows of five novices of the Sisters of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Nsoatre on Monday, August 21, 2022, the Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi in his homily brought to the attention of the priests, religious and the entire congregation gathered that; God does not deny himself some of the Masterpieces of his creation.

The Bishop begun by congratulating the five candidates. Reflecting on the Gospel text for the day, the Bishop asked all priests and religious to reflect on two questions – Did I choose to follow the Lord, or the Lord chose me to follow him? Whatever the answer is, priests and religious must analyze whether they are following the Lord on their own terms or on the terms defined by the Lord himself.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, many followed him for several reasons. Reflecting on some of the many followers in scripture, he asked priests and religious to reflect on which type of followers they are. Obviously, all of us are followers; but not all of us are in the inner circle. The kind of followers we become depends on us, the Bishop said.

To be faithful to the vocation of the priesthood or the religious life, we must follow Christ in a particular way and this demands of us a surrendering. Like the man in the Gospel reading, we must “sell” all that we have so that we can be in the inner circle.

Even though this rich man who had been asked by Jesus to go and sell all that he had went away, we must applaud him for one thing – his sincerity. At least, he was better than Ananias and Saphira in the Acts of the Apostles. Religious and priests must therefore be sincere in their response to the call of God. When we are not sincere, we do not lie to men; but to God.

Concluding his homily, Bishop Matthew advised the candidates to perform their religious tasks with meekness and faithfulness.

The five newly professed sisters are Rebecca Mawuse Kpeh, Vera Tina Woelinam Tay, Helena Agyeiwaa, Purity Misanya Masinde and Patricia Mmboga.