The Spiritans (Holy Ghost
Vocation and Postulancy in Ghana...
The population of Ghana is 18,900,000. About 38% of the total are Catholic.
Ghana has 18 Dioceses with 4 of them being Archdioceses.
Ghana has one Cardinal, 3 Archbishops, and 15 Bishops with one being an Auxiliary Bishop.
The Holy Ghost Fathers are operating in 8 Dioceses.
The area of Ghana is 92,100 square miles, or 238,537 square kilometers
SPIRITANS (HOLY GHOST FATHERS), VOCATION AND POSTULANCY IN GHANA.
Notice the yearly increase.
SOURCES OF VOCATION:
We recruit from the entire country, and are not restricted to a particular place or diocese.
1. We have two youth camps during the year, Christmas and Easter.
2. We have two retreat periods for our aspirants every year.
3. We have a three days of prayer and interviews to select candidates for the postulancy every year. It is always animated by a three member assessment team.
4. The vocations director visits schools and tries to work with diocesan chaplains of different institutions.
5. Our vocation team joins the diocesan vocation teams to organize vocation programs during the vocation week celebration.
6. The vocations director visits the aspirants who apply to join the congregation, and talk to their families.
Postulancy is a one year program designed for the young men to discern their vocation before they go to the Novitiate for their Spiritual Year. During this year they get the opportunity to learn more about the congregation, and we also get to know more about them. The statistics given did not count those who did not continue for the postulancy either by themselves or because they were not recommended.
Although we get the vocations, we lack the resources to train them. We therefore take as many as we can afford to train. Today our province pays between $4,000 and $6,000 a year for a student of Philosophy and Theology depending upon where they are studying.
Donations are most welcome. If you find it in your heart to support this postulancy, please send to:
P.O. Box 1185
Ghana, West Africa
Thank you and may God Bless you.
Fr. John Osei Yaw CSSp