Wednesday, December 14, 2011
DIVERSITY IN MY PARISH KICKED UP A NOTCH!
Fr. Godfred Boachie-Yiadom was born on July 17, 1960 in Ghana, West Africa, and was ordained a priest on July 29, 1995 for the Catholic Diocese of Obuasi in Ghana. He served as a Pastoral Associate at the St. Thomas Cathedral, Obuasi, the Diocesan Director of Vocations, the Diocesan Youth Chaplain and the Diocesan Chaplain for the Knights and Ladies of Marshall. From 1998-2001, Fr. Godfred was a resident priest at the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, Cincinnati, assisting in pastoral ministry and teaching religious education at the parish school while he took classes at the Athenaeum of Ohio. From 2001 to 2008, he taught Scriptures and spiritual theology at the St. Paul Catholic Seminary, Accra, and at the Kumasi Archdiocesan Lay Theological Institute.
Father has been back in the United States on sabbatical and study leave since 2008, helping at Our Lord Christ the King Church, Cincinnati, and at St. Benedict Church, Dayton, while working on his Doctoral Program at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. He currently holds Masters Degrees in Biblical Studies and in Systematic Theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio. "I must say I am very much happy and excited about my new pastoral assignment and anxiously look forward to be part of the St. Joseph parish family at Macon."
In front of him (in the shadows) is his new pastor, yours truly, Father Allan Joseph John (Sainati)MacDonald.
My father was from Judique, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. My mother Isolina Clara Sainati-MacDonald is from Livorno,Italy and I was born in Napoli. We came over to the USA as a family in the summer of 1957 when I was three years old.
We three priests of orient are, now living in the heart of Georgia with its unique take on English and its own wonderful culture.
But how much cultural diversity can we three priests take in the holy rectory and how much can our parishioners take not all of whom are southern, but many from Asia, Africa and Europe not to mention the Middle East?
Oh the joy of being Catholic!