Father Seth Owusu – Ghana

A LITTLE ABOUT RATHER SETH NANA OWUSU… Fr. Owusu was born July 19, 1969, second and last to my parents, and a sister with four children. We belong to the extended family system and so our family may seem quite large unless with an explanation.

I received my vocation strangely through a church elder who proposed and recommended me to the parish priest without me knowing it till I was once asked to go to the main parish for an entrance exam to the seminary. I innocently went to sit for the exams and eventually passed. My local church shouldered the responsibility to foot my bills and fees till I completed. I was ordained on December 8, 2001. My pastoral assignments: Diocesan Youth Chaplain/Parochial Vicar 2001-2005; Parochial Vicar 2005-2008; Parish Priest 2008-2010; Tutor/Chaplain 2010-2015; Parish Priest 2015-1018.

This, in brief, is Fr. Seth, an open-hearted and selfless priest. Very simple and modest. Always looking cheerful and more concerned about people. Indeed very sacrificing. I know my people will not regret having me. Thanks so much for now.

God bless you. Fr. Seth

Fr. Owusu – Ghana

We’ll soon meet Father Owusu who is coming to us from Ghana, West Africa. In preparation, here are some things to know about his home country of Ghana… This country is located on the West African gulf coast of Guinea on the Atlantic Ocean.320px-Música_y_Danza_Ghanéses_–_Cultura_de_Ghana_(Ghanaian_Music_and_Dance_–_Culture_of_Ghana) The official language of Ghana is English but they also speak many “national” languages. Their government is a constitutional republic much like the US with a president and vice-president. The country is divided into 10 administrative regions, which would be similar to our US States with each region having its own capital. Ghana’s geography and ecology range from coastal savannahs to tropical rainforests.Ghana_on_the_globe_(Africa_centered).svg In the 1900s, Ghana’s borders were established as the British Gold Coast. It became independent of the United Kingdom in 1957.

Over 67% of the population is Christian (13% are Catholic). 23% are Muslim. Over 95% of Ghana’s children attend school and there are 8 national public universities.

Ghana is a poor country, with almost 1/4 of the population living in poverty. Almost half their labor force is employed in agriculture. Cacao is their most important cash crop. They also grow rice, cassava, peanuts, corn, and bananas. Ghana also mines gold, bauxite, aluminum, and diamonds. They have increased their oil production in recent years.

Ghanaians take life in a relaxed manner. One of their common phrases is “take time” – in other words, no need to rush! Ghana is hot and humid all year round, so Father is going to “enjoy” winter in Iowa!

We are excited to meet Father Owusu, welcome him to our parishes and learn much about our fellow Catholics who live halfway around the world!

 

Father Says Goodbye

This will be my last bulletin column and I would like to take this time to express my deepest gratitude to you for eight of the most rewarding and challenging years in my priesthood. I think that I have done more classroom time teaching than ever before with Theology of the Body for Teens and presenting “A Family of Faith” program to our R.E. Families. Thank you MaryLou Goettsch for your guidance over the years.

I would like to sincerely thank those who have willingly served on the different committees and councils. I was impressed to see an active Adult Faith Committee and a High School Religious Education program. The generosity that families have shown the parishes is amazing. Just think of the Capitol Campaign several years back, both St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s each pledged almost 200% over goal. The strength of the Knights of Columbus with their Golf Tournament shows the dedication the Knights have to help others. It was a dream of mine to have our young people attend N.C.Y.C over the last couple of years.

I want to say thank you to the Jane True, our secretary/bookkeeper, for her dedication to the parish. She has kept me on task at times and has provided important service when it comes to getting information to the Diocese. Jane’s friendship and encouragement even pushed me to have a meeting or two. “Father you have to have a meeting!”

The past eight years have been one of building on a good foundation established by previous pastors assigned to St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s. It is my prayer for all parishioners that you will draw strength from the Holy Mass and the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. The grace that God offers through the all the sacraments can overcome all the difficulties that happen in parish and family life. Remember, God cannot be outdone in generosity. The more we offer our lives to the Lord, the more He showers down blessings on our parish, our families and our lives.

I pray that the Lord’s blessings will come upon these parishes in abundance as you welcome Fr. Owusu. May the message of Christ’s love be lived out in your home.

Thank you, and God Bless, Father Dooley