Family and Laity

Director: Rev. Fr. Peter Kwame Yeboah
Date of Ordination: 8th December 2001
Offices: Rector, Our Lady of Calvary Grotto
Director: Catechetics
Chairman, Diocesan Communication Team
Contact: 0208227016/0273353231
Address: P. O. Box 251, Techiman
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Christ’s faithful are those who, since they are incorporated into Christ through baptism, are constituted the people of God. For this reason they participate in their own way in the priestly, prophetic and kingly office of Christ. They are called, each according to his or her particular condition, to exercise the mission which God entrusted to the Church to fulfill in the world (CIC 204 §1)

The lay faithful are among the agents of evangelization. As individuals or in associations, they are to strive hard so that “the divine message of salvation may be known and accepted by all people throughout the world”, especially in those circumstances in which the Gospel, because of their secular nature, can effectively be spread only through them (Redemptoris Missio [RM] # 71). These circumstances are very extensive and include marriage, family and professional life, and the complicated world of politics, society and economics at the local, national and international levels. They also require “various types of services, functions, ministries and ways of promoting the Christian life” (ibid).
Among other recommendations, the Decree called for the establishment of Laity Councils in the Church in the following words, "In Dioceses as far as is possible, Laity Councils should be set up to assist the Church s apostolic work in the field of evangelization, sanctification, charity and social relations, etc. These Councils should also take care of the 'coordination of the activities of the various lay associations and societies. Such important Councils should be established at Parish, Diocesan and National levels and at the Holy See, a special Secretariat for the service and promotion of the lay apostolate should be established" (A. A. no. 26).
The membership of the Diocesan Laity Council is made up of Laity Chairpersons and Secretaries of all parishes, Diocesan Presidents of all Lay Associations, Representatives from Techiman Diocesan Youth Council (TECDYC), Representatives from Techiman Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (Women Council).
Every Laity Council exists for the education, formation and welfare of the lay members of the Church.

With this background:
• It is the vision of the Diocese that the lay faithful mature and become responsible Catholic laity, “a laity worthy of the name and working along with the hierarchy” to enable the Diocese to become “really founded”, “fully alive” and serve as “a perfect sign of Christ among men” (AG # 21).
• To this end, the Diocesan Laity Council will be strengthened and resourced to coordinate laity formation program, in collaboration with the Diocesan Pastoral Centre and in accordance with the Church’s teaching as stipulated in the ‘Apostolicam Actuositatem’, ‘Christifideles Laici’ and ‘Redemptoris Missio’ documents.
• An essential component in the laity formation programmes will target the “non-aligned” lay faithful and encourage them to join societies and ministries in their parishes. The Diocesan Laity Council will also have an oversight responsibility for Diocesan Youth and Women Councils and possibly a Men Council.
• Regarding the youth apostolate, emphasis will be placed on:
o The establishment of youth groups and movements in parishes and schools, taking into account age and corresponding type of formation. All young persons will be encouraged to join one or two youth organizations at a time.
o Mandatory budget provisions for youth formation programmes in every parish.
o Strengthening the Diocesan and Parish Youth Councils to;
 Coordinate the activities of youth groups, and
 Ensure holistic youth formation programmes for all categories of youth within the framework of diocesan policies and guidelines from the Ghana National Catholic Youth Council (GHANCYC) and the Youth Department of the National Catholic Secretariat.

Council for Women

Spiritual Director: Very Rev. Fr. Francis Kwame Anane Yeboah
Date of Ordination: 5th December 1998
Offices: Cathedral Administrator, Techiman
Contact: 0209314709/ 0261254315
Address: P. O. Box 251, Techiman
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There will be women empowerment programmes aimed to overcome socio-cultural and attitudinal problems on the dignity and vocation of women. In collaboration with the Diocesan Commission on Social Development, Justice and Peace, this programme will promote the incorporation of women’s empowerment and their dignity, role and vocation in accordance with the Gospel and the Church’s teaching in the formation activities of women groups and the Diocesan Women’s Council.