The SVD Ghana-Liberia Province

We are an international congregation of Catholic missionary priests and Brothers founded in 1875 by Arnold Janssen. We work primarily where the Gospel has not been preached at all or only insufficiently and where the local Church is not yet viable on its own.

In the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 16 Paul had a vision of a Macedonian who urged him in these words: “Come across to Macedonia and help us.”  That was the way in which the Holy Spirit inspired the early Christian Church to launch its missionary apostolate to Asia Minor and Europe.  The call for the SVD to go to the Gold Coast came in 1938 when the Society of the African Missions, the SMA, which had pioneered in bringing the Catholic faith to West Africa, sought help for its missionary work in the Gold Coast. At that time they were so overwhelmed with the task of the mission in this country that they were unable to develop the area surrounding the capital city of Accra. It was evident that Accra would become the center of government, of business and of industry. At that time in the whole area that later became the Accra Diocese there were only two residential mission stations.  Evangelization had only started in the Akim and Kwahu Districts, and the Church had hardly touched the Krobo and the Afram Plains. History Of SVD in Ghana >

SVD Ghana Ordinations 2020

  Priestly Ordination 2020: This year’s priestly ordination finally took place on October 24, 2020 at the St. Charles Lwanga Parish at Abeka in Accra amid strictly observed COVID-19 protocols. Most Rev. John Alphonse Asiedu, SVD, Bishop of the Apostolic Vicariate of Donkorkrom was the ordaining Bishop.The celebration was well-planned and celebrated with the participation of a good number of confreres, priests from various dioceses, religious, relatives and limited number of the faithful. The Provincial and his council are grateful to the Planning committees and the parish for their effort and organization. The newly ordained priests are currently on their holidays as they celebrate their various thanksgiving masses before they report to their communities on 23 November 2020. 


Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordination:Father Superior General has admitted the following confreres to the Profession of Perpetual Vows and Holy Orders: Fraters Aarah-Bapuah Vincent, SVD; Agyei Norbert, SVD; Glover Ramsey Gordon Mao, SVD; Anem Ondun Joseph, SVD (from CNG); Sossou Amétowoyona Déo, SVD (from TOG); Sen Joseph, SVD (from PNG). We congratulate all of them! 

The SVD Prayer

May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before
the light of the word and the spirit of grace.

And may the heart of Jesus live in the hearts of all.

St. Arnold Janssen

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