Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, SVD Catholic Bishop of the diocese of Ho Ghana, was elected the vice president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference at the Annual Plenary Assembly, which is currently underway in the Donkorkrom Vicariate being held on the theme “A synodal church: communion, participation, and mission in the context of the new evangelization.”
He takes over from Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle of the Cape Coast Archdiocese. Bishop Emmanuel Fianu,SVD is the first Ghanaian SVD Bishop to take up this position.
Profile of Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, SVD
Most Rev. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu hails from Tegbi in the Anlo District, Volta Region of Ghana. He holds Doctoral Studies in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. After his doctoral studies, he was assigned to the SVD Ghana Province to teach Biblical Science and Languages at the St. Victor’s Major Seminary, Tamale. He was a member of the SVD Provincial Biblical Pastoral Ministry Team (2000-2006), SVD Coordinator for Formation in Africa and Madagascar (2001-2003), SVD Zonal Coordinator for Africa-Madagascar Zone (2003-2007). In December 2006 he was appointed Secretary General of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) with office in Rome, Italy. In June 2016 he obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Religious Administration from the Institute of the Congregation for Institutes of Religious Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Rome, Italy.
On 14th July 2015 he was elected Bishop of Ho Diocese. On 20th April 2016, he was appointed by Pope Francis the Apostolic Administrator, Keta-Akatsi Diocese. In 2016 he was appointed the Chairman of the Volta Regional Media Advisory Committee. In October 2016 he was elected Episcopal Chairman for Health and Episcopal Co-Chairman for Laity of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference. On 22nd October 2018 he was appointed by Pope Francis the Apostolic Visitator of the Diocese of Kpalime, Togo.
In the same Annual Plenary Assembly. Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese was elected the president of the Ghana Catholic Bishop Conference.
We wish our dear bishops the best of luck and God’s Blessing. Ayekoo