Ghana-Liberia Province Leadership for the 2020-2023 Triennium:
Provincial Superior: Rev. Fr. Cyprian Kuupol, SVD
Vice Provincial: Rev. Fr. Andrew Obeng, SVD
Admonitor: Br. Charles Eshun, SVD
Councilors: Rev. Fr. Jojo Monoth, SVD and Rev. Fr. Malek Dabroski, SVD
GHANA PROVINCE 2020-2023 TRIENNIUM
Accra DS Fr. Rex Vegbey
Tema-Battor DS Jojo George Monoth
Koforidua DS Dionisio Nellas
Afram Plains DS Alex Chandi
Brong Ahafo DS Stanislaus Gergont
Adoagyiri-Nsawam Praeses Alphonse Amanor
CFC Tamale Rector : Wladyslaw Madiar
St. Joseph Freinademetz House Praeses: Cyprian Kuupol
St. Arnold Janssen House, Tesano Mathias King
St. Peter’s SVD Community, Nkwatia Praeses: Daniel Lenwah
St. Paul’s SVD Community, Kukurantumi: Oswald Bangfo
McCarthy Hill Residence Praeses: Anthony Dugay
Guest House: Fred Timp
Government of the Society in General
In our Society there are three level of government and administration: the Society as a whole, provinces, and houses or districts.
Each of these levels, according to our proper law, is governed and administered with ordinary authority:
a) the Society as a whole by the superior general with his council operating from the Generalate in Rome.
b) the province by the provincial superior with his council operating from the provincialate of the respective province;
c) the house or district by the local superior with his council.
The superior general and the provincial superiors as well as their lawful substitutes rank as major superiors or ordinaries. Superiors and chapters possess ecclesiastical power of government both in the external and internal forum in accordance with universal law and our proper law.
By virtue of our vow we owe obedience to the Pope as highest ecclesiastical superior of the Society.
The extraordinary government of the Society is vested in chapters, which are the lawful representatives of the whole Society, of a province or of an individual community.
The Provincial Superior and His Council
The ordinary government of the province is the task of the provincial superior with his council. He is to administer its affairs and undertakings with prudence and discretion. Keeping in mind the overall goals of the Society, he strives by word and example to get all the members to work together zealously for the goals of the province.
He has authority over all communities and confreres of the province and over their work according to the prescriptions of law.
A provincial superior, who must be in perpetual vows at least five years, remains in office for a term of three years. He can, however, be reappointed or re-elected for a second term and, in exceptional cases and for grave reasons, for a third. He chooses his place of residence after consulting his council and having received the consent of the superior general.
Within the limits laid down by the constitutions and directory, the provincial superior can issue regulations for the whole province and for individual houses and departments.
The provincial superior has the right to grant dispensations for the whole province from the disciplinary prescriptions of the constitutions and directory. He has no right, however, to dispense from matters concerning which dispensations are not usually given in our Society or which affect an entire province permanently or for a longer period of time. In such cases, he should consult the superior general without delay.
An official visitation must be held at least once every three years by the provincial superior or by his delegate.
The provincial council normally consists of the vice-provincial superior and three other councillors, one of whom is the provincial admonitor.
In smaller provinces, it is enough to have two councillors. The superior general with the consent of his council decides the number.
The provincial superior and all councillors must be present and forward the results of their collegial vote to the superior general and his council for a decision in the following cases:
a) erection and suppression of houses and the acceptance and rejection of parishes in cases where it is beyond the competence of the provincial superior and his council to do so, i.e., when contracts cannot be made according to the stipulations of our proper laws;
b) recommendations of confreres for admission to perpetual vows and sacred orders and for their first appointment; proposal of the dismissal of a confrere in temporary or perpetual vows;
c) requests for prolonging or shortening in individual cases the period in temporary vows according to c 513.5;
d) approval of extraordinary expenditures which exceed the limits of competence of the provincial superior with his council.
e) all other affairs of greater importance which are to be taken up with the general administration or with civil or ecclesiastical authorities.
The provincial council has a deliberative vote and all must be present in the following cases:
a) regulations of the provincial superior for the whole province;
b) exercise of delegated or subdelegated faculties which a provincial superior possesses but which, according to the prescription of universal law, he cannot use without the consent of his council;
c) convocation of a provincial chapter, preparation of its agenda and the decision on where and when it is to be held;
d) combining smaller communities into voting units for the local chapter; fixing the quorum of members in perpetual vows from which a delegate to the provincial chapter is to be chosen;
e) erection and suppression of districts;
f) appointment of a visitator for the whole province if he is not a member of the council;
g) proposal of candidates, three if possible, for the posts of superiors, councilors and officials whose appointment is reserved to the superior general and his council; forwarding the resignation or requesting the removal of any of the above;
h) appointment or confirmation of all officials in the province whose appointment is not reserved to the superior general and council; appointment of local superiors, also the rector of a formation house, councillors (including vice-superiors and admonitors), the provincial treasurer, superior delegate the novice master, prefects of philosophers and theologians, prefects of brothers in temporary vows, provincial and interprovincial directors of brother formation, professors of our own formation institutions; removal of any of the above or acceptance of his resignation;
i) the decision on the number of local councillors;
j) admission to postulancy and novitiate, to temporary vows and to ministries; (for the dismissal of postulants and novices the consultative vote of the provincial council suffices);
k) approval of budgets and financial statements of local communities and of the province, except for acts of extraordinary administration which exceed the limits of competence of the provincial superior and his council;
l) approval of detailed building plans within the framework of the planning and construction budget approved by the superior general with the consent of his council;
m) transfer of assets from one local community to another after consultation with the respective local superiors and their councils.
n) transfer of the following members:
♦ retiring confreres returning to their country of origin;
♦ formators who are to work in another province or region within the same zone;
♦ confreres in temporary vows who are to go for cross-cultural experience in another province or region, country or zone;
In all of these cases, the sending provincial superior with the consent of his council makes the transfer after an agreement has been reached with the receiving provincial superior and his council.
o) acceptance and rejection of various fields of activity, parishes and other undertakings (see c. 630.2a)
The superior general is to be informed of the decisions made according to h), k), n) and o) above.