Brother Joseph Contessi in a group picture with some youth of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

REVEREND BROTHER Joseph Contessi, the Youth Chaplain in charge of St Francis of Assisi Catholic church has pledged his continued support for the youth.

He said he would use his long-term experience with the youth to help them plan their lives, both spiritually and physically.

Bro. Contessi popularly known among the youth as Brother Joe made these remarks at the 50th anniversary celebration of his vocation at the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Awoshie, recently.

Among Catholic priests and religious leaders who attended the anniversary include Provincial Superior of St. Anthony of Padua, Rev. Fr. Boitolino Maiestrello, Rev. Fr Marino Albani, priest in charge of St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, Awoshie, Monsignor Kwame Kumi representing Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, Bishop of Sunyani and  V. Rev. Fr. Matthew Kwaku Addai, Vicar General of Goaso.

Others were Reverend Fr. Charles Bruno Kabil, Fr. Acheampong, Fr Alkadio also known as Fr. Kwame Oppong Tsetseku, priest in charge, Sodom and Gomorrah, Fr. Emmanuel Acquaye, Fr. Martin De Pores and other  friars and reverend sisters.

Co-celebrating with Rev. Fr. Marino Albani, Rev. Fr. Boitolino Maiestrello, the provincial superior of St Anthony of Padua thanked Brother Joe for his good work over the years.

He urged him to continue to do his best for the youth.

“The Lord is always asking you to do new things, with the experience and knowledge you have acquired, you can still do more,” he said.

Bro. Contessi in an interview with the paper said: “I urge the youth not to get too much into materialism since it is very difficult to combine it with religion.”

“The youth should not be discouraged. They should look ahead and if they feel the Catholic Church can help them in anyway, they should not hesitate to contact the church,” he maintained.

Brother Joseph Contessi was born on March 6, 1941 in Italy.

He entered the minor seminary in September 1952 and had his final religious profession in October 1966.

He worked at the St Anthony Orphanage, Padua, Italy from 1964 to 1969.

He came to Ghana in 1977 and worked at the Christ the King Parish, Effiakuma-Takoradi from 1977 to 1987.

He then moved to Sunyani Penkuase to work with the Secret Heart Parish, gathering the youth from 1987 to 2010.

 By Linda Tenya

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