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Reflections, Announcements, News, Thoughts…the Pastor's RANT

A New Chapter in our Parish History Begins…
Welcome to our New Priests!

Getting to Know…
Fr. Edmund Kofi Afagbegee, SVD
Parish Administrator

I was born on August 9, 1957 in Accra, Ghana to Mr. William Quarshie Afagbegee and Petrina Sosu, both now deceased. I was raised by both parents together with six other siblings, three boys and three girls. I am the third born of the family. My father was a Ghanaian and my mother was a Togolese. However, I am a Ghanaian by nationality and Ewe by tribe. I hail from the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. Ghana is a small country located on the Atlantic coast of Africa.

After my primary, middle and secondary school education in Accra, I entered St. Victor’s Major Seminary in 1977 to begin my religious and priestly formation. Even though St. Victor’s Major Seminary is a diocesan institution, I entered as a candidate for the Divine Word Missionaries. I had three years of philosophy and upon successful completion of my studies in philosophy, I entered the Divine Word Novitiate at Nkwetia-Kwahu in September 1980. The novitiate program was a one year program and its primary purpose was to introduce me to Religious life in general and particularly to the life and spirituality of the members of congregation of the Divine Word Missionaries. The congregation of the Divine Word Missionaries is an international religious missionary congregation working in over sixty countries worldwide. As a candidate for the priesthood, I was offered the opportunity do pastoral ministry in different parishes whenever the seminary was on recess. However, after three years of theology, I took a whole year out in 1984/85 for a prolonged period of ministry under close supervision. I made my final vows profession in 1985 and returned to the seminary for my final year. On July 20, 1986 I was ordained to the priesthood in Accra.

My first mission assignment was to Kenya. I left the shores of Ghana for our mission in Kenya in September 1986 to begin ministry as a young missionary. When I arrived in Kenya, my first challenge was to learn the local Swahili language spoken in East Africa. I worked in Kenya as a missionary for eleven years. While in Kenya, I had the opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree program in Formation and Spirituality in the United States of America from 1991 to 1993. I did my graduate studies at the University of Duquesne in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1993 I returned to Kenya to begin our formation program with six young men. Later I took up a teaching appointment at a pastoral institute called Gaba in Eldoret, Kenya. I taught Spirituality there for three years before finally returning to Ghana in October 1997. When I returned to Ghana I was appointed as the national vocation director for the Divine Word Missionaries. After working in the vocation office for four years, in 2002 I was appointed to one of our formation houses in Tamale as prefect of Scholastics. Then in 2007 I was granted permission to take a year sabbatical in the United States. I arrived in Berkeley, CA in January 2007 and followed a year sabbatical program at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. Upon completion of the sabbatical program I asked for transfer from the Ghana province to the Western province to do ministry.

In 2011 I went to Cochabamba in Bolivia for three months to study Spanish. I still have a lot to do in terms of practicing my Spanish. And look forward to improving my Spanish as time goes on.

Next Week...

Getting to Know…
Fr. Mario Olea, SVD
Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor)

A Short Note of Gratitude from Fr. Pat

There is no way to adequately express my gratitude for the wonderful farewell celebration last weekend (let alone these past ten years!). Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, love, and generosity to me. You are forever members of my family. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and I ask for the same.

With love in Christ, Fr. Pat

P.S. Please think of me when you see the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl!

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Sunday Contribution
Sunday, June 28:$20,888.50
Building Fund:$5,793.00
Total:$26,681.50
Attendance:4,936

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Announcements

Basic Catechist Formation Course

Tuesday evenings 6:00-9:00pm, May 26-Aug 11, with a few Saturday classes as well

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Grupo de consolación

14 de abril a través de 07 de julio, 7:30-9:00pm

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Registration for Confirmation Classes is now OPEN!

Registration will be open online through Fri, Jul 31, but please register ASAP and help to spread the word, as your prompt enrollment helps greatly with planning.

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Summer Schedule for Youth Ministry

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm, June through August

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Events
JUL 2

Father Robert Barron's UNTOLD BLESSING: Three Paths to Holiness

Thursdays, Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug 6, 13
6:00-7:30pm in the Parish Hall

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JUL 7

Summer Bible Study: God in the Movies

Tuesdays in July 9:00-10:15am beginning Tue, Jul 7

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JUL 18

Explorer Day: Learn about the Priesthood

at St. Francis Center on the campus of the University of San Diego

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AUG 30

Annual Parish Picnic

SEP 19

16th Annual Golf Classic

OCT 3

Corpus Christi Friendship Tea