Ghanaian Schools Mark 70 Years

March 7, 2016

SHCJ in Ghana

Last week we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the schools Holy Child School, Cape Coast and Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi, which were founded by the SHCJ.

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The celebration began with a Mass presided over by the Archbishop of Cape Coast Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Matthias Kobena Nketsiah, with two Monsignori and three other priests con-celebrating. Among the priests were the chaplains of the Holy Child School, Cape Coast (Rev. Fr. Atta Baidoo George), and the Holy Child College of Education, Takoradi. The Monsignori are Very Rev. Martin Essilfie, the Assistant Chaplain of the University of Cape Coast and Very Rev. James Robert Myers, while the third priest is a lecturer at the Saint Peter’s Regional Seminary, Cape Coast.

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The students, alumnae, teachers and past headmistresses of both schools were present at the Mass. Among the attendees were two outstanding past headmistresses of the Holy Child School, Cape Coast, namely, Rev. Sr. Michelle Puma SHCJ who is the only surviving expatriate headmistresses and Mrs. Alice Agyeman, who was the longest staying headmistress; she had headed the school for twenty-three years. Sr. Michelle had come from the USA to participate in the celebration. Everyone present was very happy that Sr. Michelle was able to attend the program.

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Sisters of the SHCJ were joined at the celebration by their contemporaries from other Congregations including the Sisters of the Society of the Infant Jesus (SIJ) and the Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA).

The headmistress of the Holy Child School, Cape Coast, Rev. Sr. Josephine Anto SHCJ thanked all who were present at the Mass and noted that the Holy Child School, Cape Coast, was the only SHCJ founded school in Africa that has maintained the SHCJ presence from the beginning in 1946. She explained that at any point in time, since 1946, there has always been an SHCJ on the staff of the school.

After the Mass, everyone was treated to a sumptuous meal in the school hall.