“My almighty, my ancient help, my way maker, my redeemer all my thanks and praise belongs to You.” Newly ordained Fr Antony Buaful OSB of Ghana sang his thanks and praise at Our Lady of Exile Abbey Church, Mt St Benedict, last Thursday, September 10.
Fr Buaful was to be ordained July 19 in Ghana but the closure of borders with the COVID-19 pandemic caused postponement. Following the advice from the Archbishop in Ghana, the Prior of the Kristo Buase Monastery asked permission for the rite to take place in Trinidad. The Ordination Mass was livestreamed on Facebook with ten persons present in keeping with the COVID restrictions.
Fr Buaful sang in Twi, a language used in the southern and central Ghana and spoke briefly in his native tongue. In English, he told his family he knew it was a day of “tears of joy and mourning” because they were also mourning an aunt who died. He thanked Almighty God for allowing him to serve in His vineyard and giving him the grace to be an instrument for His work.