Final Vows of Fr. Edmund Agorhom, SJ
Two white buses drove into the Holy Cross Brothers parking lot. One of the coaches brought students of Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) College of Education, Cape Coast, Ghana. The other bus had the boys’ choir from St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast. Fr. Edmund Agorhom, SJ was an old boy of St. Augustine’s and has continued to go there for ministries. Family members, friends and religious made their way to the Holy Cross Brothers’ chapel where the Final Vows ceremony is to take place.
The priests, beautifully vested in their kente styled stoles and chasubles began the procession into the chapel with Fr. Chuks Afiawari, SJ as the main celebrated. Frs Don Hinfey and Fr. Edmund Agorhom flanked Fr. Chuks. The boys’ choir and the ladies from the OLA College of Education came together to provide melodic singings for the liturgy.
March 25 was the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and Fr. Don Hinfey, in his homily reminded the congregation that Mary said yes! “Today’s solemnity is fitting for the vows celebration,” Don said. It is the feast of the incarnation. Jesus, the eternal word of the father, takes on human nature. He died for my sins, and he is raised for my justification. Mary consents to be the mother of Jesus. As she commits herself, so also, Jesus commits himself. Fr. Hinfey emphasized that there is an act of obedience in Jesus embracing the cross and that we are called to a commitment to the cross.
Taking the vows is an act of commitment to the cross and resurrection of Christ. It takes a long time to take the vows, and it is the complete incorporation of the young man into the Society of Jesus. The vows bring the young man to be with Jesus to serve him. This commitment is for service. This commitment is possible but dependent on the grace of God. Hinfey concluded by reiterating that the purpose of the vows is to be with Jesus in order to serve him.
At the end of the consecration, Fr. Edmund professed his final vows in the Society of Jesus. His mother and father watched as their son gave himself fully to a life of service to God. At the end mass, Edmund led the thanksgiving procession accompanied by the Jesuit companions, priests and his family members. The boys’ choir from St. Augustine’s college rendered a beautiful acapella. The Jesuits present sang the suscipe in a solemn gesture of their reassuring commitment to the cross and resurrection.
After mass, there were lots of photo shots, more acapella from the boys’ choir, a reception and a drama presentation by the boys as guests were served at the Claver House Jesuit community