On Saturday, June 7, at the St. André Chapel in Cape Coast, Ghana, Br. Stephen Rockson Aidoo, C.S.C. and Br. James Bochie-Yiadom, C.S.C., prossed Final Vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross. Their vows were received by Br. Chester Freel, C.S.C., the Suprior of the Midwest Province of Brothers (Notre Dame, Indiana).
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The main celebrant for the Mass of Final Profession was the Most Rev. Joseph Francis Kweku Essien, Bishop of the Wiawso Diocese. Bishop Kweku Essien is a longtime friend of Holy Cross in Ghana. In his homily, he encouraged the religious brothers to see their vocation as a call to a deeper spiritaul journey, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, who out of love for us chose to be poor, chaste, and obedient. No matter the challenges and the difficulties that may come, they could always find fulfillment in this calling if they remained faithful in relying on the strength of Divine Providence.
As a sign of their Final Profession as religious brothers in the Congregation, Br. Aidoo and Br. Bochie-Yiadom received a St. Joseph Medal. Going back to their original founding as the Brothers of St. Joseph by Fr. Jacques Dujarié, the Holy Cross Brothers look to St. Joseph as their patron and model. Blessed Basile Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, further consecrated them to St. Joseph as part of his vision to model Holy Cross on the Holy Family.
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Joining members of Br. Aidoo and Br. Bochie-Yiadom's families and conferers in Holy Cross at the Mass were other religious brothers, sisters, and priests, as well as other friends of the Congregation. A festive celebration followed the Mass.
Both Br. Aidoo and Br. Bochie-Yiadom are members of the Congregation's District of West Africa, which is headquartered in Cape Coast, Ghana. Following their Final Profession, Br. Aidoo continues his work on staff at St. John's High School, and Br. Bochie-Yiadom continues serving at Holy Cross Technical School. Both schools are located in Takoradi, Ghana.