Saturday, January 20, 2018



First Mass in Elmina

1879 Sir James Marshall requested Missionaries for the Gold Coast at the Office of the Propagation of Faith, Rome for the creation of Apostolic Prefecture of the Gold Coast.
1880 Frs. August Moreau and Eugene Murat, SMA Fathers landed in Elmina. First Catholic Baptism in Gold Coast of a- year- old boy George August Salmon in Elmina.
1882 First attempts to open a Mission in Kumasi.

O.L.A. Sisters came to Elmina: Sr. Ignatius (Irishwoman) and Sr.Potential from Switzerland. First girls' school opened in Elmina


Foundation of a Mission in Cape Coast.


Blessing of the church in Elmina. Keta becomes S.M.A. resident station. O.L.A. Sisters open school for girls in Cape Coast.


Accra station opened and closed

1895 Second attempts to open Mission in Kumasi.

Cape Coast becomes the headquarters of the Gold Coast Mission. Cape Coast becomes Apostolic Vicariate. White Fathers opened Mission in Kumasi.


Bishop Klaus becomes Bishop of Cape Coast (1904-1905).


Bishop Ignatius Hummel becomes third Vicar Apostolic and Bishop of Cape Coast (1906-1924). White Fathers opened Mission in Navrongo.

1907 Sekondi becomes resident station.
1908 Foundation of Kumasi Mission
1917 First Mass said in Tamale.
1922 Fr. Anastasius Odaye Dogli ordained as first African Priest in the Gold Coast.
1923 Lower Volta becomes Vicariate. Bishop Herman becomes its first Vicar Apostolic.
1924 Bishop Hauger becomes Bishop of Cape Coast (1925-1932).

Accra becomes resident station. Apostolic Prefecture created in Navrongo. Little Servant of the Sacred Heart arrived in Gold Coast, opened dispensaries at Eikwe in Cape Coast Vicariate and at Kpando in Lower Volta Vicariate.


Cathedral in Cape Coast was blessed and dedicated to St. Francis on November 28th 1928.

1929 Blessing of the church in Kumasi. Foundation of the Jirapa Mission .

Golden Jubilee of the Gold Coast Mission celebrated. Foundation stone of Seminar for African priests was blessed at Amisano.

1932 Apostolic Vicariate of Ashanti was created with Kumasi, Obuasi, Bekwai Berekum and Konongo as principal stations, Bishop Paulissen became the first Vicar Apostolic. (1933-1947) Bishop William Portar becomes Bishopof Cape Coast (1933-1960).
1933 Apostolic Vicariate of Navrongo was created with Bishop Morin as its first Vicar Apostolic. (1933-1947) Bishop William Porter becomes Bishop of Cape Coast (1933-1960).
1936 Opening of St. Augustine's College - Cape Coast