The Catholic Bishop of Yendi, Most Rev. Vincent Boi-Nai, SVD clocked the canonical retirement age of 75 on January 1, 2020. Two years on, it is expected that Pope Francis will name a new Bishop for the Diocese.
NewsWire GH sources say Pope Francis is likey to announce a new Bishop for the Diocese tomorrow, June 3, 2022.
It is however unclear who will be announced as the new Bishop for Yendi.
The development comes four days after Pope Francis named Most Rev. Baawobr of the Wa Diocese as Cardinal.
He becomes the third Ghanaian Cardinal, after the late Cardinal Peter Dery and His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson.
The current Bishop in charge of the Yendi Diocese, Most Rev. Vincent Boi-Nai was born in La, Accra on 1st January, 1945.
He was ordained a Catholic Priest on 13th August 1977. He was appointed a Bishop of March 16, 1999 but was ordained and enthroned Bishop on 10th July, 1999.
Bishops are ministers who hold the full sacrament of holy orders. Catholics trace their origins to the time of the apostles, who were endowed with a spiritual gift by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
A Diocese in the eyes of the Catholic Church is a portion of the people of God entrusted to a Bishop for him to shepherd with the cooperation of the presbyterium, so that, adhering to its pastor and gathered by him in the Holy Spirit through the gospel and the Eucharist.
It constitutes a particular church in which the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church of Christ is truly present and operative.
The Canon law – the body of laws governing the Roman Catholic Church which specifies the qualification of a cleric for the role of a Bishop, Can. 378 §1. Sates that “In regard to the suitability of a candidate for the episcopacy, it is required that he is:
1/ outstanding in solid faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence, and human virtues, and endowed with other qualities which make him suitable to fulfill the office in question;
2/ of good reputation;
3/ at least thirty-Five years old;
4/ ordained to the presbyterate for at least Five years;
5/ in possession of a doctorate or at least a licentiate in sacred scripture, theology, or canon law from an institute of higher studies approved by the Apostolic See, or at least truly expert in the same disciplines.
Becoming a bishop is an important moment in most clergy life. Bishops in the Catholic Church reach their retirement age at 75 years old. At this time, the retiring bishop is to submit his resignation to the Pope who will then work with him and others to determine a suitable replacement.