“Being staff of the Catholic University College, we ought to detach ourselves from tendencies and anything that breed disunity, hatredness, insecurity and apathy among us so that we can focus on the core business of our engagement in this institution.”
The entire staff body and the university community were advised to eschew pride, arrogance, wickedness, self-centeredness, and other acts that create divisions among staff. The staff, in their small ways, had the mandate to serve the University College collectively to enhance the attainment of the objective of the founding fathers.
Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter Oppong-Kumi, the Chaplain of the Catholic University College of Ghana, Fiapre gave this advice at the formal Opening Mass for the first semester on CUCG campus. Fr. Dr. Oppong-Kumi, who was the main celebrant, noted that as God’s children chosen to be staff and students of CUCG, they ought to allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit so as to achieve greater results, chalk successes and make progress as an institution.
He stressed that as individuals, none of them in their respective duties could make any meaningful impact or achieve measurable results without the support or help of the other members. The system required the collective efforts of all staff and students to achieve the holistic education and the moral discipline the Catholic University College espouses.
The Chaplain stated, “Your relevance as a priest or Vice-Chancellor or Registrar or Dean, etc. in the University College depended largely on the community and the people around you”. Therefore, staff of the institution, in particular, should value their presence in the school and contribute meaningfully to the growth and development of the College.
He noted that the degree of apathy, the lack of commitment and self-inwardness among staff would not help the course of the university as an institution. Those present at the Mass included the Ag. Vice-Chancellor, Deans and Heads of Department/Units.