Often in rural areas in places like northern Ghana, Church figures - like priests and sisters - are not just faith leaders, but also community leaders, advocating and implementing programs that benefit the wider community.
With the majority of families and communities reliant on farming and agriculture for a living, it is imperative that they have the right skills and knowledge. Distressingly, this is becoming increasingly uncommon, and with high levels of poverty and little government support, communities rely more and more on the Church.
Thankfully, the seminarians at St Victor’s Major Seminary are undergoing not only vital spiritual formation, but are also being prepared with agricultural skills and hands-on training, which they can then pass onto their local communities when they become priests.
Monsignor Thomas Anamooh, rector of the seminary and a key driver of the agricultural program says: