The Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, as part of its new ways of evangelization,
has launched a program to provide a platform for the identification, development
and grooming of the creative talents of children in all its seven deaneries.
The program is open to members between the ages of six to fourteen years and is
dubbed “the Catholic Talento Expo,” or “CATEP” in short.
In an interview with the media in Kumasi today, Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour, the
Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain explained that the competition is designed to provide
a godly environment to unearth and groom the artistic talents of kids in the church.
He said the program, at the initial stages, is open to baptized children and those
preparing to receive baptism with deep interest and talent in poetry, singing,
preaching, cultural dance, choreography, acting and playing of musical
Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour, who is also the Parish Priest of St. Francis of Assisi
Catholic Church at Buokrom Estate, a suburb in Kumasi, said all the seven
Deaneries in the Archdiocese of Kumasi would be expected to select eight
contestants to represent them at the finals of the competition.
“The auditioning phase of the program has already begun with the Kumasi, Suame
and Asaase Deaneries. These deaneries have been the first to have selected their
eight representatives whilst that of the Nyinahini Deanery was scheduled to take
place at the Abuakwa Parish this Saturday 3 rd September 2016”.
Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour stressed that the Catholic Church was moved to
commence the program to ensure the holistic development of children in the
church in manner that was consistent with the values of the Catholic faith.
“For years, even though we know that a lot of our children have hidden talents,
there has not been a structured platform within the church for them to exhibit and
develop these God-given skills, hence this maiden programme” he observed.
Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour noted that thanks to Pope Benedict the sixteenth
(XVI), who declared a Year of Faith with a focus on the New Evangelization
Between October 2012 and November 2013. “The church, having been reminded to
find new ways of sharing the faith, has instituted this novel “Catholic Talento
Expo” programme as one of the ways.
He said the remaining Deaneries of South Suntreso, Amakom and Offinso were
Scheduled to have their turn to select their representatives soon.
Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour, therefore, urged all interested Catholic children and
Catechumens between the ages of 6 and 14 who are preparing to receive baptism to
contest in the upcoming auditions irrespective of whether they are members of
those deaneries or not.
Fr. said that since the program is designed for kids it has a Slogan: thus, CATEP!
Then the Response shall be Raising Godly Talents!