The Catholic Archdiocese of Kumasi, as part of its new ways of evangelization, has launched a programme to provide a platform for the identification, development and grooming of creative talents in all its seven Deaneries.
The programme dubbed “the Catholic Talento Expo,” or “CATEP” is opened to members between the ages of six to fourteen years.
In an interview with the media in Kumasi, 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 programme, at the initial stages is opened 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 instruments.
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 are expected to select eight contestants to represent them at the finals of the competition.
“The auditioning phase of the programme has already begun in 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 3rd September 2016,” he explained.
Rev. Fr. Kirk Okyere Siabour stressed that the Catholic Church was moved to commence the programme to ensure the holistic development of children in the church in a 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 have 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 thanked 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 the programme which is designed for kids has a Slogan, CATEP and that the kids are expected to respond ‘Raising Godly Talents’