|The Most Reverend|
|Archdiocese||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown and Bo|
|Metropolis||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
|Diocese||Freetown and Bo|
|Appointed||4 September 1980|
|Installed||23 November 1980|
|Term ended||2 March 2007|
|Predecessor||Archbishop Thomas Joseph Brosnahan, C.S.Sp|
|Successor||Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles|
|Other posts||President of Inter-territorial Catholic Bishops' Conference of The Gambia and Sierra Leone|
|Ordination||9 April 1961|
|Consecration||11 November 1970|
by Archbishop Francis Carroll, S.M.A.
|Birth name||Joseph Henry Ganda|
|Born||7 March 1932|
Serabu, Bo District, Sierra Leone
Joseph Henry Ganda
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
Born in the village Serabu in the Bo district, he was the first in the area to study for the priesthood. He completed seminary training at Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria in 1955 returning home a Deacon.
On 9 April 1961 he was ordained the first priest of Sierra Leone (just two weeks before its political independence). He was made the first Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Kenema in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone in 1971.
On 23 November 1980 he was installed as the first native-born archbishop of the Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. While archbishop, Ganda oversaw the construction of the St. Paul Cathedral in Kenema, the St. Paul's Seminary in Regent, Freetown, and he is credited with encouraging young people to join the service of the Church, either as priests or nuns.
Joseph Henry Ganda was born to Catholic parents in the village of Serabu in the district of Bo. As a newborn, he got the measles and, afraid he would succumb, his mother had him baptized by a catechist. He recovered and his parents baptized him a second time at the Sacred Heart Church in Serabu. As a child, he was sickly and was treated at the hospital.
Ganda received his primary education at the Sacred Heart Primary School. He was an altar boy at his local church. Even as a small child, he dreamed of being a priest. He attended at St. Edwards Secondary School in Freetown.
He applied to Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria in 1955. The Bishop approved his application however he requested that Ganda do a year-long probation at the Catholic Training College in Bo under the supervision of Fr. Andrew O’Toole. Ganda distinguished himself during his probation, teaching French to the first students at Christ the King College.
An Historic Ordination
His ordination was attended by Sir Milton Margai, Prime Minister of Sierra Leone, all members of parliament, over 100 paramount chiefs and imams, 30 missionary priests and over 3000 people. The event widely reported in the national newspapers.
Fr. Joseph Ganda celebrated his first mass in his hometown in Serabu at the Sacred Heart Church. A month after his ordination, he returned to Biggard Memorial Seminary and completed his studies.
- Fyle, C. Magbaily (2006), Historical Dictionary of Sierra Leone, Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc
- "About Our Founder: Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda". Sisters of Our Lady of the Visitation. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
- "A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SIERRA LEONE". Catholic Bishop's Conference of Sierra Leone. Retrieved 6 January 2011.