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Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi

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The Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi[1] (born 11 August 1957 in Wamanafo, Ghana) is a Ghanaian Roman Catholic Bishop of the Sunyani Diocese and the current President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference.[2][3] He was ordained as a Catholic Bishop of Sunyani in 2003.[4] He is also the Episcopal Chairman of the Catholic University of Ghana, Fiapre, and concurrently serves as a member of the governing council of the university.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Gyamfi was born on 11 August 1957 at Wamanafo in the Dormaa East District in the Bono Region. He proceeded to study at the St. Hubert Seminary in Kumasi and later pursued courses in Philosophy and Theology at St. Peter's Seminary in Cape Coast, culminating in successful completion.[6] Gyamfi from 1994 to 1998 studied at the University of Toronto in Canada and had a doctorate degree in Geography and master's degree in education from Ontario Institute.[7]


He received his priestly ordination from the late Bishop James Kwadwo Owusu. Subsequently, he held the role of Assistant Administrator at the Christ The King Cathedral in Sunyani for a span of two years that is between January and September 1987, he served as a Chaplain at the St. Joseph's Training College in Bechem while teaching religious studies at the institution. Later on, he embarked on a degree program in Social Sciences at the University of Ghana.[8]

From 1990 to 1991, he assumed the role of acting Parish Priest at St. Peter's Parish in Kenyasi, in the Asutifi North District in the Ahafo Region. Additionally, he served as the Vice-Rector and a full-time tutor at St. James Minor Seminary located in Abesim, near Sunyani, from 1991 to 1993.[9]

Episcopal career[edit]

Gyamfi was ordained a priest on 27 July 1985 by Bishop James Kwadwo Owusu, the bishop of Sunyani Diocese. Subsequently, he was appointed by John Paul II as the second Bishop of Sunyani on 14 April 2003, he received his episcopal consecration on 28 June 2003 from Archbishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong with Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson and Bishop Lucas Abadamloora serving as co-consecrators.

In November 2022, he was elected as the President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference,[10] and he has been serving as the Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana since in 2003. He served as the Episcopal Chairman of the National Catechetical Commission on the Catholic Bishops' Conference from 2004 to 2011. He moved on to serve as the Episcopal Chairman of Education and National Catechetical Commission in 2011.[11]

In 2003 he assumed the role of Episcopal Chairman of the Catholic University of Ghana, Fiapre, and concurrently serves as a member of the governing council of the university.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope Francis likely to appoint new Bishops for these Dioceses in Ghana". Catholic Trends. 2023-01-23. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  2. ^ "Most Rev Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi is the new President of Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference". Graphic.com.gh. 10 November 2022. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Ghana Bishops' Conference". GCatholic. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  4. ^ "Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  5. ^ a b "Profile of The President". www.cug.edu.gh. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  6. ^ "Most Rev. Matthew K. Gyamfi | Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference". Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  7. ^ "Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi". ndpc.gov.gh. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  8. ^ "Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi replaces Philip Naameh as president of Catholic Bishops' Conference". www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  9. ^ "Sunyani Catholic Diocese gets new Bishop". GhanaWeb. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2023-08-27.
  10. ^ Agyemang, Seth Opoku (2022-12-19). "Bishop Kwasi Gyamfi congratulated for his Election to the presidency of GCBC". newsghana.com.gh. Retrieved 2023-08-28.
  11. ^ "Bishop - Catholic of Sunyani". cdsunyani.org. 2022-06-16. Retrieved 2023-08-28.