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Peter Kwasi Sarpong

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Peter Kwasi Sarpong (born 6 February 1933) is the former Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kumasi. He was born in Offinso, Ashanti.

He was ordained a priest on December 11, 1959, and incardinated into the clergy of the diocese of Kumasi. Pope Paul VI appointed him Bishop of Kumasi on November 20, 1969. The Archbishop of Cape Coast, John Kodwo Amissah, consecrated him bishop on March 8 of the following year; co-consecrators were Joseph Amihere Essuah, Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi and Peter Poreku Dery, Bishop of Wa. John Paul II elevated the diocese to an archdiocese on January 17, 2002, and thus he was appointed Archbishop of Kumasi.[1] On March 26, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation due to his age.[2]

He has argued that the church in Africa is "not African enough".[3][4]

Publications (selection)[edit]

  • The Sacred Stools of the Akans (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1971).
  • Ecumenical Relations in Ghana, Gambia, and Uganda (1973).
  • Ghana in Retrospect (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1974).
  • Girls Nubility Rites (Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1977).
  • Libation (Anansesem Publications Ltd, 1996).
  • Ancestral Stool Veneration in Asante (St. Francis Press, 1996).
  • Dear Nana: Letters to My Ancestor (Franciscan Publications, 1998).
  • Cultural Perspectives on Ghana’s Development and Other Essays on Ghana at 50 (St Francis Press Ltd, 2011).
  • Christian Reflection on Poverty.
  • The One Honest Man (Sedco Press).
  • Odd Customs: Stereotypes and Prejudices (Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2012).
  • Archbishop Sarpong Explains Key Christian Topics (SNAM Ltd, 2016).
  • Culture and the Kingdom (Good Shepherd Publications, 2016).
  • articles in the Encyclopedia Africana.


  1. ^ Owusu-Ansah, David (2014). Historical dictionary of Ghana. Historical dictionaries of Africa (4 ed.). Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-8108-7500-5.
  2. ^ "Church in Ghana Celebrates Longest Serving Archbishop-turned-Author". March 12, 2020. Retrieved December 20, 2023.
  3. ^ Obeng, J. Pashington (1996). Asante catholicism: religious and cultural reproduction among the Akan of Ghana. Studies of religion in Africa. Leiden New York Köln: Brill. p. 6. ISBN 978-90-04-10631-4.
  4. ^ Schineller, Peter (1990). A handbook on inculturation. New York: Paulist Pr. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-8091-3124-2.

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