Most Rev. John Martin Darko
Most Rev. John Martin Darko has retired as the Catholic Bishop of Sekondi- Takoradi on health grounds, after 13 years in office.
The announcement of his retirement was made by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana, Most Rev. Moses Kalenga, at a meeting with the religious and the lay faithful at the Star of the Sea Cathedral here yesterday.
This announcement was made simultaneously in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Darko by his retirement has become Emeritus Bishop of the Diocese.
Most Rev. Kalenga explained at the meeting that no one was forcing the Bishop out of office adding "it is purely on health grounds"
Bishop Darko in an interview with the Times confirmed his retirement saying "my doctor recommended that I go out of active service".
"I agreed but I can't make this decision without my Pope's concern" he explained.
When he was asked what he will do during his retirement he said " i will be resting and praying and i expect my people to pray for me".
Bishop Darko who was born on May 30, 1945, was ordained priest by Bishop Joseph K. Essuah in Takoradi on July 25, 1976 and became Bishop for the diocese in July 1998.