Staff Member: Father Anthony Knetiah
Father Anthony Knetiah
I am Rev. Fr. Anthony Boahen Nketiah, the last born of the seven children of my parents. I come from Ghana in West Africa. I was born and brought up at Praaso, near Konongo in the Ashanti Region, the forest belt of Ghana, where I had my Elementary and Middle school education.
Then, at the age of eighteen, I moved to Kumasi, the garden city of Ghana where I had my Minor Seminary Education. After graduating the Ordinary and Advance Levels in Accounting and Geography, I moved to Accra, the capital of Ghana to pursue my Major Seminary education in a whole year Spirituality and two years of Philosophy. My Bishop in Ghana, at this point decided to send me to Rome, Italy, for the Theological Studies.
In August 1999, I was sent to Rome and that was a tremendous experience in my life. The Culture, weather, as well as food, and even clothes to put on at certain times of the year were all changed. I was born and brought up in a completely different environment where there are only two major seasons; the wet and dry seasons, and the temperature is always like in a summer. But at that point, I had to struggle with cold and sometimes snow.
I was raised up with speaking the British English and I had to put everything aside and learn the Italian language for my Theological studies. God was on my side as always, and by His grace I went through successfully. After my Theological studies, I went back to Ghana to be ordained as a Deacon and later as a Priest. In 2012, I was on a visit to the United States and my Bishop from Ghana had asked me to find a link here to stay so that I may have some studies in the future. Thanks to God and to Very Rev. Fr. Frank Lioi in Auburn, NY., who made arrangements to get me connected to the Diocese of Rochester.