Fr. Prosper Hedagbui Visits Parish
Since late December 2017, our parish has been the temporary home of Fr. Prosper Hedagbui, from Ghana. While visiting here, he has presided at weekday and Sunday Masses. Fr. Prosper is an alumnus of St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Cape Coast, Ghana, and was ordained in the diocese of Jasikan on July 18, 2009, as a diocesan priest.
Following his ordination, Fr. Prosper served as the Associate Priest at the St. Peter Claver Cathedral for one year. He was later appointed the Pastor of St. Michael parish in Kete-Krachi, and also served as the Vocations Director of his diocese. Following his service at St. Michael parish in Kete-Krachi, his bishop sent him to Rome in 2014 for a Licentiate in social communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
How is it that Fr. Prosper finds himself at St. Joseph the Worker? During summer break ( 2016) from the “Greg,” he was able to arrange, through a Ghanaian priest, who is a friend of Fr. Beto, to visit the U.S. and spend the summer at Fr. Beto’s former parish, Nativity, in El Monte. After his studies in June 2017, he returned to the U.S. and served at the Holy Innocents parish in Manhattan, New York, from July to December 2017.
In December 2017, Fr. Beto invited him to his new parish and with the approval of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Fr. Prosper will be here through June. For the first couple of months in our parish, he simply observed, seated among the assembly. He observed that “the parishioners are amazing, devoted, loving and welcoming. You can see on their faces that they are here to be closer to their God.”