Le Frère James Maurice Djadoo, notre premier Frère SVD togolais, travaillant au Ghana, est décédé le 29 juin 2016, la sollenité de Saints Pierre et Paul.
Prions pour le repos de son âme, que le Seigneur lui accorde la joie et paix dans la vie eternelle auprès de Lui!
Ci-dessous nous reprenons en anglais sa biographie publiée sur le site de la Province du Ghana:
Wed. 6th July at the Christ the King Parish, Accra:
6.45pm Office of the dead.
7.00pm Vigil Mass the body would be transferred to McCarthy Hill.
Thur. 7th July at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra. Mass is at 9.00am.
The body would then be transferred to Nsawam for burial.
REST IN PEACE
Rev. Bro. James Maurice Djadoo, SVD
Born on the 10th June, 1930 at Amoutivé, Lomé, Togo, he attended St. Augustine Mission School., at the same place and on the 20th October 1945 he was baptised and made his first communion at St. Augustine Church, Amoutivé, Lomé, the following day. He was confirmed the following year.
He joined the religious life by choosing the Divine Word Missionaries, (SVD) who were sent by our beloved founder, St. Arnold Janssen, to Togo in August 28, 1892 soon after the congregation was founded in Steyl.
They had to leave during the 2nd world war in 1918 and returned in 1938 to the then Gold Coast, now Ghana.
Since there was no formation program at the time in Ghana, Br. James made a dramatic appeal to Fr. Aloysius Kappenberg, the Superior General, SVD (then on a visit in Accra) to admit him. He later accepted him on his return to Rome and let Fr. Edward Datig, the SVD Regional Superior at the time to prepare him to go abroad for the formation program. So from 1951-1953 he studied English as St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in Accra and was sent to St. Michael Mission House, Conesus, N. Y. America for his SVD Religious Formation in August 17th, 1955. At the end of two years novitiate, Maurice as he was then called took his first religious Vows as a Divine word Missionary with a religious name, Bro. James in August 15th 1958, on the feast of Assumption at St. Michael Mission House Conesus, New York, U.S.A.
Appointment To Ghana
Bro. James received his mission cross at Gerald, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, in September, 1959 and was sent to Ghana, to be a light for all the young men and women to respond to their call to Religious Life. Sent to Ghana as the first African SVD Brother.
Bro. James happily returned to Ghana as a shining model to his people. The SVDs in the region rejoiced for their achievements which was started by Bishop Adolf A. Noser, SVD, Frs. P. Wildenburg, Eward Datig, George Wilson, Cletus Hoddap, Alphonse Elsbernd, Charles Schneider, Joseph Lauck, Albert Kretschmer. My catechumens and Perpetual Help Members from all walks of lives rejoiced. Sacred Heart Parish, Derby Avenue rejoiced greatly-1959 to 1963.
In August 15th, 1964. Bro. James professed the Perpetual Vows in the SVD in Norway. From 1963-1970, Bro. James was transferred to the North, Tamale in Yendi District as the Principal of the Catechist Institute, Sunson for 5 years and 2 years also in Yendi as the Local Manager of the Catholic Schools. From 1970-1979, Bro. James was appointed as a Managing Director in charge of the SVD Conference Centre, Adoagyiri, Nsawam.
In 1973, Bro. James went for the Nemi course in Rome, Italy a renewal program for SVDs.
In 1975, Bro. hosted the members of the committee responsible for the 1975 Holy Pilgrimage to Rome. His lively caring for the guests made them so happy that they gave him a free return air to ticket with accommodation to Rome to be with them for the Pilgrimage.
Bro. James was appointed to be in Charge of the SVD Guest House, Accra from 1979-1985. January 2nd – August 1986, Bro. James was sent to Freinademetz Formation House Tamale to stand in for Fr. Vincent Owusu, SVD who was very ill and to act as the Bursar.
In December 19th, 1986, Bro. James left for U.S.A for sabbatical leave from 1986-1988, at Techny, Chicago-St. Louis, and Mo. He left America for Ghana via Steyl to visit our Blessed Founder, Arnold Janssen’s grave and St. Augustine’s in Germany.
In January 15th 1988, Bro. James returned to Ghana hopping to be assigned to Lome, Togo to work among his people, but he was disappointed by his Superior and was rather assigned to the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference to work in the Finance office of the Department of Health of the National Catholic Secretariat as a Finance Officer form March 1st 1988 to March 8 th 2000.
For the 12 years that he was working there there was no report of any misappropriation of funds or any messing up of entries. He said ‘I worked with a golden heart’. He resided at Christ the King parish for ten years where he also helped in the pastoral Ministry of the parish. All these were rewarding for him caring for the people.
Transfer from the Christ the King Residence to SVD Residence, McCarthy Hill
18th June, 1999, Bro. James considered this transfer as the most loving welcome as he will now care for the aged confreres. He gladly accepted it from his Provincial Superior, Fr. Vincent Owusu, SVD with a promise to take a course in Gerontology after studying the problem at the residence at McCarthy Hill.
Form July 24th to October 24th, 2001, Bro. James was sent to Techny, Illinois to the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. In Techny, Bro. James Djadoo, SVD, successfully completed Cultural Orientation Workshop (COW) from August 4th -10th, 2001.
From August 10th to October 19th ,2001 at catholic University, Washington, DC , Bro. James Participated in a program organized by the University where he demonstrated his working knowledge of older persons and aging issues based on his own reading and experience of working with older priests in Ghana. The University felt fortunate to have Bro. James studied with them. Throughout the study, Bro. James had been conscientious,
energetic, enthusiastic, curious and wonderful as commended by his Professor Grace Clark, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
In October 24th, 2001, Bro. James returned from U.S.A, well refreshed and knowledgeable with his work and motto: “Lord make me your instrument to be of service to all peoples.’’
Br. James writes “With joy let us sing together to the Lord-Now we have opened the doors into SVD and they remained opened for all the Africans from the North to the South and from the East to the West. My singular joy and fulfilment in my vocation is the caring for our aged and even more to be in charge of the Cuisine – so everybody can come and taste how sweet and good the Lord is to everybody.
Now the good lord has blessed us with many SVD Bishops, Provincials and many priests and Brothers and even with many Missionary Sister of the Holy Spirit African. Our Blessed founder Arnold Janssen is indeed a great saint in Heaven and is there interceding for us all. I thank our then Provincial Superior Vincent Kwame Owusu, SVD Who appointed me for the Caring Ministry for the Aged in order to prepare them to meet God happily and peacefully.
Thanks to all of you who supported me morally and spiritually with prayers.
Mrs. Lucy I Abugun Headmistress of St. Charles Primary School Bolgatanga Commend Br James:
He was appointed the praeses of the McCarthy Hill Residence until his retirement. He remained in the community as retired until he celebrated his 86th birthday on the 10th of June, and enjoyed all that he was banned from eating especially ice cream due to poor health.
In the early hours of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, 29th June 2016, Bro. James Maurice Menssam Anani Djadoo humbly responded to the call of his maker to return.
His perseverance against the odds at the time to be trained as a religious brother of the SVD paved the way for Africans to be recruited by the SVD. His legacy with the Perpetual Help lay society In the church in Ghana lives on.
Br. James Olalaa as we affectionately call you, rest in perfect peace!
Br. James enjoying his ice cream on his 86th birthday on the 10th June at McCarthy Hill