Charles G. Palmer-Buckle
Most Rev. Charles G. PALMER-BUCKLE, aged 69, is presently the Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, the Premier Diocese and Archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Ghana. He is also Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on December 12, 1976, after his Philosophy and Theology studies at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy (1971-1976). He holds a Doctorate Degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome, Italy (1979-1984). As a young priest, he was mostly in Youth and Student Chaplaincy ministry and Teaching Religious and Moral Education in secondary schools as well as ministering to parishes and a number of Church communities in the Accra Diocese. He was consecrated by Pope St. John Paul II on January 06, 1993, pioneer Bishop of Koforidua Diocese created from his diocese of origin (Accra), and from 2005 to 2018 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra.
He has held positions of Episcopal Chairman for Socio-Economic Development (Caritas Ghana) of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, President of Caritas Africa and First Vice President of Caritas Internationalis (1995-2003). He served for over a decade (2005-2019) as Treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). He is a pastor with experience on many levels of the Church in Ghana, Africa and even world-wide. He speaks and writes fluently English, Italian, French and German, and a good working knowledge of Spanish and Portuguese. St. Augustine of Hippo is his role model! And his life motto is: Celebrate what you have become and become what you celebrate! (Taken from St. Augustine’s teachings.)