A Ghanian priest who has been visiting Harborough for the past 12 years has been presented with a cheque in recognition of his 25-year service to his faith.
The £100 donation will be used to help a school in the west African country.
The president and brothers of Market Harborough Circle of the Catenian Association were delighted to extend a warm welcome again to Father John Mensah from Kumasi, Ghana, as their guest for dinner following the group’s meeting earlier this month.
For the past 12 years Fr John has come to Market Harborough to look after the parish of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church in Harborough while parish priest, the Rev Canon Owen O’Neill, has his annual holiday.
Fr John’s annual visit is special this year as August marks the silver jubilee of his ordination.
To mark the occasion a cheque was presented to Fr John by Circle president Keith Webb on behalf of the Harborough Circle.
Fr John thanked the president and said how very much he appreciated the donation which will be put to improving the sanitary arrangements at his local school in Kumasi.
The Catenian Association is an international body of Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local units called Circles.
They raise funds to support a wide span of charities and interests.
The Harborough group was inaugurated in November 2009.