FR. PAUL ATTAH-NSIAH

Fr. Paul Attah-Nsiah was born on December 20, 1963. He comes from a small town called Ejisu-Besease in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is from a big family of nine, five boys and four girls. He has a twin sister called Paulina. His mother Margaret is about 81 years old and his dad Joseph passed away in 1972. His hobbies are: sightseeing, listening to gospel music, playing and watching volley ball and soccer ball.

Fr. Paul holds a doctorate degree in Canon Law, Masters and Licentiate degrees in Canon Law from Ottawa University and St. Paul University in Ottawa in Canada, respectively, in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Religion from the University of Ghana in Legon, Accra, in 1992. He has been a dedicated teacher. He has taught on Safeguarding Minors in the Catholic University of Ghana and Canon Law in the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary. He has also been a formator and a teacher in the St. Hubert Minor Seminary and in the Local Authority Middle school in Peminase, all in Ghana. Fr. Paul has engaged in establishing schools. Notable among them are the St. Mary Girls Senior High School at Konongo and a unique and ultramodern Senior High school at Mamponteng, called Our Lady of Grace (OLAG) Senior High School with funding from Our Lady of Grace Parish in Edina, Minnesota. OLAG SHS has a student population of nearly 800.

Fr. Paul received his call to the priestly ministry in a dramatic way, like his patron saint, St. Paul. All happened in a dream in two successive nights of saying Mass. so he gave up his childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor or a chartered accountant and found himself in the St. Hubert Minor Seminary in Kumasi, Ghana, from 1984-1986. He received a lot of family resistance and pressure to give up his new dream, but by God’s grace he endured and persevered. He proceeded to St. Paul Seminary, Accra, in 1987, for a year of spirituality and two-years of philosophical studies. In 1990, he began four years of theological studies in St. Peter’s Regional Seminary, Cape Coast. He was ordained to the presbyterate on July 16, 1994, for the then Catholic Diocese of Kumasi. He is presently incardinated into the Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong, following the division of the Kumasi diocese into three in 1995.

Fr. Paul had the opportunity to serve the Church Our Lady of Holy Rosary Parish in Land O’Lakes, in Florida from 2001 until he returned to Ghana in 2006. After serving his home diocese tirelessly for over eleven years, Fr. Paul is back in the States to the Archdiocese of Dubuque as Associate Pastor of St. Columbkille and St. Joseph the Worker Parishes with two amazing priests, Fr. Tom McDermott and Fr. David Schatz. The three of them reside at the Vianney House on Mount Loretta Avenue. He will also work at the Archdiocesan Tribunal as a judge in the second instance court.

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