PREBLE COUNTY — Father Matthew Amoako-Attah was officially installed as the Pastor of the Preble County Pastoral Region – St. John, St. Mary and Visitation parishes by Reverend Larry Tharp, the Dean of the Hamilton Deanery.
For over four years, Father Amoaka-Attah came to the region by way of four separate parishes where he held the position of associate pastor: St. Benedict the Moor in Dayton on Liscum Drive, St. Mary’s in Dayton on Xenia Avenue, St. Mary in Camden, and St. Augustine in Germantown. On July 1, he came to Eaton as the replacement for the retiring Father Fitzsimmons.
Following the Mass of the Installation by Rev. Larry Tharp, a luncheon was served in the Community Hall for the priests who took part in the Installation Ceremony, plus friends and mass servers. Tharp represented the Hamilton Deanery, along with three priests from St. Benedict the Moor and Father Vonderhaar of St. John Church in New Paris.
Father Amoaka-Attah was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and is a country on Africa’s West Coast. The whole country is quite small in comparison to other African nations with a population of only 22 million. English is the official language with 25 other ethnic languages. Seldom known is that Father Matthew is a twin and has nine sisters and brothers. His mother still lives in Ghana. Exports there are cocoa, lumber and gold. For the time being, there will be a changeup pattern for the three churches of the PCPR.