I am Rev. James Ahenkora from Ghana, west Africa. I was born on April 4, 1976 in Accra, the capital city of Ghana to John (deceased) and Christiana Ahenkorah. I have five brothers and four sisters. I had my primary, high school, teacher training, university/seminary education/formation in Ghana. I was ordained on August 25, 2007 for the Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana. I served as an Assistant Pastor for six years in Ghana. The first three years were at Good Shepherd Parish and the other three years at Holy Family Parish all in the Archdiocese of Accra, Ghana.
In November 2013, I volunteered to be a fidei donum priest for the archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica in the West Indies and served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish and communities in Highgate, St. Mary, Jamaica. I came to the Diocese of Des Moines on October 4, 2016 and was assigned as Administrator and later Pastor of St. John, Greenfield and St. Patrick, Massena.
I love sports, especially soccer, volleyball, tennis and pingpong. I also love music and I play a few musical instruments. I come to St. Patrick to serve you and share with you the gift of the sacred priesthood. Permit me, to use this opportunity to commend our beloved Pastor Glen Wilwerding for the great work he has done for this great parish. Let us continue to pray for his healing at every Mass and also look forward to meeting my new family at St. Patrick soon. God bless! Fr. James