BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church welcomed Father Joe McLaughlin’s successor, Father Ed Tetteh, SVD (Divine Word Missionary), into the Parish Sunday morning during 11 a.m. Mass, along with special visitor Bishop Mark Brennan, from the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese.
First ordained in 2001, Father Tetteh is from Ghana and has been serving as a priest for 19 years. Father Tetteh last served at a retreat center in Boston, Massachusetts and will begin serving as Administrator/Pastor of Holy Rosary starting June 22. He has also worked as a counselor in other areas. “I’m here to witness the goodness of the people. God is already here, so I’ve just come to witness and share the love of God with them,” Father Tetteh said.
Bishop Brennan visited the church to honor the Marist for their 118 years of pastoral leadership at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and welcome Father Tetteh. Bishop Brennan has been making his way around West Virginia parishes to visit and serve them.
“West Virginia is a very special place. It’s a wonderful state. The physical beauty of the state is very real. The people, generally I have found, very hospital, friendly, open. I like the place, I like the people, and there are some really good things here,” Bishop Brennan said.
Father McLaughlin, Society of Mary, is leaving the Parish on June 22 for San Francisco, to live and serve as the Assistant Pastor of Notre Dame des Victoires. Father McLaughlin served Holy Rosary Church for four and a half years. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Buckhannon and serving the people of the church. It’s been a joy and a privilege, and I will miss them deeply,” Father McLaughlin said.