St. Francis Xavier Parish, is a young rural parish of the Catholic Diocese of Damongo in Northern Ghana, with Yapei as the seat of the parish. Yapei is a small town on the Tamale-Kumasi highway. It was established in September 1998 mainly for primary evangelization.
The entire parish, which covers three sub-districts (Kusawgu, Tuluwe, and Yapei) has an estimated population of about 50,831. Yapei town itself has a population of about 1,626, situated on the north-eastern corridor of the Catholic Diocese of Damongo, Ghana.
It is currently the seat of the St. Francis Xavier Parish, and located about 46 km away from Tamale. The people are mainly subsistent farmers, who depend greatly on the seasonal rains like the rest of the north of Ghana, for their livelihood.
It is the largest parish within the diocese in terms of size, and has a lot of potential to grow in catholic population as well. The parish is situated in one of the most deprived, poor, and underdeveloped areas in the Damongo Diocese, and majority of the people depend on subsistent farming.
The parish is made up of an extremely high percentage of youth and children, which is a positive sign of future growth. The majority of people are traditionalists, who are open to accepting Christianity.
This is a small town with a population of approximately 1,626, on the north-eastern corridor of the Catholic Diocese of Damongo, Ghana. It is just about 22 km away from Tamale, the biggest city in the North of Ghana, and the northern regional capital. The residents of Sankpala and surrounding villages are mainly subsistent farmers, who depend greatly on the seasonal rains like the rest of the north of Ghana, for their livelihood. The population is mostly made up of Dagomba and Gonja by tribe, especially in the Sankpala township and nearby villages, with a few settler southern traders and itinerant cattle Fulanis in the neighbouring settlements.
Our major mission as a parish, in such an area of primary evangelization, is to ensure the spreading of the Word of God to a people who are still largely not Christianized. And so we consider the work of evangelization and promotion of human development as underlying our main call to mission in this part of the country.
Currently we have one priest at the main station, assisted by a priest-in-residence, and one catechist assigned in this parish for the mission.
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Gilbert Kipo Bangnira
Phone: (+233) 243 560 168 or (+233) 509 124 931
Priest-in-Residence: Very Rev. Fr. Clement Aapengnuo
Phone: (+233) 249 501 840
You may also contact us by mail:
St. Francis Xavier Parish, P. O. Box TL 1721, Tamale, N/R, Ghana.