…..Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my lineage that You have brought me this far? (2Sam. 7:18)
Rev. Fr. Vitus Zogho hails from Kanguol, a village under Piina in the Upper West Region. He was born into a Christian family on the 29th day of May, 1987 at Piina to Mr. Denis Zogho and Madam Zita Daaro both of blessed memory. Vitus is a twin and the third born among six siblings (four boys and two girls). His father was an Assistant Agric Extension Officer and his mother a trader. He had his basic education at Piina. As a small boy growing at Piina, under the care of his parents, life was quiet easy for him and his siblings. At Primary four (4), Vitus begun to develop the desire of becoming a priest ignited by the preaching of late Rev. Fr. Jacob Lekuu, then curate in Piina Parish.
In 1994, Fr. Vitus lost his father and had to be cared for together with his siblings by his uncle. Unfortunately in 2001, his mother was also called to glory. The demise of both parents hit Vitus so hard that not only did coping in life became so tough for him and his siblings, his hope and desire of becoming a priest in future also literally died off. However, guided by the Holy Spirit, Fr. Vitus and his three brothers united and agreed on a decision for one of them to drop out of school and engage in a daily wage job popularly known as ‘by-day’ in order to raise some income to support the rest of the siblings in school. The big question rather was who among the four boys should drop out of school and take that challenge? After casting lots, it fell on Fr. Vitus. In fact it was a very difficult challenge for him to embrace since dropping out of school at that time meant that his dream of becoming a priest would never be achieved. However, out of the love he had for his siblings, he accepted the challenge.
In the year 2003, Fr. Vitus travelled to Accra in search for a job to assist in taking care of his brothers in school. God being so good, he got employed as a security man at the American Embassy and that really enabled him to fend for himself and supported his brothers schooling which was a heavy burden on his two elder sisters, Vivian and Veronica.
After working with the security firm for two (2) years, nine (9) months, through Divine intervention, Fr. Vitus encountered Most Rev. Philip Naameh, then bishop of Damongo diocese, who decided to take him back to school.
In the year 2006, Bishop Philip got him to be enrolled at St. Cyprian’s Minor Seminary Secondary School in Sawla, present day Savannah region. It was at that moment that he begun to re-develop his desire of becoming a priest. In 2009, Fr. Vitus was among the pioneers who successfully completed St. Cyprian’s Minor Seminary Secondary School after writing and passing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Inspired by the Holy Spirit and guided by good counsel, Fr. Vitus applied to the Major Seminary and later gained admission to begin formation at St. Michael’s Propaedeutic Major Seminary, Kaleo in the Upper West region in 2011. After one year of spiritual formation in Kaleo, he proceeded the following year to St. Augustine Millennium Major Seminary (SAMMS) in Tamale where he underwent three years of philosophy studies. Having successfully completed his philosophy studies in May 2015, he proceeded that same year to St. Victor’s Major Seminary (SVS) to begin his Theology studies. In 2018, Fr. Vitus had his pastoral year experience at the OLA Cathedral and returned to SVS in August 2019 for his final year of formation. On 23rd November, 2019, he was ordained a deacon together with 16 others by Most Rev. Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale at SVS.
By the grace of God, he successfully completed nine years of priestly formation and training on 28th May, 2020. Thanks be to God for how far he has brought Fr. Vitus. Today, he is ordained a priest to the glory of God for the Archdiocese of Tamale.
The Almighty has done great things for me, Holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)