Just about a month after his commissioning Samuel Baba Azure, a Catechist at the Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church at Gowrie in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region died mysteriously.
According to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), his death occurred while celebrating a Communion Service on Pentecost Sunday, May 28, 2023, at the church which also marked the end of the Easter festivities.
The Council Chairman of the Church, Ephraim Nyaaba Awuni is reported as saying that the Catechist was delivering a sermon to the congregation when he started experiencing dizziness.
He disclosed that some members of the church who noticed Azure’s condition asked him to take a break to rest and return to continue preaching.
He then walked back to his seat and nearly fell onto the Sanctuary of the Church, which suggested that his situation might be more serious than initially thought.
The church members quickly rushed him to the hospital in Bolgatanga for examination, but a few minutes after arrival, Azure was pronounced dead.
“Before the start of the Service, he was okay, we did not notice anything wrong with him and he read the Gospel without any challenges, so we are shocked about his departure, but we will take it that he has accomplished his calling on earth,” Nyaaba Awuni told the GNA.
Charity Azure, the widow of the late Catechist expressed surprise at his death, saying he had not complained of any illness or discomfort.
The late Catechist was 42 years old before his passing. He left behind a widow and three children.
Nyaaba Awuni described the late Azure who has since been buried as a hardworking man who was dedicated to the growth and the service of the church.