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Deacon Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (100%)


This program provides the environment, structure and guidance necessary for the intellectual and personal formation of deacons who wish to serve the Orthodox Tewahedo Church. This two-year course is taught in Tigrigna or Amharic and does not require proficiency in Swedish or English.


The program includes Ge’ez and Zema training for sacramental and liturgical services, and nine mandatory modules to be delivered over the course of two years: Dogmatic Theology, Church History I, Bible Study, Patrology, Church History II, Canon Law and Church Administration, Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Homiletics.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will have:


  • a good level of knowledge that will enable them to effectively carry out diaconal and liturgical service in the Church
  • reflected on the theological concepts of the hymns assigned to and sung by the deacon and related them to their own lives and to the life and worship of the community
  • enumerate basic Ge’ez grammatical, phonological, orthographic and lexical structures (grammar, reading, writing and vocabulary)



Students are expected to participate in all course activities, both by being present and playing an active role in scheduled course sessions, and by completing assignments to be done outside of scheduled lessons. If participants miss lessons, they may be required to do extra assignments in order to fulfill the participation requirements of the course. 80% attendance and participation (including completion of assignments) are required for the course to be considered to have been completed.

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Quick Facts

Length: 2 years

Study Pace: (100%)

Teaching Hours: Daytime
Type of Instruction: On campus
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna, Amharic
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola: 

Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.