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Deacon Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (50%)


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


The program includes Zema training for sacramental and liturgical services, and an additional two theological training modules: Ecclesiology and Liturgics.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will have:

  • a good level of knowledge that will enable them to carry out liturgical service in the Church
  • basic theological knowledge about the actions that are performed during the Eucharistic Liturgy
  • acquired the skills necessary to identify musical notation and apply it accordingly



This online option is for those who are interested in the diaconal program but are unable to participate on Campus. In this option, students study online, on a part-time basis with the approval and guidance of the rector of the seminary.


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: (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna, Amharic

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.