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Deacon Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (Part time) 2023-2024

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 three-year course is taught in Tigrinya or Amharic and does not require proficiency in Swedish or English. However, participants study this course in combination with the general education program where Swedish and English will be used.

The program includes Geez and Zema training for sacramental and liturgical services, and nine additional 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. Those who participate in the program will acquire training and develop knowledge that will enable them to effectively carry out diaconal and liturgical service in the church.

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



For explanation of the modules within the vocational training programs in the Tewahedo tradition see MODULES

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Quick Facts

Length: 2 years

Study Pace: Part-time (50%)

Teaching Hours: Daytime
Type of Instruction: Online
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.