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Mahlietay (Cantor’s) Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (Full time or part time) 2023-2024


The cantor’s training program is designed for devoted participants who wish to study the chants and hymns composed and arranged by Saint Yared. The course lasts for a period of 4 or 6 years. Full time on campus its a 4 year course. Part time (50%) it is an online course for 6 years. The languages of instruction and interaction on this course are Tigrinya, Amharic, and Ge’ez. This module 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 chants and hymns in the cantor program require an extended period of study and enculturation. This is true especially for those who have no prior knowledge of the chants and hymns and for this reason a substantial amount of time has been allocated to study of the chants. Participants will also learn hymnal instruments such as prayer sticks, drums, and the sistra, as well as studying advanced Ge’ez and nine other theological training modules including Dogmatic Theology, Church History I, Bible Study, Patrology, Church History II, Canon Law and Church Administration, Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Homiletics.

In order to enroll in this program participants must have successfully completed the deaconal training program in the Tewahedo tradition or equivalent liturgical and hymnal studies.


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

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Quick Facts

Length: 4 years or 6 years

Study Pace: Full time (100%) or Part time (50%)

Teaching Hours: Daytime
Type of Instruction: On campus (Full time studies), Online (Part time studies)
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna & Amharic
Location: Campus Södertälje (Full time studies)

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 1200 per semester for full time students and SEK 600 per semester for part time students