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Mahlietay (Cantor’s) Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition


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 4-6 years. The languages of instruction and interaction on this course are Tigrinya, Amharic and Ge’ez and this module does not require proficiency in Swedish or English. However participants study this course in combination with Allmänkurs 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 eight other theological training modules including Dogmatic Theology, Church History I, Bible Study, Patrology, (Year 1) Church History II, Canon Law and Church Administration, Ecclesiology, and Homiletics (Year 2). 

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

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Quick Facts

Length: 4-6 years

Study Pace: Part-time (50%) or full time (100%)

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

Level: Seminary education that can be combined with Allmän kurs

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.