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Parish Priest Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition – Part time, Online


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

The Program includes advanced Ge’ez and Zema (liturgy and hymns) which will enable candidates to lead sacramental and liturgical services.

After completing this program, candidates should be able to celebrate the sacramental services of the church in accordance with the Tewahedo tradition, as well as understand and follow the Church’s administrative procedures in order to lead a parish in line with the canons of the Church. In addition, participants will get the opportunity to develop ministerial skills working together with their fellow participants under the guidance of qualified instructors.

In order to enroll in the parish priest program, participants must have successfully completed the diaconal training program in the Tewahedo tradition or equivalent liturgical studies.

This online option is for those who are interested in the priest program but are unable to participate on Campus. Students study online, part-time with the approval and guidance of the rector of the seminary.

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Quick Facts

Length: 2 years

Study Pace: Part-time (50%)

Teaching Hours: Daytime
Type of Instruction: Distance (online)
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna, Amharic & Geez
Location: Campus Södertälje

Level: Seminary education

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.