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Parish Priest Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition


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 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 Allmänkurs where Swedish and English will be used.

The Program includes advanced Ge’ez and Zema (liturgy and hymns) which will enable candidates to lead sacramental and liturgical services. In addition to this, the candidates are expected to complete eight theological training modules over the course of two years. Year 1: Dogmatic Theology, Church History I, Bible Study, Patrology. Year 2: Church History II, Canon Law and Church Administration, Ecclesiology, Homiletics.

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 pastoral 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.

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Quick Facts

Length: 2-3 years

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

Teaching Hours: Daytime
Type of Instruction: On campus
Language of Instruction: Tigrigna, Amharic & Geez
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.