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Parish Priest Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition (2023-2024)


This program provides the environment, structure and guidance necessary for the intellectual and personal formation for servant priests who wish to serve the Orthodox Tewahdo Church in parish ministry. This two-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 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 nine theological training modules 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.

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 according to 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 deaconal training program in the Tewahedo tradition or equivalent liturgical studies.



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: Full time (100%)

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

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 for part time students