This program is designed to train and prepare ‘servant’ priests who wish to serve the Orthodox Tewahedo Church in parish ministry. The course lasts two years and is taught in Tigrigna or Amharic.
The course includes advanced Zema (liturgy and hymns) which enables candidates to lead sacramental and liturgical services as a priest. In addition to this the candidates are expected to complete advanced Ge’ez studies and 8 theological training modules; i.e. Dogmatic Theology, Church History I, Bible Study, Patrology (Year I) and Church History II, Canon Law and Church Administration, Ecclesiology, Homiletics (Year II).
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to celebrate sacramental services in accordance with the Tewahedo tradition and will also understand the Church’s administrative procedures so that they can lead a parish in accordance with canons of the Church. In addition, students will get the opportunity to develop pastoral skills under the guidance of qualified teachers.
To be enrolled in the program, students must have successfully completed the Deacon Training Program in the Tewahedo Tradition or an equivalent level of liturgical studies.