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The Patriarch: Spreading the Word of God is vital task

July 5, 2016
By Kassa Nigus

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Holy Trinity Theological College graduates disciples in different departments and programs. The ceremony was attended by His Holiness Patriarch Abune Mathias as well as bishops, heads of departments of the patriarchate and Addis Ababa diocese, parish and monastery administrators, members of the management of the college and families of the graduates. The ceremony took place at the hall of the Church on July 3, 2016.

Ethiopia & the Ethiopian Orthodox Church are two sides of a coin : the Patriarch

Ethiopian Orthodox Church launches 24-hour TV channel

June 28, 2016

By Kassa Nigus & Mesfin Zegeye

pat-blessing-of-eotc-tvv.jpgEthiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church officially launched a 24-hour trial broadcast television broadcast. His Holiness Abune Mathias the patriarch blessed the inauguration of the television broadcast launch in which His Holiness made a statement. Archbishops, members of the Holy Synod, representatives of directorates of the patriarchate and board members of mass communications department attended the ceremony. The event took place on June 23, 2016. Excerpts of the Patriarch statement are summarized below.

Sewasiwe Birhan Saint Paul Theological College Graduates 236 Disciples

June 28, 2016
By Kassa Nigus & Tsegaye Girma 


  Sewasiwe Birhan Saint Paul Theological College under the Ethiopian Orthodox Church graduated 236 disciples at the Patriarchate on June 25, 2016 in the presence of His Holiness the Patriarch, archbishops, various department heads of the Church and monasteries, college teachers, invited guests and families of the graduates.


Establishment of the First Church Dedicated to St. Virgin Mary

June 27/2014
By Kassa Nigus
According to Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, there are 33 prescribed feasts of St. Virgin Mary, among these one is the day when the Apostles assembled, and her Son Jesus Christ came to build the first church of St. Virgin Mary on  27 June/Sene 20  in Philip.

The Feast of Abba Gerima

June 23, 2016

By Kassa Nigus 

Abba Gerima, or Yeshaq (Isaac), is one of the Nine Saints attributed to be the founder of Abba Gerima monastery in 494, some kilometers east of Adwa town, in northern Ethiopia. The monastery is the home of world’s earliest illustrated ancient manuscripts known as ‘Garima Gospels’ which is written and named after a saint himself. Aba Gerima, along with other eight saints greatly influenced the course of religious thought through his writings, contributing to the development of Ethiopian Orthodoxy.


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About Mahibere Kidusan


In 1977 E.C (Ethiopian Calendar) few students of higher education initiated the youth in the compass to become members of Sunday school and know the teachings of the churches. Later, this effort had been strengthened by students trained in the Zeaway Hamere Berehan St.Gebreil Clergy Training Monastery by the Then Arch Bishop of Shewa Abune Gorgorious II.

The movements continued in Bilatie military camp that brought all students of higher institutions in the country in 1983 E.C after a year, with the blessing of the church fathers the associations was set up by the name “Mahibre Kidusan” under the Sunday School Department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Since then the associations has been proving spiritual service.


The association was named Mahibre Kidusan (an association in the name of Saints) Saints would be commemorated in that they abounded the secular world and sacrificed their lives to the orthodox belief for whom the prophets prophesized and apostles evangelized.


  • To organize the youth, who are the children of the church, in higher education under the association and provide them with the teachings of the church.

  • To expand evangelism with various means (ministry, publication, audio and video recordings) in cooperation with the pertinent church bodies.

  • To prepare conditions that enable the educated section of the society support the Orthodox Church with his/her knowledge and assets.

  • To enable the members of the association render free and humanitarian service.

  • To preserve the generation of the dignity and fame of the church fathers.


To keep the youth in higher institutions who baptized and become children of the Holy Spirit from heretics who use various means to trap and deviate to their belief.

To design favorable means for students of higher institutions to know and preserve as well as pass to the next generation the canon and tradition of the church passed on to them by forefathers of the church.

To enable the youth overcome the social problems up on graduation and in serving their country and the church with their profession. To follow up the youth’s adherence and practice of the orthodox belief.


The association shall not interfere in administrative affairs of the church and it is free from and political affiliation.


  1. Disciples who trained in various training institution of the church and providing ministerial activity.
  2. Higher institution students attending Sunday in their respective parishes.
  3. Member of Sunday school or/and parish that provide spiritual service after graduating from higher institution.
  4. The laity who support the objective of the association with their knowledge, money and labor.


Mahiber Kidusan is set under the Sunday School department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It provides spiritual services by its sub centers in the dioceses all over the country and in the Diaspora.