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Monasticism in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church:A Brief Introduction

The Ethiopian OrthodoxTewahido Church was closely associated with and considerably dependent on the Coptic Church for sacramental and spiritual leadership, since the return of St. Frumentious from Alexandria to Aksum in the 4th century as the first Metropolitan/Archbishop until the establishment of Patriarchate in 1959 AD. Due to the same reasons, the identity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was often understood as an offshoot or a lesser form of Coptic Christianity. However, an unprejudiced glimpse into the nature and

Organizational Structure

The diocese is administered by a bishop and will have the following organs


Addis Ababa Diocese has been establish next to Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church Secretariat office based on the church structure in the capital city of the country and is undertaking its activity. The office is a huge which carryout multi-dimensional activities in a strengthen way

Mission and Vision of the Diocese

Mission: To lead churches which are found in Addis Ababa appropriately, teach the religious followers and enable to receive spiritual service in the required way under the structure of the church, surface good administration in monasteries and diocese . . .

Background of the Diocese

In accordance with Ethiopian Orthodox Church Constitution (Kaleawdi) chapter six, Article 38 up to 45, next to the secretariat office, it is essential for the unity of the church to establish a diocese and working to actualize its church doctrine in line with the church structure.

Message from Addis Ababa Diocese

In the name of the father and of the son and of the HSpiritirit one God Amen.

My beloved and spiritual believers,
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church occupies a unique place among African countries and the Christendom at large for the longstanding historical contribution being apostolic, ancient, historic and national. Apart from the religious service, churches and monasteries have been contributing for the spiritual, social and economical betterment of the country.

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Message from His Holiness Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Church at the Church