Vocations

The Abyssinian Apostolic Church acknowledges the three major Orders of the Apostolic Priesthood (Deacon, Priest, Bishop). We accept both male and female clergy and endorse clergy who have completed the requirements for reception into Holy Orders including, but not limited to the following:

Diaconate: the following requirements are for Permanent Deacons

Min. Age: 21 years old

Education: A Bachelors Degree from a recognized and accredited school; completion of Catechism and Spiritual Formation, completion of all the requirements for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology via the Metropolitan Christian University.

Requirements:

  1. Must be a communicant of a parish in communion with the Abyssinian Apostolic Church and receive the approval and endorsement of his/her Rector or Parish Priest.
  2. Must obtain the approval of his/her Diocesan Bishop.
  3. Must complete the Catechism and Spiritual Formation requirements of the Abyssinian Apostolic Church
  4. Must receive the endorsement of the Vicar for Priests prior to ordination.

Priesthood: the following requirements are for Transitional Deacons working towards full Priesthood

Min. Age: 25 years old

Education: must meet the requirements as specified for Diaconal ordination including, Priestly Formation and all of the requirements for the Master of Sacred Theology (MST) or Master of Divinity (M.Div.) via the Metropolitan Christian University.

Requirements:

  1. Must be a communicant of a parish in communion with the Abyssinian Apostolic Church and receive the approval and endorsement of his/her Rector or Parish Priest.
  2. Must obtain the approval of his/her Diocesan Bishop.
  3. Must complete the Catechism and Spiritual Formation requirements of the Abyssinian Apostolic Church.
  4. Must receive the endorsement of the Vicar for Priests prior to ordination.

To submit a Preliminary Application for the Reception into Holy Orders click here.

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