Woman claims to be St. Mary, out from monastery
A woman who claims to be St. Mary reincarnated was thrown out of Wocnhi Monastery in Western Shoa.
Head of the local Holy Synod, Abba Haile Girorgis Terfe told Sima Tsidqe, the bimonthly official Ethiopian Orthodox Church newspaper, that the unnamed woman has been disseminating heresies in Addis Ababa and other towns before moving to Wonchi St. Kirkos Monastery, near Ambo two years ago, where she established her own sect and made claims like, “My mother having been resurrected was taken up to Heaven. I am St. Mary reincarnated. I will give birth to Christ soon.”
The head told the paper that the Wonchi Holy Synod had reported the case to the Addis Ababa Holy Synod and brought the case to Wonchi woreda court.
The woman managed to gather a sizable amount of followers from the locality and tried to take control of the church, creating confusion and division amongst the faithful, says the paper. The church authorities, after giving her some grace period, finally decided to eject her from the monastery.
Two years ago, the woman in cahoots with a former soldier has led astray followers at Entoto mamere Noh Kidane Meheret Church in Addis Ababa following through her mission that she was Messiah or Christ. She once attempted to crucify herself before police stopped her.