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General manager to Dioceses appointed

A former theological college assistant dean, Fantahun Muchu has been appointed as the General Manger for the Addis Ababa Dioceses of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church. His principal focus will be to assist the Patriarchate’s office in the administration of the dioceses, it was said.
The weekly Amharic paper, Negadras reported that the Holy Synod Assembly has introduced the new appointee to staff of the diocese, churches and monasteries heads yesterday. The Patriarch attended the welcoming ceremony and gave instruction to the new administration on various issues such as preparation for the forthcoming Meskel celebration.
Office of the dioceses that has been closed for more than fifteen days is expected to be opened today.
According to Negadras, Fantaun has been assistant dean of St. Paul Theological College in Addis Ababa and is currently doing his PHD in Belgium, Brussels. It’s not clear how he would handle his demanding post with his PHD study.
The Addis Ababa Diocese is led by Auxiliary Bishop and General Manager. But since the suspension of the Auxiliary Bishop Abune Samuel, the general manager Likee Memehran Mekuriya Desalegn has also been discharged from his post.
Though Fantahun’s appointment was unanimously approved by the synod at the last meeting, six archbishops, including Abune Timoteos and Abune Samuel didn’t attend the session.
Abune Samuel is suspended from his position as Auxiliary bishop, and it was decided that his case be studied by an independent committee to be viewed by the Synod Assembly in October 2009.Unitl then, he will not be involved in any work in the diocese but will get his salary and keep his vehicle, driver and home.

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  1. Deacon Mitiku
    July 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    The Holy Synod has rightly chosen a dynamic leader and capable figure to assist tin the care of the Tewhedo family. I am sure the church can move ahead with the negative exposure that it has getting recently.

  2. llpol
    July 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Hello Arefe,

    Would you be kind to translate and post the interview Abune Samule, the now suspended bishop, gave to one of the local amharic newspapers, Addis Adams, some two months ago(May 23, 2009). I thought that would somehow help people understand the good causes he’s carrying and why he is also pushing for reform.

    May the Lord protect our Church!

    Here is the link: http://www.addisadmass.com/Yesemonun/news_item.asp?NewsID=254

  3. July 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I’m working on a lengthy profile of Abune Samuel. I’m definitely using the interview you mentioned. There are also some other articles about him in Ethio-channel newspaper which, I feel, are also rich source. I hope to finish in two or three week’s time. Thanks.

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