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“Now, most of our bishops are well educated, but not many are fluent in English or other languages. These students have the benefit of a more modern education and will serve as better ambassadors to the world outside of Ethiopia.”

“This new facility will help us modernize further,” added Abune Timotheos. “We’re making do, but there are only so many improvements we can make to the existing facilities.”

The archbishop also plans to offer post-graduate programs. As for the funding for this multimillion-dollar project, the archbishop hopes for local and foreign donors.

“The church, and this college, has only recently emerged from a period of suffering,” he said. “During that time, I think the people realized even more how important the Orthodox tradition was in this country. We are making sure that tradition continues.”

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Paul Wachter is assistant editor of ONE magazine.

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