Organizational Profiles

ETHIOPIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH EPARCHY OF BAHIR DAR – DESSIE CATHOLIC SECRETARIAT (ECC-EBDCS) PERMANENT PROFILE

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Institutional Name: Ethiopian Catholic Church Eparchy of Bahir Dar-Dessie Catholic Secretariat ECC-EBDCS.

INTRODUCTION

Ethiopia is one of the oldest nation where Christianity is introduced dating back to the early centuries. With its historical and commercial strong connection with the Middle East time immemorial: common beliefs, people’s movements, and commercial trade. Christianity came to Ethiopia during the apostle’s time [Acts 7]. With division of the Church into West and East, Ethiopia which had a direct link with the Patriarchate in Alexandria automatically lost its communion with Rome. Different efforts have been exerted to establish link between Ethiopia and the Holy See and finally in the 16th century the catholic faith was once again re-established. Since then working in harmony with the dominating Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church and other evangelical denominations, now a time the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has grown to 13 dioceses throughout the country.

In order to expand and deepen its evangelization through pastoral, educational and other social developments, the Holy See has decided to install a bishop for newly establish eparchy called Bahir Dar Dessie.  The new eparchy is based in BahirDar and caters for three communities quite different in nature. Under the jurisdiction the newly installed Bishop who was the Auxiliary Bishop of Arichdiacess of Addis Abeba the diocesan priests, Congregation of Cistercian Fathers, Comboni Missionaries of Fathers and Sisters [MCCJ), Franciscan Capuchin Brothers [OFM], Vincentian Lazarist Fathers [CM], Missionary of Charity and Franciscan Missionary of Christ, Ursoline Sister, Maids of the Poor congregations are working hand in hand in proclaiming the good news. The BahirDar Dessie eparchy is made up of different administrative zones, ethnic composition and religious mix. In order to address the pastoral, developmental and social needs of the society, BahirDar Dessie Eparchy Catholic Secretariat designs its engagements accordingly.

Bishop Lisane

YEAR OF ESTABLISHMENT

The Holy Father Pope Francis on 19th January 2015 erected the Eparchy (Diocese) of Bahir Dar-Dessie (area 221,775, population 16,215,850, Catholics 17,544, priests 24, religious 47), in Ethiopia, with territory from the metropolitan Archeparchy of Addis Ababa, making it a suffragan of the same ecclesiastical circumscription. The new diocese in Ethiopia has joined together the two districts of Bahir Dar and Dessie. The Holy Father appointed Bishop, Lisane-Christos Matheos as the first Bishop of the new diocese. Until his appointment Bishop Christos Matheos has been the Auxiliary Bishop of Addis Ababa. The new Bishop of Bahir Dar – Dessie, Lisane-Christos Matheos was born in 1959 in Addis Ababa. He was ordained priest in 1988 and holds a degree in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. The headquarters of the new diocese will be in Bahir Dar.

VISION OF Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie Catholic  Chruch

To See each and every individual person in the eparchy where all Its Spiritual, Physical Socio-Cultural Needs Are Met, and all People Are Living In Harmony. So that finally all may inhert the promise of the lord, eternity.

MISSION OF Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie Catholic  Chruch

The mission of Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie Catholic Church is to bear witness to the love of God (Acts 1:8) by promoting the integral human development of all members in the Eparchy in particular the faithfull  by ensuring salvation of all human being through evangelization, awareness raising and capacity building  with the aim of individual and social transformation.

AREA COVERAGE OF ECC-EBDCS

The Eparchy of  Bahir Dar – Dessie comprises 8 Zones of Amhara Regional State (North Gondar, South Gondar, East Gojam, West Gojam, Agew Awi, Wag Hemra, North Wello, and South Wello) Special Oromiya Zone and 1 Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Regional State, Metekel Zone and 3 Zones of Afar Regional State (Zone 1, Zone 4 , and Zone 5)

The newly eparchy comprises of 8 zones of Amhara Regional state North Gonder, South Gondar, East Gojam West Gojam, Awi, Wag-Hemra, North wollo, South Wollo, Special Oromia Zone,  Metekel Zone from Benshangul Gumuz and Zone 1,4 &5 from Afar. Approximate Figure:  224,350 Sq.Km Populations 18,484,104

Before the alleviation to Eparchy level, the catholic socio- pastoral activity in Amhara and Benshagul gumuz area has been implemented by Archdiocese of Addis Ababa, in 2007, for close follow up and effective implementation of different activities, the Archdiocese has established a branch office in Bahir Dar. Then, after three years, due to the vastness of the Archdiocese and massiveness of the work to be done, Emeritus Pop Benedict 16th appointed an Auxiliary bishop for Archdiocese of Addis Ababa, while alleviating Branch office of Bahir Dar to Pastoral Territory level.

Indeed the has lesson a great challenges of the branch office and create an opportunity to broaden the work of Catholic church and strengthen, the first and new evangelization program in the Pastoral Territory. But still there was an immense work load on the responsible Bishop. In January 2015, Pope Frances felt need of alleviating the pastoral Territory to Eparchy level, and appointed a full responsible bishop to overlook the socio-pastoral activities of the catholic church as well as encourage the faithful, strengthen, ecumenical relation with sister churches.

Wings of Eparchy

Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie has two wings as Ethiopian Catholic Church has. The mission of the Eparchy is rung to overcome the objectives of the two wings, which are listed below:-

Pastoral Activities Coordination Office

PACO is stands for the Pastoral Activities Coordination Office. The office facilitates the implementation of the Pastoral objectives and policies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in the Eparchy.

Social Development Activities Coordination Office

SADCO is stands for the Social and Development Activities Coordination Office. The office facilitates the implementation of the Social and Development objectives and policies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in the Eparchy.

VISION OF SDACO

To See A Society Where All Its Spiritual, Physical Socio-Cultural Needs Are Met, Where All People Are Living In Harmony.

MISSION OF SDACO

To Promote Socio-Economic And Spiritual Development Of The Community, To Ensure Growth And Self Reliance Through Evangelization, Awareness Raising And Capacity Building.

OBJECTIVE OF SDACO

Ensuring the dignity of human person, Caring for the poor & marginalized empowering solidarity and stewardship

PERMANENT ADDRESS OF ECC-EBDCS

The eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie has the following permanent address

Tel: 00.251.058.220.19.27

Fax: 00.251.058.226.32.75

P.O.Box: 1420 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Facebook: Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie

Website: Coming soon

Pastoral Zones in the Eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie

Amhara regional government Pastoral Zone

Historical Background

After the Universal Church was split into East and West, recurrent visit has been made to Ethiopia by missionaries between the 12 to the 18th Century.  The North Western part of the country used to be the seat of the Central government which had intermittent contact with Rome. Strong was link was maintained in the 15th century and onwards. Today we find a rising member of faithful in the big towns of Bahir Dar, Gonder, Debre Markos and Injibara. The majority of the people adhere to the monophyste Ethiopian Orthodox Church which has a good relationship with the Holy See. Cooperation and Ecumenical unity is always present. Still among the emerging agro/industrial society, the civil service and the university community the number of the Catholic faithful is increasing.

Parishes in the Eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie

Bahir Dar Parish

The House in Bahir-Dar is located 3 kilomtres from the centre of Bahir-Dar and the compound contains a High School, a small Catholic Church and a parochial house. The Parish of Bahir Dar is served by two Vincentian priests. The Vincentians in Bahir Dar run the Blessed Gabriel Catholic High School. The people living in the immediate area of the school have, in the past been excluded from the society at large as a result of their poverty. The school is located in Kebele (District) 13, in the southern part of Bahir Dar. The area is mainly occupied by farmers who have to walk sometimes in excess of 20 kilometres to get to the parish church and school. It is not common for women to work, and their responsibilities include looking after the children and household chores. Often, their husbands are left with very little option but to leave the area in search of better jobs, thereby abandoning their families, which results in a very difficult situation for the women, who often have to resort to begging to feed their children. The children often end upon the street themselves, as they have to education and have no options in life.

Background Information

Parish Name: Kidane Miheret Convent Parish

Number of Catholics: 200 and University Student 65

Parish Priest: Abba Iyasu Tesema (CM)

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Woreda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 13

P.O.Box: 1640, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Tel: +251-058-2202651

Email: Iyasu68@yahoo.com

The present Photo of the Parish of Mary of Covent in Bahir Dar:

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Bahir Dar

  1. Bahir Dar Blessed G/Michael Catholic School (Kg to Grade 8)

Run By: Daughters of Charity Sister

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 13

P.O.Box: 313

Tel: 00.251.058.220.10.72

  1. Bahir Dar Blessed G/Michael Catholic School (Grade 9 to 12)

Run By: Ethiopian Lazarist Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 13

P.O.Box: 1640

Tel: 00.251.058.220.59.21

  1. Bahir Dar Abay Mado Catholic Academy (Kg to Grade 12)

Run By: Ethiopian Society of Jesus Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: Abay Mado

Established in:

P.O.Box:

Tel:

Fax:

Email:

  1. Bahir Dar St Vincent Catholic School (Kg to Grade 4)

Run By: Daughters of Charity Sister

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 14

Established in:

P.O.Box:

Tel:

  1. Bahir Dar Women Promotion

Run By: Daughters of Charity

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 13

Established in:

P.O.Box: 313 Bahir Dar Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.220.64.81

  1. Grace Center for the Mothers and Children

Run By: Ethioipan Catholic Church Eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie

Region: Amhara

Zone: Bahir Dar Special

Wereda: Bahir Dar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 13

Established in:

P.O.Box: xxxx Bahir Dar Ethiopia

Tel: xxxxxxxxxxxx

Gondar Parish

Parish Name: Our Lady Queen of peace (Debre Selam Catholic Church)

Number of Catholics: 300

Parish Priest: Abba Desalegn Yosef

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Woreda: Gondar

Town: Gondar

P.O.Box: 175, Gondar, Ethiopia.

Tel: +251-581-110212

Fax: +251-581-111.11.26

Arbaba chapel: served from Parish of our ladt Queen of peace, Gondar

The present Photo of the Parish of Our Lady Queen of peace in Gondar:

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Gondar

  1. Gondar Debre Selam St Mary Catholic School (Kg to Grade 12)

Run By: Ethiopian Cistercian Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Wereda: Gondar

Town: Bahir Dar

Kebele: 01

Established in:

P.O.Box: 175

Tel: 00.251.058.111.02.12/12.24.58

  1. Gondar Arbaba Catholic Elementary School (Kg to Grade 8)

Run By: Daughters of St.Anne

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Wereda: Gondar Zuria

Town: Gondar

Kebele: 20

Established in:

P.O.Box: 175, Gondar Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.114.05.66

  1. Gondar St Raphael Boarding School for the Blind

Run By: Daughters of St.Anne

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Wereda: Gondar Zuria

Town: Gondar

Kebele: 20

P.O.Box: 175, Gondar Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.114.05.66

  1. Arbaba Health Unit

Run by: Daughters of St.Anne

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Wereda: Gondar Zuria

Town: Gondar

Kebele: 20

Established in:

P.O.Box: 175, Gondar Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.114.05.66

  1. Care of the poor in the town

Run by: Missionaries of Charity

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Gondar

Wereda: 3

Town: Gondar

Kebele: 18

Established in:

P.O.Box: 19, Gondar Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.114.04.31

Debre Tabour Chapel

Parish Name: Debre Tabor St Mary of Covent Chapel

Parish Priest: Abba Iyasu Tesema (CM) From Bahir Dar

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Gondar

Woreda: Debre Tabor

Kebele:

P.O.Box:

Tel: +251-911-34-29-26

The present Photo of the Chapel of in Debre Tabor:

Debre Marikos Parish

Parish Name: Debre Marikos: St Joseph Parish

Number of Catholics:100

Parish Priest: Currently not Available

Region: Amhara

Zone:  East Gojam

Woreda: Debre Marikos

Town: Debre Marikos

P.O.Box: 271 Debre Marikos Ethiopia

Tel: +251-587-713505/03

The present Photo of the Parish of St Joseph in Debre Marikos:

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Debre Marikos

  1. Debre Marikos Kindergarten

Run By: Parish

Region: Amhara

Zone: Gojam

Wereda: Debre Marikos

Town: Debre Marikos

Kebele:

  1. Debre Marikos Home for the Sick and Dying Destitute

Run By: Missionaries of Charity

Region: Amhara

Zone: East Gojam

Wereda: 1

Town: Debre Marikos

Kebele:

P.O.Box: 271, Debre Marikos Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.058.771.35.02

  1. Irrigation Program in Debre Marikos

Run By: Parish

Region: Amhara

Zone: East Gojam

Wereda: 1

Town: Debre Marikos

P.O.Box: 271, Debre Marikos Ethiopia         Tel: 00.251.058.771.35.02

Injibara Hostel

Number of Catholics: 30

Parish Priest: Served by Lazarits from Bahir Dar

Region: Amhara

Zone: Agew

Woreda: Kosober

Town Kosober

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Injibara

Dessie Parish

Parish Name: Kidane Mehret Parish

Number of Catholics: 252

Parish Priest: Abba Wondowessen Wubie, OFM.Cap

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Dessie

Kebele: Dessie

P.O.Box: 50, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.12.12

The present Photo of the Parish of Kidane Mehret in Dessie:

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Dessie

  1. Kindergarten:

Run by: Ursuline Sisters

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Dessie

Kebele: Dessie

P.O.Box: 532, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.12.87

  1. Orphanage and bordering school for girls:

Run by: Ursuline Sisters

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Dessie

Kebele: Dessie

P.O.Box: 532, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.12.87

  1. Bordering school for boys:

Run by: Capuchin Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Dessie

Kebele: Dessie

P.O.Box: 532, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.12.12

  1. Kidanemeheret Comprehensive elementary and secondary school

Run by:  Capuchin Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Koombolicha

Kebele: Koombolicha

P.O.Box: 50, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.20.83/76.94

Fax: 00.251.033.111.43.04

Email: catholicschoolwollo@yahoo.com                  Website: www.wollocatholicschool.com

Kombolcha Parish

Parish Name: Holy Savior Parish

Number of Catholics:

Parish Priest: Abba Wondowossen Wubie

Region: Amahara

Zone: South Wollo

Woreda: Kombolicha

P.O.Box: 118, Kombolicha Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.0335.51.39.98

Tel: 00.251.0335.51.00.23

Tel: 00.251.0335.51.45.80

Fax: 00.251.0335.51.39.98

The present Photo of the Parish of Holy Savior in Kombolicha:

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Kombolcha

  1. Kindergarten, Comprehensive preparatory school

Run by: Capuchin Fathers

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Koombolicha

Kebele: Koombolicha

P.O.Box: 118, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.111.12.87

  1. Kindergarten and primary, primary and secondary junior school

Run by: Parish

Region: Amhara

Zone: South Wello

Woreda: Koombolicha

Kebele: Koombolicha

P.O.Box: 118, Dessie Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.551.05.61

Fax: 00.251.033.111.43.04

Email: fthramnanuel@yahoo.com

Kobba Parish

Parish Name: Saint Joseph

Number of Catholics: 103

Parish Priest: Abba Negash OFM.Cap

Region: Amhara

Zone: North Wollo

Woreda: Rayana Kobbo

Kebele: 04

P.O.Box: 180, Welidiya Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.334.00

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Kobo

Education

Primary, Junior and Secondary School

Run by Capuchin Brothers

Orphanage and boarding school for boys

Run By: Capuchin Fathers

Region: Amahara

Zone: North Wollo

Wereda: Rayana Kobbo

Town:  Kobbo

Kebele: 04

P.O.Box: 180, Welidiya Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.033.334.00.41

Tel: 00.251.033.334.06.27

Social Work

Kindergarten, Orphanage and boarding school for girls

Run By: Ursuline Sisters

Region: Amahara

Zone: North wollo

Wereda: Rayana Kobbo

Town Kobbo.

P.O.Box: 180

Tell: 00.251.033.334.00.41

Fax: 00.251.033.334.06.27

Afar Regional Government Pastoral Zones

Historical background

31st august 2006, was a day of sadness and disaster. In Addis Ababa was the funeral of the young sister Sr.M. Clemence. In Afar were all the containers burned out. Sr Clemence came to Ethiopia and one year later she died of an aggressive form of cancer. Coming back from the funeral Sr Benedicta got a phone call from a sister in Semera/Afar. Sister all our 8 containers are burning. We lost everything. We have no food, no water, even the Chapel container is burning. We could not save the Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament.

Fr Bernardo and Sr Stefanita told me: After the mass for the Sr Clemence we were brought by the contractor to the districts commissioner Mr. Mohamed. He told us twice “You have to go away from here.” After two hours waiting we left to our sick. There we heard that all the containers were burning. We went by mni-bus and saw that the containers were burning. We lost aa we had. The containers with food and oil for the poor. The chapel container with Tabernacle. All our clothes, documents, prayer books, administration, passport, photo albums, nothing is left.

On July 24th 2005 I was 50 years a priest In the desert of Afar, East Ethiopia, 600km away from Addis Ababa, four missionaries of Charity Sisters of Mother Teresa had no priest. There I was privileged to celebrate with the sisters Holy Mass on the day of my Golden Jubilee as a priest. It was the first Mass on their new territory. In the open air and on the warm desert sand. It was unforgettable Experience.

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Semera Parish

Parish Name: St Mary Parish

Number of Catholics: 65

Parish Priest: Currently not available

Region: Afar

Zone: Zone1

Woreda: Dubti

P.O.Box: 120, Semera, Ethiopia

Tel: 00.251.0336.66.03.75

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Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Semera

  1. Hostel Program:

Grade 8, 9, 10

Run By: Missionaries of Charity

Region: Afar

Zone: Zone1

Wereda: Dubti

Town: Semera

P.O.Box: 120, Semera Ethiopia

Tel: 00. 251.0336.66.03.65

New Station: Care of the poor in the Town

Run By: Missionaries of Charity Sisters

Region: Afar

Zone: Zone1

Wereda: Dubti

Town: Semera

Tel: 00.0335.56.00.41

P.O.Box: 120 Semera, Ethiopia

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Beneshangul-Gumuz Region -Metekel Zone Community

Historical Background

Beneshangul-Gumuz is one of the 11th National Regional States Administrative Regions of Ethiopia. It covers an area of 49,289.46 kms. The region is divided into three Zones, namely Metekel, Assosa and Kamashi. Metekel Zone consists of seven weredas. Gilgel Beles is the capital city of Metekel Zone. It is situated in the North East of Ethiopia, 546 Km far from the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

The earliest recorded visit by members of the Catholic Church to the area of the Beneshangul-Gumuz people along the Eastern Sudanese border North to South dates back to 1937. The Comboni Missionaries have been visiting the area and wore engaged in pastoral activities since then.

In 2003 onwards the Comboni fathers as wells as Comboni Sisters firmly established their mission in the area and have been working unceasingly ever to reach out to the people of Beneshangul-Gumuz. Ground breaking works of studying the Gumuz language, translating Catholic Liturgy into the local language, catechetical trainings water well digging, literacy campaign, establishing health posts, primary education went underway side by side growing season by season.

The Beneshangul-Gumuz area is one of the least developed part of the country where the economy, literacy and sanitation levels are their lowest level with archaic and harmful tradition still being practiced. Before the intervention of the Catholic Church in this area, the people maintained animistic beliefs.

Over a period of decade with the support of the Archdiocese, The Comboni mission worldwide and benevolent organizations, today the Catholic Church has a strong, growing presence in the area. The Comboni Missionaries; the fathers and the sisters have established their bases at Gilgel Beles and Mandura respectively. Effectively making use of their meager resources they serve 36 outstations of chapels, prayer stations (under tree shade), clinics (stationary and mobile), primary schools (KinderGartens, Gr 1 to 4 and alternative primary education). The outstations scattered throughout the Beneshangul-Gumuz region take to a maximum of 2 to 3 hours to reach mostly seasonal roads. Decade of hard work is bearing fruits as one can easily witness the number of catechumens, baptized children, youth and adolescents, native catechists. In addition the basic sanitation, literacy level has shown marked progress in the region due to the effort exerted by the church to alleviate the dire situation these forgotten Children of God find themselves in.

In addition to the Combonis, The congregation of Franciscan Missionary of Christ opened a house in Gelgel Beles with hope of establishing Woman Promotion Centre and other related services. In the meantime the FMC sisters are working hand in hand with their MCCJ brothers and sisters assisting them in Catechetical and clinical service.

Parishes in Beneshangul-Gumuz Region

Gilgle Beles Parish

Parish Name: St Mary mother of the church Parish

Number of Catholics: 400

Catechumens: 250

Parish Priest: Abba Joaquim J.Moreira da Silva, mccj

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone:Metekel

Woreda: Mandura

Town: Gilgle Beles

Kebele: Gilgel Beles 02

P.O.Box:24 Gilgel Beles

Tel: +251581190086/85

30 outstation of First Evangelization: Catechumen 2000

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Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Gilgle Beles

Women Promotion and Pastoral work in the parish and in the village

Run by: Franciscan Sister of Missionary of Christ.

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone:Metekel

Woreda: Mandura

Kebele: Gilgel Beles 02

P.O.Box:58 Gilgel Beles

Tel: +251-0910.74.68.45 (Sr Felekech)

Residence of the Franciscan sisters of Christ

Women promotion and pastoral

Work in the parish and in the village

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Mandura

Kebele: Gilgel Beles 02

P.O.Box: 58, Gilgle Beles

Tel: +251-0910.74.68.45 (Sr Felekech)

Activities

Educations

St Daniel Comboni Kindergarten (Gilgle Beles)

Run by: Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus

Region: Benshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Wereda: Mandura

Kebele; Gilgle Beles 02

P.O.Box: 24 Gilgle Beles

Tel: 00.251.058.119.00.85

Girls Hostel and Women Promotion

Run By: Franciscan Sister of Christ

Region: Benshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Wereda: Mandura

Kebele; Gilgle Beles 02

P.O.Box: 58 Gilgle Beles

Tel: +251-0910.74.68.45 (Sr Felekech

Mandura Parish

Parish Name: Holy Savior

Number of Catholics: 350

Parish Priest: Abba Joaquim J.Moreira  da Silva, mccj

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Mandura

Kebele: Gilgel Beles 02

P.O.Box: 66, Chagin

Tel: +251-058-231-0495

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Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Mandura

Residence of the Comboni Missionaries Sisters

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Mandura

Kebele: Kuter Hulet

Comboni Missionary Sister

P.O.Box: 66, Chagin

Tel: +251-058-231-04-95

(Mandura Wereda) & Jinteha(Dangur Woreda)

Literacy school and/or Alternative Education (Amarach)

Run by: Comboni Missionaries

In Kuter Huter and Esisa (Mandura Woreda) Students’ Hostel

Run by: Comboni Missionaries

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Dangul

Kebele: Gublak

Health

Metekel Catholic Clinic Health unit (Kutir Hulet)

& service of mobile clinic in the villages

Run by: Comboni Missionary sisters

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda:  Mandura

Kebele: Kutur Hulet

p.o.Box  66, chagni

Tel.00.251.0582.31.04.95

New Dawn Kindergarten (Kutur hulet)

Run by: Comboni Missionary sisters

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda:  Mandura

Kebele: Kutur Hulet

p.o.Box  66, chagni

Tel.058-231.04.95

Wo Bolecaya Kindergarten (Manjare)

Run by: Comboni Missionary sisters

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda:  Mandura

Kebele: Manjare

Long term and Immediate Undertakings.

Though lots of ground breaking achievements have been scored, a lot remain to be done by the Church and other stakeholders: the govt. and other organizations. The immediate challenge to be faced is to cater for the people according to the new resettlement program. The Gumuz people due to their ancestral life style of hunting and pastoralism they find themselves scattered in the bushes far from main roads. The government is implementing resettlement program in designated centers alongside the main road in order to provide the people with basic infrastructural development.

Accordingly the Catholic Church has to follow the faithful and build the required infrastructure of chapels, water-wells, schools and clinics. Though some of the already constructed buildings have to abandoned, the fact that the people are brought to villages along the main roads have quite significant advantages today and on the long run to render better service to a larger number of communities. It’s envisaged that the each new village should have a compound consisting a chapel with a cross and a bell on top and a service center of either a school, or clinic or a woman promotion center.

Another typical challenge faced today is the society opting for fratricide due to adultery and mistrusts. By promoting Adult Education on Christian basic values, Humanity, Ethics, Tolerance and the likes a brighter future can be built. Furthermore girls have to be encouraged to go to school which will ultimately help their betterment.

Pawe Area Community

Historical Background

The South and South Western part of the country happens to be densely populated which led to the  overgrazing of the arable land, to the extent  sufficient agricultural product could not be collected even to feed the people in the area. Therefore the government back in 1970’s started reallocating the people to other fertile lands in the South-West and North-West: Gambella region and Pawe area respectively. Though this resettlement program has its advantages from infra structural development point of view since it did not take into consideration the people’s willingness, it had lots of adverse effects. Some families wanted to return back to their original place and [perished along the way. The resettlement areas were infested with tropical disease carrying harmful bacteria’s and epidemics broke out from time to time. In addition to that there were times when ethnic clashes with the original settlers of the new area sparked and some were left dead and others returned back to the South.

The People who settled in the Pawe area had a background of strong faith from a properly developed Catholic life style assisted with a network of religious congregation and catechists at chapel level. That setup was broken when the faithful resettled in Pawi area without no priests, brothers or nuns. For years, the few catechists available tried their best continuing the practice under tree shades and elders houses just to keep the faith alive. For the sake of survival joint ecumenical services were being carried out with fellow Christians from other evangelical sects. Lazarist missionaries (CM) of Ethiopian & Eritrean origins based in Bahir Dar used to come a couple of times a year (for big feasts like Christmas and Easter) to give the Holy Sacraments (Baptism, Holy Communion, Holy Matrimony).

With the relentless effort of Paulos Cardinal Tzadwa (rip) a church Building was built in Pawe and the then Vicar Abba KidaneMariam Gebray cemented the broken link between the Metropolitan Archdiocese and the community in Pawe area. Prominent Christian were trained as catechists and once gain the faithful thirst was being quenched at least partially. Unfortunately another ethnic clash erupted and a big sized exodus back to south (including the catechists save one) occurred. After the arrival of the Capucin brothers opened a friary in Pawe in 19xx, one again the Catholic faith started growing in numbers and depth a conference with the Bishop

Long term and immediate undertakings.

In Pawe community in general, “disconnection” from the Mother church and absence of Catechists for a long period of time has resulted in a weakened understanding of the Catholic teachings. The fact that the people succeeded to sustain their faith by forging an ecumenical relationship with other Christian groups has produced some adverse effect which blocks the propagation of the faith. Still there are more opportunities to do proper evangelical work to expand and deepen the faith in the surrounding.  Recruiting more Catechists, devising ways of financial supporting them Ongoing Catechetical Formation for the youth and adult according to their level Re-establishing traditionally catholic liturgical services like Holy Mass, Adoration/Benediction Group Rosary in such appealing away to the people Proper signs and prints to indicate the chapels are places of worship (Roof top Cross, Bell tower, the chapels name Bill board, Weekly Services Notice Board). Linking with Churches in other part of the country and the rest of the world with same patron saints a catholic school in Pawe.

Pawe Parish

Catholics: 1500

Parish of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Parish Priest: Abba Mathewos Philipos, OFM.Cap

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Wereda: Pawe

Tpwn: Pawe

P.O.Box 10, Pawe

Tel.00.251.058.550.01.88

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12 Chapels Served by Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mar

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Pawe

Activities

Education Kindergarten

Run By: Maid of the poor sisters

Elementary School Grade 1-4

Run By: Capuchin Fathers

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Wereda: Pawe

Town: Pawe

Tel.00.251.058.550.01.89

Health

Eye clinic

Run By: Maid of the poor

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Wereda: Pawe

Town: Pawe

Tel.00.251.058.550.01.89

P.O.Box 45, Pawe

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Debatie Parish

Parish Name: Debatie Catholic Church

Number of Catholics: 12

Parish Priest: Abba Tekilemariam Amanuel

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Debatie

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Kebele: Debatie 02

Tel: 00.251.0911.00.19.14

Email: tekleabulamo@gmail.com

Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Debatie

Hostel for Students

Run By: Eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie Secretariat

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Debatie

Kebele: Debatie 02

P.O.Box: ___

Tel: 00.251.0911.00.19.14

Email: tekleabulamo@gmail.com

Gublak Area Catholic Churches

Introduction

The Mission of Gublak was officially opened on the 15th of March, 2011, commemoration of the birthday of St. Daniel Comboni. The parish is dedicated to the Blessed Daudi and Jildo, Martyrs of Paimol (Uganda). The community came to live permanently in Gublak on the 1st of July, 2011, feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The territory of the Parish belonged previously to the Parish of Gilgel Beles and comprises now the districts (wereda) of Dangur and Gubba (Metekel Zone). In the district of Dangur there are 40.000 people; 14.000 of whom are gumuz. In the district of Gubba there are about 12.000 people, the practical totality of them gumuz. At the time of the division of the two Parishes there were already six chapels (or villages where we went for catechesis) in the Dangur area: Bepwak’ua, Daboh Kokel, Dilisambi, Jimtehea, Maka Sefer and Kola. There was also a small centre in Gublak, built mainly for the students. This centre is now the provisional lodging of the community until the new mission is built. It is called Br. Fernando Acedo Centre because it was Brother Acedo who built the small house of the community some months before his untimely death in June 2009. The new Parish started with about 60 baptized Catholics. This number has been growing steadily.

The Mission and its activities are open to everybody without any religious or ethnic distinction. But, since the so called “red” of the highlands (Agew, Amahara, Shinasha) are already either Christians or Muslims, our pastoral activity is addressed mainly to the Gumuz. More so because, socially speaking, these are the most isolated and neglected and because the “red” never come to our prayer meetings.

Gublack Parish

Parish Name:  Blessed Daudi and Jildo

Established in: 15th March 2011

Number of Catholics: 248

Parish Priest: Abba Isaiah Sangwera

Region: Beneshengul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda: Dangur

Kebele: Gublack

P.O.Box:

Tel: +251-975-527612

Email: nyakundii@yahoo.com

In Gublak Parish there are 7 Chapels and 10 Villages

1. Dibaguiya

2. Gublak: Brother Acedo centre

3. Dilisambili: St. Bakhita

4. Jimteha: Uganda Martyrs

5. Dabohkokel: St Raphael

6. Main Parish-Blessed Daudi and Jildo

7. Ic’ici

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Catholic Institutions (Programs) in Gublack

Activities

Youth center and Library ‘Fernando Acedo

Run by: Comboni Missionaries

Region Benishangul Gumuz

Zone: Metekel

Woreda:  Dangur

Town: Gublak

Kebele: Gublack

Email: nyakundii@yahoo.com

Tel: +251-975-527612

Alternative Education (Ammarach)

Run by: Comboni Missionaries in Jinteha

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Eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie Catholic Secretariat Office

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Wings of Eparchy

Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie has two wings as Ethiopian Catholic Church has. The mission of the Eparchy is rung to overcome the objectives of the two wings, which are listed below:-

  1. PASTORAL ACITVITIES CORDINATION OFFICE (PACO)

PACO is stands for the Pastoral Activities Coordination Office. The office facilitates the implementation of the Pastoral objectives and policies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in the Eparchy. Departments under PACO:-

  1. Department of Peace and Justice
  2. Department of Social Communication
  3. Department of Ecclesia Movement and Migration
  1. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES COORDINATION OFFICE (SDACO)

SDACO is stands for the Social and Development Activities Coordination Office. The office facilitates the implementation of the Social and Development objectives and policies of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in the Eparchy. Departments under SADCO:-

  1. Department of Food Security and Emergency
  2. Department of Women and Families Affairs
  3. Department of Health and HIV Unit
  4. Department of Education Unit
  5. Department of Agriculture and Irrigation Unit

PERMANENT ADDRESS OF ECC-EBDCS

The eparchy of Bahir Dar – Dessie has the following permanent address

Tel: 00.251.058.220.19.27

Fax: 00.251.058.226.32.75

P.O.Box: 1420 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Facebook: Eparchy of Bahir Dar Dessie

Website: www.bahirdardessiecatholic.org

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