Our work in Ethiopia

The 10 Missionaries of Africa working in the Ethiopia come under the EPO Province (Ethiopie Proche Orient/Ethiopia Near East). This consists of Ethiopia, Lebanon and Jerusalem. One of the principal works in this Province is Ecumenism. The Missionaries of Africa were originally invited to Ethiopia by a bishop of the Catholic Ethiopian rite who saw the work of the Missionaries in Jerusalem and was impressed by their respect for the non-Latin rites. There are 4 communities in Adigrat Diocese in the Tigrinya-speaking part of Ethiopia (3 in Adigrat itself and 1 in Wukro) and a community in Kombolcha (North Central Ethiopia), which is mainly Amharic-speaking. Some of the confreres in Adigrat are engaged in the formation of Missionary of Africa students, whereas others run a youth centre and a foyer for street kids (both boys and girls). Adigrat is close to the Eritrean border and is overwhelmingly Ethiopian Orthodox in religion. There are some Muslims and a tiny Catholic population. The confreres in Wukro are involved in an agricultural school and the local university. They also run a social centre and are concerned in reforestation work. The confreres in Kombolcha offer “Come and See” sessions to Ethiopian students who wish to find out more about the Missionaries of Africa. Interreligious dialogue with both Christian and Muslim university students is also part of their mission.

Local facts

Capital: Addis Ababa
Population: 99.47million
Life expectancy: 61.48 years
Access to clean water: 57.3%
Adult literacy: 49.1%
Infant mortality: 53.37 deaths/1,000 live births
Religions: Ethiopian Orthodox 43.5%, Muslim 33.9%, Protestant 18.5%, traditional 2.7%, Catholic 0.7%, other 0.6%

Taken from CIA website,
Updated July 2016

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