Capuchin to Lead New Eparchy in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, NOV. 25, 2003 ( John Paul II established the Eparchy of Emdeber in Ethiopia and named Franciscan Capuchin Father Musie Gebreghiorghis as its first bishop.

The eparchy is suffragan to the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Addis Ababa.

Father Gebreghiorghis is currently rector of the Capuchin priests’ Philosophical and Theological Institute in Addis Ababa, a key institution for all the ecclesiastical circumscriptions of southern Ethiopia, according to a statement issued by the Vatican press office today.

Musie Gebreghiorghis was born in Eritrea on July 26, 1949. He entered the Order of Capuchin Friars in 1962, and made his perpetual vows in 1974. He was ordained a priest two years later. He studied Franciscan spirituality in Ireland.

The Emdeber Eparchy numbers 18,400 faithful in 14 parishes served by 16 secular priests, six religious priests, and 12 women religious.