Ethiopian Catholic Eparchy of Emdeber
|Eparchy of Emdibir
|Ecclesiastical province||Addis Ababa|
|Area||9,176 km2 (3,543 sq mi)|
|(as of 2004)
|Denomination||Ethiopian Catholic Church|
|Established||25 November 2003 (13 years ago)|
|Cathedral||St. Anthony Cathedral|
|Bishop||Abune Musie Ghebreghiorghis|
- 25 November 2003: Established as Eparchy of Emdibir from the Metropolitan Archeparchy of Addis Ababa
- Sufffragan Eparchs (Bishops) of Emdibir
- Musie Ghebreghiorghis, O.F.M. Cap. (November 25, 2003 – present)
Emdibir Eparchy is a new Eparchy established in late November 2003 and became the third Eparchy of the Ethiopian Catholic Church in the country. The Eparchy is established as a result of long year’s presence and service in the area. It is located in Southern West of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, covering 2 Zones, namely: Guraghe Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Regional State /SNNPRS/ and some part of South – Western Shoa Zone of Oromiya Regional State. It borders to the North West by Western Shoa Zone of Oromiya Regional State, to the south by Hadiya and Kembata Timbaro Zones of SNNPRS, to the East by Silte Zone of SNNPRS, and to the west by Gibe River. The total land area of the diocese is about 12,000 square kilometers with an estimated population of 4 million. The major ethnic groups are Guraghe and Oromo’s with a variety of minority ethnic communities.
Emdibir Catholic Secretariat (EmCS)
Emdibir Catholic Secretariat (EmCS) was established in April 2004 with the mandate to coordinate and facilitate all Pastoral, Social and Development activities of the Catholic Church in the Eparchy of Emdibir. The overall goal and objective of EmCS is promoting “Human Integral Development” which implies the development of people both materially and spiritually.
The Secretariat has two main wings/departments under it. One is the Pastoral Activities Co-Coordinating wing, which deals with Pastoral activities of the Church in general. The other wing is the Social and Development Coordination wing, which mainly deals with the Socio- economic and Development promotion activities of the Church within the jurisdiction of the Eparchy. The Secretariat Office is now well equipped by qualified professional personnel to discharge its duties and responsibilities in Pastoral activities and promoting Socio- economic Development activities of the Church for the Communities / Societies in the Eparchy.