Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 12:01 AM
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--one God, Amen...
Dear Members of the AOC--YahooGroup:
We hope that you are sustained by the Word of God, the Maker of All--our
Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
I would like to inform everyone that His Eminence--Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq
has passed from this transient world [12/20/05. 11:25PM, EST] to the next,
may the Hand of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Comfort of our Lady, the Holy
Virgin Mary be with him during the journey of his soul (Amen).
I am sure that some of you may be familar with H.E. Abuna Yesehaq, who was
and is very well known, not only in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church
communities, but in other communities as well--s piritual and secular.
H. E. Abuna Yesehaq was born in Ethiopia in 1936 and then became a monk at a
very early age. He excelled in spiritual knowledge as well as in secular
studies. After being ordained archdeacon, he ascended to the rank of priest
and then archpriest.
Abuna Yesehaq, earlier known as Abba Laike [Mandefro] excercised the ability
to lead others at an early age during his clergyhood. After becoming megabe
(or Chief of the Monastery), he became an administrator at Debre Libanos.
Abatachin (or our Father) Abuna Yesehaq was amongst some of the earliest
clergy that was sent to the Western Hemisphere by the Holy Synod of the EOTC
and by the Emperor Haile Selasie I. H.E. Abuna Yesehaq shared with me the
story of his mission here to the West (the Americas). He told me, "H.I.M.
Haile S elassie I summoned me to the Royal Palace and I was afraid...What
could the King be seeking from me? I'm only a monk!"
He continued, "H.I.M. ordered me to be a missionary to the West, especially
those of the African Diaspora...I started to cry inside of my mind."
Then the King asked me, "Are you afraid?!"
"No!" I said, "Your Majesty." Then I returned to my cell and cried.
H.E. Abuna Yesehaq continued to tell what unfolded and how it hurt him to
leave his country, but his conscience and the Emperor reminded him, "The
King of Heaven and Earth, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said that all of
us are apostles and must preach the gospel to the four corners of the
world...baptizing the believers in the name of the Father, the Son and the
After some years, Abuna Yesehaq was consecrated bishop and then Archbishop
and Primate of the EOTC in the Western Hemisphere.
He received a Doctorate of Divinity from Princeton University (School of
Theology), St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox Seminary; a degree in Psychology
and English Literature from NYU.
There are a host of accomplishments that may be mentioned on the part of
this blessed Archbishop. He was very stern when necessary, but
compassionate at the same time. In my opinion, H.E. Abuna Yesehaq was so
kind, he could be mistaken for a push-over.
Unfortunately, Abuna Yesehaq's Primacy and (Arch) Bishopric was negated in
1992-3, due to a host of complexities. This caused his detachment from the
Patriarch and Holy Synod of the EOTC. H.E. Abuna Yesehaq continued to
established many EOTC's i n America, Canada, West Indies and South Africa.
Those who were sons, daughters and friends of Abuna Yesehaq will miss him
and pray for his soul.
May God Almighty allow his soul to rest in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and
Your brother and servant in the name of the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac
and the God of Jacob,