Abuna Yesehaq to be buried in Jamaica
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Abuna Yesehaq, the late Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
(EOC) in Jamaica and the Western Hemisphere who died on December 29,
will be buried in Jamaica on January 19.
According to a press release from the local chapter of the EOC, Abuna
Yesehaq, who died at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Centre, Newark,
New Jersey, USA, will be buried in a mausoleum on the church premises
at 89 Maxfield Avenue, Kingston.
Formerly known as Abba Laike Mandefro, he is the first Ethiopian
archbishop to have died in the Western Hemisphere. His body will lie
in state at the National Arena from 11:00 am to 12 noon, and the
funeral service will follow.
Abuna Yesehaq, who was 72-year-old at the time of his passing, had
been a monk all his life. He was born in Ethiopia and grew up in the
monastery from he was three years old.
"The most important reason he is being buried in Jamaica, is because
he came here on a mission specifically directed by His Majesty,
Emperor Haile Selassie I, to establish the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
This was because of the love the Jamaican people have for Ethiopia
and His Majesty," said a spokesperson of the church, who told the
Observer that it was also the personal wish of the Archbishop.
The priest, who in 1970 established the EOC here with branches
islandwide, also established chapters in England, Canada, South
Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the US Virgin Islands, Guyana, St Kitts
It was his life-long vision to erect the first Ethiopian Orthodox
Cathedral in Jamaica, which is currently being built on the church
premises where his remains will be interred.