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Visiting Professor of Liturgical Theology

Fr. Mebratu Gebru, Ph.D.


Fr. Dr. Mebratu K. Gebru got his theological formation from the Holy Trinity Theological College of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church's Patriarchate in Addis Ababa. Upon the completion of his undergraduate studies at the college, he taught there as a graduate assistant instructor for about two years. In 2003 Fr. Gebru got a scholarship to pursue theological studies at master’s level at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto. His master’s thesis on the Christology of his own ecclesial tradition was revised and published by Gorgias Press, entitled: Miaphysite Christology: An Ethiopian Perspective. While working towards his Ph.D. in theology at the same university, he was ordained a priest in 2008 at St. Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto where he served as a youth educator. As he had developed a particular interest in the Ethiopian liturgy since he was pursuing undergraduate studies, such interest was ultimately demonstrated in his doctoral thesis which he wrote on the theological and sacramental dimensions of creation in the Ethiopian liturgical rite and successfully defended in April 2012. Aside liturgy, Fr. Gebru’s research interest includes: Ethiopian Christianity, Orthodox spirituality and ecclesiology.

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