Since 50 years the MWI accompanied, together with his partners, younger Churches in Africa and Asia on their way into the future. We support their leaders during their education and we share the vision of a common future.
Prof. Dr. Harald Suermann, Direktor des MWI
Abba Seyoum Fransua comes from Ethiopia. He was born in the Apostolic Vicariate in Meki on August 20, 1970.
His country suffered a lot and still suffers today from the communist dictatorship, the war against Eritrea, ethnic violence and severe droughts. For Father Seyoum, a dialogue between the different social and ethnic groups is the most important condition to enable the economic and politic development of his home country.
On September 5, 1998 he was ordained priest. In the following, he held various different positions: Assistant to the rector of the Major Seminary of Meki, Rector of the Minor Seminary of Kidanemehret, assistant parish priest of the Cathedral of Meki, Assistant to the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretary of Meki.
With the help of the MWI, he studied Missiology at the Pontifical University Urbaniana from 2009 to 2012. In his doctoral thesis, he thoroughly investigated the topic "Making Peace in Ethiopia and the role of the Catholic Church".
On September 8, 2013, he was appointed National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Ethiopia by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The MWI is wishing him good luck and success for his new appointment and God's blessings!