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Church Council

The St. Mary Eritrean Orthodox Church Council consists of five elected members or a number of members according to the needs of the church. It is responsible to the Parish assembly for conducting all Parish affairs. The members of the Church Council are elected for a term not to exceed two years. The Church Council members hold regular meetings and special meetings whenever the Priest or a majority of the Church Council shall deem it necessary.


Roles of the Church Council

The main duty of the parish council is to put together plans and priorities for the parish community. It sets policies for council members and the church as a whole, and it is responsible for making sure that programs that are planned are implemented. The Church Council also serve as an advisor to the Priest in setting the overall direction of the Parish Community. As the selected representatives of the St. Mary Eritrean Orthodox Church, the Parish Council shall act as the entity that provides the strategic oversight for the spiritual and operational functions of the Parish. The Parish Council work closely with and advise the Priest, members of the Parish staff, various spiritual leaders, and members from the community at large on matters related to the overall mission of the Church.

The Parish Council duties are to attend divine services regularly and to participate in the sacramental life of the church thereby setting an example for the Parish, to administer the affairs if the Parish in such manner as to aid the Priest in the fulfillment of its aims and purposes, establish a stewardship program, appoint a stewardship committee to implement and expand the stewardship program of the Parish, to collect the revenue of the church, issuing receipts and paying by check the salaries of the Parish personnel, Parish expenses, budgetary grants-in-aid for the Parish educational and philanthropic organizations, and manage Parish property.


Current Church Councils







 Nigsty Rasu
Council Chairman
Vice Chairman
    Dawit Ocbai
Habtezgi Girme
Yosief Tekeste  
Elesa Ambaye
School Administrator
  Medhanie Tesfu
Property Manager
Food and Beverage Administrator