Abate Gobena teaches Patristics and Eastern Christian Theology (Tewahedo) at the Tewahdo seminary. He qualified with a BTh. from Holy Trinity Theology College in Addis Ababa where he has also taught. His research interests are in Eco-theology, Church History, Patristics, and Hagiography and he is currently a PhD student at Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm). Fr Abate lives in London in the UK and serves as parish priest at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church there.
Fr. Abate also has a BSc. in Agro-Engineering and Mechanization (Hawassa University, Ethiopia), an MSc. in Biodiversity Conservation (Gottingen University, Germany), an M.A. in Sustainable Development (Middlesex University, UK) and an MSc. in Forest and Nature Management (SLU, Sweden).
He is involved in several research projects: Eco-Theology and Environmental Ethics (ECOTHEE-2019); Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction & Eco-Justice (SAPREJ-2020); European Academy of Religion (EuARe-2020) Bologna.
“If you are theologian you will pray in truth, and if you pray in truth you are a theologian”. St. Ephraim
Gobena, Abate, 2023. Sanctity and Environment in Ethiopian Hagiography: The Case of Gedle Gebre Menfes Qiddus. Stockholm: Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm.