In welcoming Archimandrite Mandefro Mr. Manley said that his presence symbolized two things,
....closer relations between church and state.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey
"Even the church here itself it was established through his desire. We: He said, worship our God; through the Eyes of Ethiopia, and so we have it here now."
...Government should work closely with the Church
The Gathering of the People
In welcoming Archimandrite Mandefro Mr. Manley said that his presence symbolized two things, which he regarded of significance to Jamaica – the new dialogue between Africa, Jamaica, and the development of closer relations between church and state.
The Prime Minister said that he genuinely believed that any government that denied itself to spiritual advice impoverished itself by this denial.
He continued to say that one of the greatest experiences he ever had was three years ago when as Leader of the Opposition he was received in audience by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie.
The Archimandrite disclosed that there would be a baptism of 300 souls in Jamaica shortly and that he hoped to have a pastor from Africa to guide them. He also said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church was one of the oldest Churches on earth dating back to the visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon.
"....Does the name Rastafarian, applied to an individual or group, diminish that individual's or group's humanity or citizenship? "For many years Rastafarians just existed; today they are seeking, with their own incentive, because of the Orthodox Church to establish themselves as citizens of Jamaica, the world, Black Men and children of GOD. ......From my own experiences with Rastafarians since my first visit to the island last year, I know them to be an honest, peace loving, God-fearing and very creative people and by their membership in an ancient Christian Church obviously do not oppose Christianity."
(The Daily Gleaner, Abba Yesehaq. 1971)
"....It is the responsibility of the church leaders to work in unity for the growing religious life of churches, and this must be done without trying to convert others from that which they remain attached, because such ideas bring conflicts among nations. We have seen the great fighting between the Romans and the Ethiopians. Revolt after revolt broke out, when the Roman Christians attempted to to bring the Ethiopian Christians under the Pope of Rome."
(The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church And It's Activities in the West - Nation which has been the Fountainhead of Civilization,
Abba L. Mandefro p.32 ©1971)
- Churches Established By Abuna Yesehaq
- Jamaica - West Indies, Holy Trinity - Maxfield Park, Kingston 13: May 23, 1970
- Jamaica - West Indies, St. Mary of Zion - Ocho Rios, St.Ann: January 27, 1972
- Jamaica - West Indies, St. Micheal - Montego Bay, St.James
- Jamaica - West Indies, St. Gabriel
- Jamaica - West Indies, Emmanuel - Olympic Gardens, Kingston 11
- Jamaica - West Indies, Medhane Alem - Linstead, St. Catherine
- Jamaica - West Indies, St. Tekle Haimanot - Trinity Village, St.Thomas
- Jamaica - West Indies, St. Mark - Savannah La Mar, Westmoreland
- Jamaica - West Indies, Kidane Miheret - Murray Mountain, St. Mary
- Jamaica - West Indies, Spanish Town Mission
- Toronto - Ontario, Canada - July 23, 1972
- Los Angeles, California - Saint Tekle Haimanot Church - February 27, 1973
- London, England - Saint Mary of Zion, May 24,1974
- St.Kitts - February 25, 1982
- St.Thomas, United States Virgin Islands - St. Gabriel Mission - January 24-27, 1985
- Port Elizabeth, South Africa - 1988
- Church property consecrated By Abuna Yesehaq
- Tampa, Florida - Saint Mary of Zion, July 19, 2004
....Whomsoever will may come