The Apostolic Vicariate of Meki inaugurated the newly constructed Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on May 24, 2016 – on the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Kidanemihret feast day) according to the Ethiopian Liturgical Calendar.
The Cathedral was blessed by His Eminence Berhaneyesus D. Cardinal Souraphiel, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, President of CBCE and AMECEA Chairman during the Eucharistic celebration. The event was also attended by His Grace Archbishop Luigi Bianco, Apostolic Nuncio to Ethiopia, all the Catholic Bishops of Ethiopia and priests from different parts of the country.
The completion of Cathedral that has the capacity to hold more than 1,500 people at a time coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the Apostolic Vicariate of Meki since it was elevated from Apostolic Prefecture. The foundation stone of the new Cathedral was laid six years ago with the hope that Meki town, which is located central to many cities in South of Ethiopia, will be a pilgrimage center to all those who seek the intercession of Our Lady.
The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and inauguration of the Cathedral was attended by clergy, religious men and women, representatives of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and a good number of the faithful from different parts of the country.
The Apostolic Vicariate of Meki entrusted to the Consolata Fathers in 1970. Taken from the Apostolic Vicariate of Harar, and it was erected Apostolic Prefecture on March 6, 1980 with Fr. John Bonzanimo appointed as the Apostolic Administrator. On December 8, 1981 His Excellency Bishop Yohannes Woldeghiorghis was appointed the Prefect Apostolic of Meki. Meki was elevated to Apostolic Vicariate on January 25, 1992 with His Excellency Bishop Yohannes Woldeghiorghis becoming the 1st Apostolic Vicar of Meki. Currently there are 14 Parishes and 82 outstations in the Vicariate and the number of Catholics has tripled since then.∽End∽