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Sheptytsky Institute Celebrates Successful Study Days in Ottawa

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI) once again hosted Study Days in Ottawa – truly an Eastern Christian feast for the mind and heart. This is the third consecutive year that MASI has reached out to the wider community of Eastern and Western Christians in offering an academic and spiritual conference to enlighten and deepen their faith. Held between June 28th and June 30th, this year’s Study Days focused on the theme “Holiness and Healing.” By almost every account, the three-day gathering of talks, workshops and liturgical prayer provided a special and unique experience for those in attendance.

Plenary speakers included Father Michael Plekon (Professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Baruch College, City University of New York), Father Myroslaw Tataryn (Vice-President and Academic Dean, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo), and Dr. Suzette Phillips (practicing Mental Health and Occupational Therapist).

Dr. Michael Plekon also delivered a special lecture concerning his newly-published book Hidden Holiness to an audience of approximately two hundred people. As a special treat this year, a concert of sacred and classical music for the piano and organ was offered by Maestro Ovid Young, an international musician and composer.

Among the workshops offered were: Psychotherapy: Healing the Soul, Bringing Healing to the Poor, The Holy Mystery of Anointing, Metropolitan Sheptytsky as Wounded Healer, Iconography to Still the Soul, Hospital Chaplaincy, Healing and Spiritual Growth, as well as some sessions of general interest including a mini-course on Cantoring.

Workshop leaders consisted of Fr. Michael Plekon, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, Fr. Myroslaw Tataryn, Presvitera Halia Chirovsky, Presvitera Olena Hanushevska Galadza, Fr. Roman Galadza, Fr. Andrew Onuferko, Fr. Michael Winn, Presvitera Melita Mudri-Zubacz, Marika Hull, Dr. Donna Dobrowolsky, and Subdeacon Brian Anastasi Butcher.

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies is encouraged by the positive feedback received both this year and in past years. Here is a sampling of what some of the participants said about their experience:

  • “Study Days and Sheptytsky Institute have had a positive impact and moved me in a significant way on my journey toward healing and holiness.”
  • “It was a gracious, loving presentation of God’s truth in a manner that facilitates genuine healing inwardly for His Glory.”
  • “I liked the gathering of spirit-filled people, seeking to learn from one another, to bring new resources to their respective communities.”
  • “I liked the plenary and workshops; the beautiful services; the opportunity for contact with top scholars/theologians as a guide to ensure my capability to address questions – liturgical, catechetical – that come up during the year in parish activities.”
  • “Very valuable as a shot-in-the-arm uplifting reminder of our faith calling.”

MASI is preparing for Study Days 2011 and anticipates another successful turnout and event.

For more information please contact Father Stephen Wojcichowsky, Director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Saint Paul University, 613-236-1393, extension 2332, or you may wish to email him at swojcichowsky@ustpaul.ca.

MASI is also looking forward to Edmonton Study Days with an entirely different program of speakers and topics which we are co-hosting with the Eparchy of Edmonton from July 30 to August 1 later this summer. For further information, please contact the eparchy at (780) 424-5496 or visit their website.