On January 18, 2007 the students and staff of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa celebrated the Feast of Theophany at St. Onuphrius Church at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. During the evening, Fr. Andrew Onuferko was honoured for his four and a half years as Acting Director at the Sheptytsky Institute.
The presentation began with the Dean of The Faculty of Theology, Normand Bonneau, thanking his “colleague in administration” for his “unflagging commitment to the Institute, Faculty and University.” Founding Director and Mitred Archpriest Fr. Andriy Chirovsky represented Bishop Stephen Chmilar and bestowed upon Fr. Andrew the title of Canon of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada and presented him with a Holy Cross decorated with jewels. This token of recognition was for Fr. Andrew’s “quiet, humble and prayerful efforts” and for his “dedicated ministry as well as his accomplishments in the academic setting of Saint Paul University and the Sheptytsky Institute.”
Fr. Andrew T. Onuferko, who has been the Acting and Executive Director of the Institute since 2002, will take a sabbatical beginning February 1, 2007 and is expected to return to the Institute as a member of the teaching staff in January 2008.
Fr. Andrew was Founding Director of “Radio Resurrection”, based in Belgium, Vice-Rector of the Patriarchal Curia in Lviv and lecturer in Old Testament at the Lviv Theological Academy (Ukrainian Catholic University). He joined the Institute in 1996 as the Assistant Director for Administration, while continuing to teach courses both at Saint Paul University and in Lviv. He holds a doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontificia Università Urbaniana in Rome. He will be replaced by Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky, who will move from Edmonton to Ottawa to take up this position.