MASI Connections at the Triennial Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Former MASI Student, Ambassador Andrew Bennett, Delivers Plenary Address at Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto
On November 8, the Canadian Ambassador of the Office of Religious Freedom, His Excellency Andrew Bennett, PhD, delivered a plenary address at the Twenty-fourth Triennial Congress of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto. Dr. Bennett spoke on the importance of guaranteeing religious freedom throughout the world, including the former USSR. A former student of the Sheptytsky Institute and former member of the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation, Dr. Bennett mentioned the Institute three times in his address. He noted what an important centre it is for disseminating knowledge concerning religion in Eastern Christian lands. Dr. Bennett became a member of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church ten years ago, and serves as the subdeacon and cantor at the Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy, a ministry of the Sheptytsky Institute.
Dr. Bennett and the members of the panel that discussed freedom of conscience: Danylo Bilak of Kyiv; Serhiy Kvit, rector of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; and Pavlo Khobzey, vice-rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University.
Fr. Peter Galadza Participates in Panel on Church and Community at UCC Congress in Toronto and Serves Liturgy for Delegates
Fr. Peter Galadza was among four panelists who spoke during a workshop at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto on November 9. The panel was devoted to the question of the relationship between the Ukrainian community and the Church. Pictured from left to right are Volodymyr Chewchuk, president of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto; Archpriest Ihor Kutash of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Montreal (and a sessional lecturer at MASI); Jars Balan, moderator; Fr. Galadza; and Markian Shwec, UCC Executive member. The room was filled to capacity and included the metropolitans of the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, as well as the two bishops of Toronto, and other clergy. Fr. Peter’s power-point presentation was very well received with many participants requesting digital copies of it.
Fr. Peter after the Divine Liturgy that was served for delegates of the UCC Congress at the Airport Marriott. During the announcements, Fr. Peter praised Paul Grod, UCC president, and Eugene Czolij, president of the Ukrainian World Congress, for their exemplary participation in the Liturgy. Mssrs. Grod and Czolij are also members of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.
We want to congratulate MASIF Director Pavlo Grod on his re-election as president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress! This organization is being recognized as so influential that this year’s congress included visits from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcaire, and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau!