Mission Statement


As a centre of higher learning, research, ecumenical understanding and prayer, the Institute is an autonomous academic unit of the University of St. Michael’s College, offering accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Eastern Christian Studies to both men and women – laity, religious and clergy.


As a centre of higher learning, the Institute is committed to quality education in Eastern Christian Theology and related disciplines.

As a centre of research, the Institute is committed to scholarship and publication in the various fields of Eastern Christian Studies, cooperating with other educational institutions, learned societies and individual scholars.

As a centre of ecumenical understanding, the Institute is committed to fostering respectful and fruitful encounter among the various Eastern Christian Churches (Orthodox and Catholic) and between Eastern and Western Christians.

As a centre of prayer, the Institute is dedicated to integrating academic study and worship of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Founded at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1986, the Institute came under the patronage of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada in 1989. In 1990 became a part of Saint Paul University in Ottawa and, in 2017, part of the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto.


In dialogue with contemporary societies, the Institute hopes to communicate the power of Christian Faith and living Tradition, so that all may share in the very life of God.