Summer Programs in Eastern Christian Studies

Sheptytsky Institute Study Days

This is a conference for members of the general public – adults and youth alike – who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Eastern Christian theology and spirituality. For those concentrating on academic studies, there is a possibility of earning up to six undergraduate credits by continuing with us for two more weeks of courses and liturgical services.

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MASI Summer Intensive Programs in North America

Since 1987, the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies has offered students the opportunity to integrate the study of the theology, liturgy and spirituality of the Christian East with a lived experience of Eastern Monasticism or community life. From 1987-1999, this was achieved through the Institute’s Summer Intensive Programs at Holy Transfiguration (Mount Tabor) Monastery in Redwood Valley, California, located two and one-half hours north of San Francisco, in the scenic coastal range mountains of Northern California. It was the home of a dozen monks and gained a reputation throughout North America as a centre for authentic Eastern Christian Spirituality. Worship was conducted in English, following the Byzantine-Ukrainian usage. Although Mount Tabor was a men’s monastery, both men and women were welcomed.

From 2000 to 2004, the summer intensive program transferred to the Studite Monastery of the Holy Mother of God in Orangeville, Ontario, about an hour north of Toronto. The program was almost identical to that at Mount Tabor, but offered the possibility of interacting with the rich diversity of dynamic Eastern Christian Churches (both Orthodox and Catholic) available in the Toronto area. For students, various factors made the Orangeville program less expensive than the program in California, particularly those from the Toronto region.

The program then moved to Ottawa, Canada from 2005 to 2007. Participants lived, studied and prayed at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa. As in previous years, two courses (each carrying three university credits) were part of the program. Classroom work was augmented by participation in the liturgical life of the community. This included up to three hours of liturgy a day, along with the fasts appropriate to the liturgical season. There were also field trips, which allowed program participants to encounter various Eastern Catholic and Orthodox communities in the region. Participants had the opportunity to participate in the day-long Canada Day festivities on July 1st ending with a spectacular fireworks display in the evening.

Orangeville participants in 2004

Ottawa Participants in 2006