A new tradition is developing at the Sheptytsky Institute, a true “Eastern Christian Feast for the Mind and Heart” – MASI Study Days.
Over 200 Eastern and Western Christians, united by their quest for authentic spiritual life in Christ, were assisted by some of the best contemporary theologians from around the globe.
Fr. John Behr, Dean and Chancellor of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, Archimandrite Robert Taft, S.J. of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome and Martha Shepherd of the Madonna House Apostolate in Ottawa were this year’s plenary speakers at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.
Workshops leaders included Fr. Shenouda Boutros, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, Fr. Peter Galadza, Fr. Roman Galadza, Presvitera Denise Jillions, Fr. John Jillions, Fr. Maksym Lysack, Presvitera Yvonne Lysack, Fr. Andrew Onuferko, Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky, Presvitera Melita Mudri-Zubacz.
Fr. John’s presentation was a beautiful addition to his recently published book, The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death. Fr. Taft’s lecture on Liturgy as the source of authentic spirituality provided a truly inspiring and refreshing look at the Divine Service we attend every Sunday morning, so often forgetting its life-giving meaning. Martha Shepherd introduced the participants to the beauty and challenge of life in the spiritual desert as a remedy to the consumerist wilderness of the 21st century.
The highly successful second Study Days and the overwhelmingly positive feedback encourages the Institute to keep working and praying towards the next – third – MASI Study Days, tentatively scheduled for Ottawa from June 27-30, 2010.
For more information about the Sheptytsky Institute’s Study Days, its academic programs, liturgical life visit contact the Institute at (613) 236-1393, extension 2332 or at the toll-free number in North America: 1-800-637-6859, extension 2332.
*direct quotation from one of the participants