August 8, 2013
August already! The summer has come and nearly gone. It is the time of year at the university that the staff try and get their holidays in before the students get back, repairs and renovations are in full-swing, and our summer students are in a nervous panic with their papers. In the midst of all of this, MASI’s staff has been keeping busy! This week we had some notable travels south of the border. The word about the Sheptytsky Institute and the Ukrainian Catholic Church is getting out there. We need our alumni to carry into the public square more and more the vision of the Sheptytsky Institute!
Fr Alexander attends canon law conference in La Crosse, WI
Fr Alexander traveled to the United States in order to attend the annual La Crosse canon law conference for canonists and civil attorneys on August 1-2. The annual conference is organized by His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. In addition to His Eminence, keynote speakers included Archbishop Alexander Sample (Portland), Bishop Ronald Gainer (Lexington), and Msgr Ronny Jenkins (USCCB general secretary). This conference takes place at the beautiful shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which His Eminence founded in his home diocese of La Crosse. The conference is meant to be part conference, part retreat, and is really a canonical version of MASI’s Study Days.
Fr Andriy attends the 2013 Napa Institute
From August 1-4 Fr Andriy attended the Napa Institute in Napa California. The Third Annual Napa Institute is a high-powered gathering of Catholics from across the United States that brings top-notch speakers and leaders of various dynamic Catholic ministries. It is meant to “equip Catholics in the next America. ”
The Conference Director is Luke Miller, a Ukrainian Catholic. This year both the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Sheptytsky Institute are representing Eastern Chrisitanity at this conferece. MASIF president Fr. Andriy Chirovsky and Dobrodiyka Halyna manned a table with information about MASI/MASIF. Many people were thrilled to find put about our Church and our institute. Fr. Andriy celebrated a well-attended Divine Liturgy. In his homily, Fr. Andriy introduced attendees to some major emphases of liturgical spirituality and encouraged them to get to know both UCU and the Sheptytsky Institute. Among the concelebrants were several MASI alumni: Abbot Damian (Higgins) of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Frs. Ted Wroblicky and James Bankston. Fr. David Anderson, who taught at MASI’s Summer Program also concelebrated. MASI alumnus Deacon Alex Wroblicky also served.
August 7, 2013 – Divine Liturgy, 10 AM, Sts Joachim and Anna