What’s Happening at MASI This Week? 28 October

Glory to Jesus Christ!

November this week! Wow. The year is flying. Our students had a (hopefully) restful study break and got back into classes last week. It is with sadness that we received news that Alphonse Lutz, a subdeacon and great benefactor of both MASI and SPU, reposed in the Lord on 22 October. His funeral is this morning in Ottawa. Details will be posted below for any who have not yet received them. This past week I was on my canonical retreat in Mississauga, and just as I was leaving Queen of Apostles retreat centre Fr Peter was arriving for a few days of Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue. We both wound up at St Elias the Prophet in Brampton on Sunday for a splendid hierarchical liturgy that commemorated the end of the year of faith. We’ll look forward to receiving photos (which we’ll share on the website) later this week.

This Friday is the anniversary of the repose of Metropolitan Andrey, our patron, inspiration, and certainly intercessor. Please continue to pray for his beatification. In the UGCC there will be a national collection (i.e. held in every parish) this week in Canada to support the Institute, so please remember us as much as you are able. As always, your prayers are the greatest comfort and need.

God bless you all!

-Fr Alexander

 

Fr Josiah Trenham Speaks at MASI

On Friday October 18 Fr Josiah Trenham, PhD, gave a fantastic talk at Saint Paul University entitled “John Chrysostom for the 21st Century.” A crowd of nearly 100, mostly university-aged students, gathered for an inspirational evening about the life of St John and his enduring legacy. Fr Josiah, an Antiochian Orthodox priest from California, is a father, a writer, and an active speaker and has a popular podcast on Ancient Faith Radio. For those who missed his lecture, it is available here. This lecture was made possible by the generous financial support of St Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Ottawa.

Fr Ghattas opening with a prayer

Fr Ghattas opening with a prayer

Fr Josiah

Fr Josiah

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Fr Peter and Fr Ghattas

Fr Peter and Fr Ghattas

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Some of those gathered for the lecture

Some of those gathered for the lecture

MASI Alumnus Subdeacon George and Fr Alexander

MASI Alumnus Subdeacon George and Fr Alexander

MASI's all-star support staff: Julie and Lorraine

MASI’s all-star support staff: Julie and Lorraine

Canon law student Andrew and BTh/STB student and seminarian Tom at the reception after the lecture

Canon law student Andrew and BTh/STB student and seminarian Tom at the reception after the lecture

 

Fr Alexander Participates in Eparchy of Toronto Clergy Retreat

On Monday October 21 the clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada gathered at Queen of Apostles retreat centre in Mississauga for four days of spiritual exercises led by Rev Dr Michael Kwiatkowski. Approximately 40 priests gathered for this retreat, along with two deacons and His Excellency Vladyka Stefan, Eparchial Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada for the Ukrainians. Since the clergy are so dispersed, these retreats offer an opportunity for both prayer as well as mutual support in the sacred sacerdotal fraternity. This retreat was preceded by a clergy conference (“soborchyk”) during which many topics were discussed, such as the impending visit of His Beatitude Sviatoslav to the Eparchy of Toronto.

2013 Eparchy of Toronto Clergy Retreat

2013 Eparchy of Toronto Clergy Retreat

 

+Subdeacon Alphonse Lutz

Subdeacon Alphonse Lutz passed away October 22, 2013. May his memory be eternal! Alphonse had a close relationship with Saint Paul University and the Sheptytsky Institute as well as Holy Spirit Seminary. He donated hundreds of books to the Jean-Léon Allie Library as well as financial donations.There is even a room named after him in the Guigues Building!

If I may quote from some words penned by Fr Andriy, to be read today at the tryzna memorial meal:

Alphonse in his Ukrainian embroidered shirt, greeting us with the words “Slava Isusu Khrystu,” spoken with his wonderful Swiss-German accent — that is a memory I will cherish.  Alphonse clothed in his sub-diaconal vestments, serving at the Divine Liturgy in the Sheptytsky Institute Chapel of Sts. Joachim and Anna, sometimes a little slow, sometimes perhaps even a little bewildered, but always so very happy and very grateful to be able to serve the altar of the Lord: that is not only a memory that he has left with us, but also a lesson for us as well.  For me, Alphonse is the very  image of a man who epitomized generosity  and at the same time  made us feel as if he was the one on the receiving end.
Memory Eternal! His funeral will be celebrated this morning at 10 AM at St John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine. His Obituary is available here.
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Upcoming Events:

November 22-24: Iconography Course at MASI, led by Fr Ivan Nahachewsky

Iconography Course - Flyer Nov 2013

January 19: Theophany , Services Begin at 11 AM, Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, QC)

January 23, 7:30 PM: Lecture by Fr Robert Wild: Tumbler of God, Chesterton as Mystic