What’s Happening at MASI this Week? August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013

We are already here at the last week of August! Where has the summer gone? In less than a week our courses are beginning and students are already wandering the hallways. There are many changes at Saint Paul, with a lot of infrastructure improvements having occurred over the summer. This week we had a bit of excitement at MASI when a bat somehow got into the building! This summer has seen a lot of excitement: a new director, our summer institutes (both in Edmonton and Univ, Ukraine), and a rare time to catch up on filing in Ottawa. Our thanks go to Annette Wellman, our summer student who did an EXTREME amount of work helping us get caught up on the administrative tasks of the institute! Her last day with us was August 16.

As we are in the “crunch” time before the semester, please remember to say a prayer for our staff and students! Also, if you are in the area, please come to our opening liturgy, September 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm! There will be a brown-bag (aka bring your own) lunch presentation after on the Institute’s programs and courses. See you there!

-Fr Alexander

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Ottawa Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy at Shepherds of Good Hope
For several years now, a former Sheptytsky Institute student, Mary-Veronica Martin (front row centre – blonde hair), has been spearheading a volunteer program at the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa. Every month she gathers from 10 to 20 young people as part of the Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy commitment to staff a free lunch program for the needy at the Shepherds. Two years ago she was able to extend the commitment that she had made already five years ago to a year-round involvement in serving free meals for hundreds of street people. Saturday, August 17, fifteen volunteers responded to Mary-Veronica’s appeal. She uses Facebook and other social media to contact members of the Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy and others. The Chaplaincy is part of the Sheptytsky Institute’s ministry to students in Ottawa. It organizes Sunday services, retreats and other extra-curricular events and is under the spiritual guidance of Fr Peter Galadza. This year the chaplaincy’s first liturgy will be Sunday September 8, 2013.
Volunteers from the Holy Cross Eastern Catholic Student Chaplaincy at the Shepherds of Good Ho

Volunteers from the Holy Cross Eastern Catholic Student Chaplaincy at the Shepherds of Good Ho

Fr Peter speaks at the “Searching the Sacred” Symposium in Ft Wayne, Indiana

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and the University of Saint Francis in Ft Wayne, IN organized a symposium called “Searching the Sacred” on Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 2013. Speakers included: Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, retired Professor of Patristics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI; the Rev. Dr. Silviu Bunta, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, and the Very Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza, Professor of Liturgy, Sheptytsky Institute, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. The three symposium presentations on Saturday can be found on the Ancient Faith Radio website.

Dr. Adam DeVille, chair of the Department of Theology at St. Francis University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and editor of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, introduces Romanian Orthodox theologian, Fr. Silviu Bontu.

Dr. Adam DeVille, chair of the Department of Theology at St. Francis University in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and editor of Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, introduces Romanian Orthodox theologian, Fr. Silviu Bontu.

Fr. Peter Galadza speaks at the Symposium, "Searching for the Sacred," co-sponsored by St. Francis University and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Fr. Galadza's talk is available on Ancient Faith Radio along with the other talks.

Fr. Peter Galadza speaks at the Symposium, “Searching for the Sacred,” co-sponsored by St. Francis University and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Fr. Galadza’s talk is available on Ancient Faith Radio along with the other talks.

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Upcoming events:

September 4: Classes begin, NO DIVINE LITURGY

September 8: Chaplaincy services begin, 10:00 Matins, 11:30 Divine Liturgy

September 9: Feast of Sts Joachim and Anna, 11:00 Matins, 12:00 Divine Liturgy, 1:00 Presentation (bring your own lunch!)

September 26, 7:30 PM: Sheptytsky Institute Public Lecture: Servant of God Catherine Doherty: A Bridge Between East and West. Presented by Fr Robert Wild (Madonna House). Saint Paul University Ampitheatre. Freewill offering at door

October 18, 7:30 PM: Lecture by Fr Josiah Trenham