Glory to Jesus Christ!
This week has been a busy one that has seen us finish our first full week of classes. Our student chaplaincy began on Sunday. They meet in our chapel at 9:30 every week for Matins, followed by Divine Liturgy (and then fellowship) at 11:30. If you’ve never experienced the joy of praying with a chapel where the average age is twenty-five, come join us one Sunday! On Monday we celebrated the patronal feast of our Chapel, Sts Joachim and Anna. We had numerous students and staff members come out for this great celebration which included Matins and the Divine Liturgy. At the end of liturgy on both Sunday and Monday we also had the blessing for students at the beginning of the academic year, praying that our Lord may keep them strong in the faith, preserve them from the works of the evil one, and that they may not be taught that which is not true. A strong dose of holy water followed for each student (and teachers too!).
The hallways have been bustling with students and there are a few new faces among their numbers. Tuesday the faculty of theology held a welcome event for all students, and both myself and Dr Butcher were happy to see so many new faces. Today is the opening Mass for the new academic year, celebrated by our chancellor, Msgr Terrance Prendergast SJ, who will lead us in the Mass for the Holy Spirit.
We have several upcoming events, so please continue to check out our updates and see our chapel schedule online. As always, please don’t forget to remember us, whether financially or, certainly, in prayer. This new academic year is one with some excitement and challenges, and we’re asking all our supporters, if possible, to pray and/or fast Friday morning between 10 and 12 pm (EST). One of our alumni, Ilie Babota, is being ordained to the holy diaconate this Sunday, as well! Please remember him in prayer! May God bless all of you for your continued support of the future of our Churches!
Sheptytsky Institute Staff Meet with His Excellency Vladyka Stefan
On Wednesday September 4, Frs Alexander, Peter, and Andriy met with His Excellency Kyr Stefan (Chmilar), Eparchial Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada for Ukrainians as well as the eparchial chancellor, Fr Bohdan Bilinsky. At this meeting they were able to discuss many of the exciting new projects which are being undertaken by MASI and MASIF, and some new possibilities were examined. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements!
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.