A Busy Summer for MASI Associates!

Visit of Patriarch Sviatoslav to Ottawa
May 8-9, 2014


Immediately after the May 2 banquet at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto (reported on earlier), Sheptytsky Institute associates were engaged in preparing for Patriarch Sviatoslav’s visit to Ottawa. Here they are shown after the luncheon at the Papal Nuncio’s residence in Ottawa. (Front row, left to right): Archbishop Paul André Desrochers, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops; the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi; Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk; Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ of Ottawa. (Back row, left to right): Fr. Alexander Laschuk, outgoing Acting Director of MASI; Bishop Stephen Chmilar of Toronto; Fr. Peter Galadza, incoming Acting Director of MASI; and Fr. Michael Winn, Rector, Holy Spirit Intereparchial Seminary, Ottawa. In his thank-you letter to the clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of Toronto after his visit to the Eparchy, Patriarch Sviatoslav singled out the directors of the Sheptytsky Institute for their work in facilitating meetings with government officials in Ottawa.


Symposium 2014 Ukrainian Orthodoxy in the Global Family of Orthodox Churches:
Past, Present and Future
May 8-10, 2014 held at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

UOC symposium Toronto May 2014

Fr. Peter Galadza presented a lecture on the liturgical creativity of Metropolitan Peter Mohyla at the groundbreaking symposium organized by members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. The Symposium took place May 9-10 at St. Michael’s College in Toronto. It brought together scholars of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Kyivan Patriarchate, Moscow Patriarchate, Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox, as well as the Orthodox Church of America. Besides Fr. Galadza, another Ukrainian Catholic theologian, Fr. Roman Zaviyskyy of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, was also invited to present a paper.

 Interfaith Service
70th Anniversary of the Forced Deportation
of Ukraine’s Crimean Tatars
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto
May 31, 2014

On May 31, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto was the site of an interfaith service marking the seventieth anniversary of the forced deportation of the Crimean Tartars. Fr. Peter Galadza was asked to create and organize the service, which included representatives of the Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Protestant communities. Fr. Galadza delivered the main reflection during the service. After the service, the book launch of Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi’s latest work, This Blessed Land: Crimea and the Crimean Tatars, took place.

Crimean Tatar Deportation Anniversary Service (PDF)


Professor Paul Robert Magocsi of the University of Toronto with his latest book.


Members of the Crimean Tatar community pose for a picture with Borys Wrzesnewskyj, former member of Parliament, who funded the publication of Professor Magocsi’s book, and Ihor Bardyn. Mr. Bardyn was ene of the organizers of the event. Throughout the 1990s he served as legal counsel for the Sheptytsky Institute and its Foundation.

The Fifth International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy
June 10-15, 2014
Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary at Crestwood, New York


Sheptytsky Institute associates were prominently represented at the bi-annual congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy (SOL). The congress took place at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary near New York City June 10-14. Pictured with Fr. Robert Taft, SJ, the renowned founder of SOL, are (L to R): Fr. John Jillions, former MASI professor (now Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America); Dr. Daniel Galadza, graduate of MASI’s BTh program and the Oriental Institute’s doctoral program (now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Vienna); Fr. Peter Galadza, past president of the Society; Fr. Taft, founder of the Society; Dr. Brian Butcher, assistant professor at MASI; and Dr. Michael Petrowycz, professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, and graduate of MASI’s PhD program.


On the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Fr. Andriy Chirovsky speaks on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to the Acolyte and Youth Conference of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, June 19, 2014.

Orientale Lumen Conference
June 23-26, 2014
Washington, DC


Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, retired professor of Oxford University, and member of the International Advisory Board of the Sheptytsky Institute’s peer-reviewed journal, Logos, poses with Fr. Peter Galadza after their lectures at the Orientale Lumen Conference in Washington, DC June 23-26. The topic of this year’s conference was “The Ecumenical Dimensions of Marriage.” Fr. Peter’s lecture was entitled “Official Catholic Pronouncements Regarding the Married Presbyterate and Presbyteral Celibacy: Their Fate and the Implications for Catholic-Orthodox Relations”


MASI Summer Institute
July 7-19, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario


Christian Charbonneau (standing) delivers his class presentation during a summer semester class. The course was “Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgies.” Seated left to right are some of the students: Deacon Shawn Panio (Roman Catholic from Southern Ontario), Deborah Larmour (Ukrainian Catholic, Saskatoon), and Anastasia Lyras (Greek Orthodox, Ottawa).


International Theological Institute (ITI) in Trumau, Austria


During the summer vacation, Fr. Yuriy Kolassa of the International Theological Institute (ITI) in Trumau, Austria graciously hosted Fr. Galadza. The ITI works under the aegis of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Primate of Austria. ITI attempts to bring the traditions of East and West into creative dialogue.


Faculty of Theology of the University of Vienna

Prokschi photo

During the summer vacation, Fr. Peter Galadza met with the dean of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Vienna, Dr. Rudolf Prokschi. Dean Prokschi, an ecumenist and church historian, was particularly interested in the new publication concerning Sheptytsky’s work in sheltering Jews during the Holocaust.

Summer Fruit for Souls
July 22-24
Providence Spirituality Centre, Kingston

Anglican Lay Readers of the Diocese of Ontario, Kingston, Ontario, July 22-24, 2014

Anglican Lay Readers of the Diocese of Ontario, Kingston, Ontario, July 22-24, 2014

From July 22-24 Dr. Butcher gave a series of workshops to the Anglican Lay Readers of the Diocese of Ontario, as part of their annual formation week known as ‘Summer Fruit for Souls.’ The event was hosted at the Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston. Dr. Butcher’s series was entitled Orientale Lumen: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity, and included presentations on the history of the different Eastern Churches, the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, and the role of icons and the Jesus’ Prayer in Eastern Christian spirituality. In addition to speaking, he led participants in praying First Hour, and organized a field trip to the local Coptic Orthodox parish of St. Mena, where the participants were warmly welcomed for Vespers and a presentation on the Coptic tradition. Contacts made in the context of this visit resulted in Dr. Butcher being invited to bring several MASI students to attend the consecration of the first Coptic monastery in Canada at Perth, as well as a lecture given by Coptic Pope Tawadros at Queen’s University, when the Pope visited the Ottawa region at the end of September.


The Winter That Changed Us
September 4, 2014
St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario

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On September  4, the Sheptytsky Institute facilitated the screening of a series of films about the current situation in Ukraine. The films, one of which had been shown at the Cannes Film Festival, were produced by the Group Babylon 13. Two brothers from Kyiv, Andriy and Pylyp Rojen, along with their Canadian associate, Noella Paton, were present to answer questions about the very emotional footage. The screening provided an opportunity for members of the audience to learn more about developments in Ukraine. Here the Rojen brothers are shown with Madame Inna Prystaiko, wife of the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada, Vadim Prystaiko.


Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival
September 12-14, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

This year, the Sheptytsky Institute sponsored a publicity tent at the Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival in Toronto. The annual September event is the largest festival of its kind outside Ukraine. Literally tens of thousands of people had a chance to see the Institute’s display at least from a distance, while hundreds of individuals stopped to learn details about MASI’s work.


Among the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation members who visited the MASI tent were Paul Grod and his wife, Adrianna. Mr. Grod is President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and a new member of the Foundation.


The next day, Paul Grod brought an old friend of the Sheptytsky Institute, and a new friend of the Institute, to view the display. The old friend is the Canadian Parliament’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney. The new fried is Mr. Taras Bahriy, incoming president of the Toronto Branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress


A future Sheptytsky Institute student (we hope), Emilia Dashko of Toronto. Emilia, who helped set up the display in the tent, holds a poster designed by Annette Hrywna of the Sheptytsky Institute. The poster, which depicts priests and other believers engaged in heroic activity on the Maidan in Kyiv, reads: “Inspired by these people? Learn what inspires them. Study theology, spirituality and liturgy at the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies.”


Sheptytsky Institute Representation at Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit to Ottawa
September 17, 2014


Fr. Peter Galadza with Mr. James Temerty during President Poroshenko’s speech in the Canadian Parliament.

Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program

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Every year the Sheptytsky Institute hosts interns from the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP). The program was created in the early 1990s by the renowned Ukrainian-Canadian lawyer and activist, Ihor Bardyn, a former member of the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation. Here, two newly arrived interns from Ukraine, Artem Shaipov, LL.M, recently the Judicial Accountability Coordinator for the USAID FAIR Justice Project (left) and Petro Zalizniak, another parliamentary intern, discuss their future visit to the Sheptytsky Institute with Fr. Galadza.


“Lunch and Learn” session sponsored by Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom
September 17, 2014
St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario


On September 17, Prof. Brian Butcher of the Sheptytsky Institute, was invited to speak to members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development and other civil servants in Ottawa at a “Lunch and Learn” session sponsored by Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. He gave and introduction to, and overview of, the Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq, in order to contextualize the subsequent speeches by religious leaders from the Syrian Catholic, Antiochian Orthodox and Yazidi communities. The ambassador of the Office of Religious freedom is Dr. Andrew Bennett, a former student of the Sheptytsky Institute and the former vice-president of the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation. Photo: From Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom


Some Older Items…

“Icons and Images” Conference
Huffington Ecumenical Institute
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
February 22, 2013

Fr. Andriy Chirovsky and Sister Vassa Larin
at the “Icons and Images” Conference at the Huffington Ecumenical Institute,
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, February 22, 2013

“Can I Pray with This Icon if It’s Only a Print?”