Sheptytsky Institute Professor Receives Major Research Grant from Canadian Government

Fr. Peter Galadza

Fr. Peter Galadza, who holds the Kule Family Chair in Liturgy at the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in Ottawa, recently received a research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in the amount of $116,850. Most of the money will go to hire research assistants in Ukraine. They will work with the Rev. Galadza during the next three years to produce a multi-volume descriptive catalogue of liturgical manuscripts in Ukrainian repositories.

“Resources like this for the study of Western worship have existed for decades,” said the Rev. Galadza. “Finally, we’ll have a similar resource that describes what East-Slavic liturgical manuscripts prescribe. Anyone wanting to know, for example, what a sixteenth-century codex from Kyiv contains regarding marriage, or funerals, or prayers for civil authorities, will be able to consult our catalogue – both in hard copy as well as on-line. And the catalogue will not only contain the original Slavonic wording of incipits (opening lines of prayers), but will provide a parallel translation in English.”

Many of the liturgical manuscripts to be analyzed are in Kyiv and Lviv. But the project will also take Fr. Galadza and his team to cities such as Zaporizhzhia and Uzhhorod, not to mention Kharkiv and Odessa. “Unfortunately, however, many manuscripts that were produced in Ukraine are held in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Someday I hope to be able to continue the project by schematizing their orders of worship as well. This will certainly help anyone writing the history of worship in Ukraine – not to mention her history in other areas.”

Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky, the new director of the Sheptytsky Institute, commented on the awarding of the grant: “We are very proud of Father Peter’s award as it recognizes his many years of scholarly accomplishments in the academic community. He is a rare individual of exceptional talent and the Sheptytsky Institute is blessed by his presence and his contribution to our professorial staff.

Fr. Galadza’s ranking by SSHRC for overall research achievement was 5.5 out of 6. And the overall ranking was 18 out of 88 for all of Canada. In fact, Fr. Galadza was the only professor at Saint Paul University this year to receive a SSHRC research grant.

Three years ago the Rev. Galadza was a Harvard Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Research Center in Georgetown. His graduate students have also gone on to win prestigious grants. He has held positions in several academic associations and is a popular speaker at Roman Catholic and Protestant gatherings. He also serves on two committees of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fr. Galadza is the author of The Theology and Liturgical Work of Andrei Sheptytsky (1865-1944), as well as editor-in-chief of The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship published by the Sheptytsky Institute. From 1994 to 2005 he was editor of Logos: a Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.

The Sheptytsky Institute is an academic unit of the Faculty of Theology of Saint Paul University. The Faculty has 28 full-time professors, three of which are Eastern Christians. Along with several sessional lecturers, these three form the core of the University’s teaching staff for programs in Eastern Christian Studies from the undergraduate to the graduate level. Saint Paul University has the largest religious studies library in all of Canada, and is unique in the Western hemisphere in that it offers degrees in both Western and Eastern Christian studies. The work of the Sheptytsky Institute is supported by the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.

The chair held by the Rev. Galadza is named in honour of Peter and Doris Kule, Ukrainian Catholic philanthropists from Edmonton, who have funded many other similar initiatives throughout North America including the Institute’s Peter and Doris Kule Chair of Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality, held by Rev. Andriy Chirovsky.