What’s Happening at MASI this Week?

What’s Happening at MASI this Week? May 22, 2013

This week our Institute has been busy with more travels by our staff. Frs Andriy and Peter returned from Toronto late Wednesday, with Fr Andriy leaving for Arizona late last week.

By the new-reckoning this week we commemorated several important liturgical events: Holy and Glorious Pentecost, the patronal feast of Holy Spirit Seminary here in Ottawa, Monday of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Great-Rulers and Equal to the Apostles Constantine and Helen. The feast day of St Constantine has special significance this year, 2013 being the 1700th anniversary of Constantine’s conversion.

 He beheld the image of Your Cross in the Heavens and, as Paul, he too did not receive the call from men. -Troparion


Fr Andrew leads retreat for UGCC spiritual directors in Ukraine

In Truskavets, Ukraine the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Commission for priestly formation held their annual meeting from May 15-17, 2013. The members of the commission comprise of rectors of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from around the world. This year, the spiritual directors of the seminaries were also invited to join the Commission Members for a joint-session. During this meeting the Commission updated their “Vocational Awareness Directives” brochure which was published last year, and reviewed different aspects of seminary formation, including policies regarding married seminarians, courses on religious life, and on-going formation of clergy. After the joint-session Fr Andrew Onuferko, who also serves as spiritual director at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, led a special retreat for all the spiritual directors of the world’s UGCC seminaries.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Commission for priestly formation

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Patriarchal Commission for priestly formation


Panakhyda for the repose of Bishop Mykola 

On May 21 Bishop Mykola (Simkaylo), Eparchial Bishop of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi, reposed in the Lord. Bishop Mykola was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, where his father was in exile for activities related to the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (УПА). Karaganda was also the site where Bl Bishop Nykyta (Budka) was exiled, resulting in his martyrdom. By chance, the Permanent Synod of the UGCC met in that city this weekend. Bishop Mykola was a priest in the underground Church and was one of the individuals who traveled to Moscow demanding the legalization of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church. He was awarded the Pontifical Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice by Bl John Paul II, and was named a bishop in 2005. Bishop Mykola was sixty years of age.  A panakhyda was served for Bishop Mykola in the MASI chapel of Sts Joachim and Anna on the day of his repose. Вічная пам’ять! 


Fr Alexander participates in the Canadian Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue

The theological dialogue involving representatives from the Anglican Church of Canada and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Montreal at on May 16-18, 2013. This commission involves five theologians from the ACC and five from the CCCB, as well as two staff members (one from each communion) and an ecumenical observer (from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, which is in full-communion with the ACC). Their meetings involved common prayer, discussion, work, meals, and fellowship. As well, members received a presentation from Norman Lévesque, director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. The dialogue meets twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall in conjunction with the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue.

ARC Members Meet in Montreal

ARC Members Meet in Montreal


Fr Alexander at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Montreal

Fr Alexander at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Montreal


Subdeacon Brian Speaks at Aboriginal Ministry Seminar

On Thursday, May 16, Sbdcn Dr Brian Butcher gave a workshop to participants in the Aboriginal Pastoral Ministry Conference organized by the Centre for Minstry Formation at Saint Paul University. Two dozen members of First Nations from across Canada were gathered for a week of Christian leadership formation; this was the first time that their program included a session with an Eastern Christian profile.

Dr Butcher’s presentation was entitled “Healing in the Eastern Christian Tradition,” and was followed by the celebration of the Holy Mystery of Anointing (Sacrament of the Sick) in MASI’s Sts Joachim & Anna Chapel, at which Fr Peter Galadza presided and preached. This liturgical experience proved to be one of the highlights of the conference, given the prominent role of healing in the traditional spirituality of the First Nations.



Upcoming Events at MASI

  • Wednesday May 22, 12:00: Divine Liturgy, Sts Joachim and Anna Chapel
  • Saturday June 8, 7 pm: Farewell event for Fr Stephen and Maria Wojcichowsky, St John the Baptist Shrine
  • July 5-7: MASI Study Days, Edmonton ON