Glory to Jesus Christ!
What a week! We’ve been keeping busy in Ottawa and the weather is keeping us on our toes, going from unseasonably cold to unseasonably warm almost as a penitential action. This week at MASI certainly was with excitement. This week was the CCCB plenary in Ste-Adele, QC. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes Eastern Catholic bishops, has always strongly supported our Churches in this country. This support has come in many different forms, from officially stating their non-objection to the ordination of Eastern Catholic married presbyters, to financially assisting our eparchies through organizations such as Catholic Missions in Canada. It should be no surprise, then, that the CCCB has, for a second year, included a Divine Liturgy one morning during its plenary meetings. The seminarians from Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, along with their rector, Fr Michael Winn, and their spiritual director, Fr Andrew Onuferko, traveled out to Ste-Adele to sing the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday and express the joy of the Catholic Communion. If you didn’t catch this liturgy, you can see it online, available here.
Thursday I was out to join them at Ste-Adele, as the director of the Institute has the pleasure of meeting all our bishops annually in order to provide an annual report and receive feedback from the Ukrainian Catholic hierarchy in this country, who have moral and financial patronage over the Institute. These meetings were very fruitful and show the great interest our hierarchy has in supporting the success of this Institute.
Thursday night we had an excellent speaker, Fr Robert Wild, join us to speak about Catherine Doherty. And Sunday, Fr Cyril Mykytiuk OSBM, pastor of the Ukrainian Catholic parish here in Ottawa, celebrated fifty years of priesthood. More on those events below!
We are excitingly developing a few projects, and are looking forward to expanding awareness of our Institute throughout the various Eastern Christian communities of Ottawa. As always, there is much work to be done. If you’re able to support us in this ministry, please do! We are always in need of financial support to expand our offerings.
As always, your prayers are needed and we know the effect they have on our every day existence here in Ottawa.
God bless you all!
MASI Professors Invited to Participate in Symposium on Fiftieth Anniversary of Vatican II Constitution on Liturgy at Catholic University of America
Fr. Peter Galadza and Dr. Brian Butcher were among the liturgists invited to participate in the Catholic University of America’s (CUA) Symposium celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Vatican II Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium). Participation was by invitation only. Almost 40 liturgists from across North America came to the three-day event in Washington DC. It took place September 12-14. The Symposium included lectures by Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Eastern Catholic liturgists. Fr. Galadza was invited to present a paper. His presentation treated the influence of Sacrosanctum Concilium on Ukrainian Catholic worship in North America. Attending his lecture were renowned scholars such as Gerard Sloyan, Gordon Lathrop and Peter Jeffrey.
50th Anniversary of Fr Cyril Mykytiuk OSBM to the Priesthood
On Saturday, September 28th, and Sunday, September 29th, 2013, the community of St John the Baptist parish in Ottawa celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of ordination of its pastor, hieromonk Cyril Mykytiuk OSBM. On Saturday evening there was a festive banquet held at the parish, where Fr Alexander was the MC and Fr Peter was also in attendance. On Sunday the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by many local clergy, including Fr Gabriel Haber, proto-ihumen of the Basilian Fathers in Canada, Most Rev Stephen V Chmilar, the Eparchial Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada for the Ukrainians and Most Rev Terrance Prendergast SJ, the chancellor of Saint Paul University and Archbishop of Ottawa. It was Archbishop Prendergast’s first visit to the parish!
Fr Robert Wild Gives Lecture on Catherine Doherty
On Thursday, September 26, Fr Robert Wild gave a presentation at MASI entitled “The Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty: Bridge Between East and West.” Fr Bob is the postulator of Catharine’s cause and a compiler of many of her works for publishing. He gave an excellent presentation discussing his experiences of Catharine and her own interaction with her Russian religious tradition.
If you are interested in catching this lecture, it is available here on YouTube. Fr Bob is going to join us in 2013 for another lecture in this year’s lecture series! The next lecture, given by Fr Josiah, will be on October 18.
Friday October 18, 7:30 PM: Lecture by Fr Josiah Trentham
November 22-24: Iconography Course at MASI, led by Fr Ivan Nahachewsky