July 10, 2013
This week was a busy one of travels, where our academic staff was on the road for our annual study days. At the invitation of His Excellency Bishop David, this year’s study days happened in Edmonton, at St Josaphat’s Cathedral. Over 100 individuals signed up to participate in three days of prayer, lectures, workshops, and fellowship. The theme of this year’s Study Days was the Legacy of Kyivan Christianity. Fr Andriy spoke on the spiritual legacy, Fr Peter on the liturgical legacy, and Fr Alexander on the catechetical legacy. Each of these topics was placed in the context of the current situation of the Ukrainian Church. Following the three days of study two weeks of courses were also added for those desiring to participate in the Summer Institute in Eastern Christian Studies. In the midst of this, several other events took place!
Kule Family Celebrates their 70th Wedding Anniversary
Peter and Doris Kule, the major benefactors that made the dream of MASI possible, are celebrating their seventieth wedding anniversary this month! The Kules supported education and funding endowed chairs across Canada, and have been doing so since well before this was in chique. They are certainly pioneers for Ukrainian-Canadian education in Canada, with endowed chairs at multiple institutions across Canada. On Sunday July 7 we were able to celebrate their anniversary along with these great friends and supporters of our Institute.
MASI Staff Visits Newman Theological College
On Tuesday July 9th MASI Staff visited Newman Theological College, a private theological institution in Edmonton under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Edmonton. After seeing the beautiful facilities of this Institution, including their chapel, library, and bookstore, a meeting was held between MASI staff and Dr Jason West, Newman’s President, looking towards future projects of collaboration between the two institutions. As we continue to develop plans, please remember us in your prayers!
MASI Staff Visits Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
On Tuesday July 9 Frs Peter and Alexander had an opportunity to visit the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. During this visit they were able to meet with Dr Volodymyr Kravchenko (CIUS Director), Dr Bohdan Klid (CIUS Assistant Director), Dr Zenon Kohut (Director of the Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine), and Dr Heather Coleman (CIUS Director of the Research Program on Religion and Culture). CIUS and MASI have had a friendly relationship for many years, and the Kules are major benefactors to both Institutions.