What’s Happening at MASI this Week?

As part of a new feature, we’ll be blogging each week the many events in which our professors and staff are engaged. Tune in each Wednesday for an Institute update!


What’s Happening at MASI this Week? May 15, 2013


This week has been busy at MASI with the start of a new staff member as well as many travels!


New Director Starts at MASI

On Monday May 6th Fr Stephen Wojcichowsky announced that the appointment of the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada had been approved by Saint Paul University and Fr Alexander Laschuk would be the next director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies. This appointment is on an interim basis. Fr Alexander is a priest of the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada and comes to MASI from canonical ministry with the Archdiocese and Eparchy of Toronto as well as parish ministry at St Nicholas Parish in Toronto.  He is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Canon Law and is married to Olena (Choly). While he begins his term as interim director on June 1, Fr Alexander immediately began work with Frs Andriy and Stephen on May 7th to ensure a smooth transition.

Fr Stephen Wojcichowsky, having finished two three-year terms as Director, will be returning to the Eparchy of Edmonton in June 2013. He is to then begin ministry as chancellor of the Edmonton Eparchy as well as parish ministry at St Josaphat’s Cathedral.


Fr Alexander Visits St Mary’s Parish in Sudbury

On Sunday May 12, Thomas Sunday (by the Julian-reckoning), Fr Alexander visited St Mary’s Parish in Sudbury, Ontario. This was the first week where the Synod of the UGCC has asked all priests to preach on themes related to the “Vibrant Parish” project. This Sunday’s theme was: “The Word of God and Catechesis (Kerygma): Teaching the truths of the faith and their role in everyday life.” After liturgy Fr Alexander visited with parishioners at the parish “Svyachene” meal.


Fr Peter and Fr Andriy in Toronto

On Monday May 13th Frs Peter Galadza and Andriy Chirovsky traveled to Toronto for a variety of events. First, the two professors have scheduled meetings which involve a new and exciting fundraising-project for the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation (MASIF). MASIF is currently undergoing a “Feasibility Study” in the hopes of launching a major fundraising-drive. Fr Andriy is currently serving as the President of MASIF. Stay tuned for more information regarding this project!

Also, Frs Peter Galadza and Andriy Chirovsky were at the Toronto School of Theology and attended a conference at Trinity College called “Through Each Other’s Eyes: Anglican/Orthodox Mutual Fascination.”  This conference was organized by Trinity Divinity Alumni & Associates.


Fr Andrew in Lviv

Fr Andrew Onuferko, Wynnyckyj Research and Teaching Fellowship holder at Saint Paul University, is in Lviv for meetings related to both the Vibrant Parish project (of which Fr Andrew is one of the coordinators) and the Patriarchal Commission for Priestly Formation. On May 14th the Vibrant Parish Working Group met with coordinators of each of the Archeparchies, Eparchies and Exarchates of Ukraine to review the progress and challenges of the last few months in Ukraine with regard to the Pastoral Plan.  The coordinators were also introduced to new documents produced by the Working Group to assist parish priests with pastoral planning and the administration of the parishes.

Upcoming Events at MASI:

  • Wednesday May 15, 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