As you may already know, this week CNEWA Canada and the Sheptytsky Institute are organizing a special symposium in Ottawa on the future of Christianity in the Middle East. Now, I would like to tell you more about The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI) — a long-time collaborator of CNEWA that celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend.
This Institute is named after the greatest leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944) (old/broken link: https://www.sheptytskyinstitute.ca/?page_id=6). Metropolitan Sheptytsky was a forerunner of Catholic-Orthodox ecumenism who made significant contributions to the enhancement of relations between the East and West.
The institute was established in 1986 at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and in 1990 it moved to its present location at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. The Institute is the leading North American school specializing in Eastern Christian Studies. In the 25 years of its existence almost 100 students have graduated and many more have participated in the Institute’s special programs. The Institute also publishes an award-winning theological review (old/broken link: https://www.sheptytskyinstitute.ca/?page_id=1021) in three languages: English, French and Ukrainian.
Over the last few years CNEWA was able to help the Institute with scholarships to students from Ukraine. Because of this CNEWA/MASI cooperation, many young Ukrainian scholars received graduate degrees and participated in the Institute’s theological programs in the summer. I am also proud to share with you that one of these participants (Sheptytsky Institute’s 1995 Summer Intensive Program) was Father Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who this year was elected as the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
To learn more about the Sheptytsky Institute and its programs, please visit its website.