Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies

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Saint Paul University
Guigues Hall, Saint Paul University
Established 1965
Type Public
Chancellor Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa
Rector Chantal Beauvais
Academic staff Canon Law, Human Sciences, Philosophy, Theology
Students 733
Undergraduates 170 full-time + 260 part-time
Postgraduates 260 full-time + 90 part-time
Location Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
45°24′29″N 75°40′34″W / 45.4081°N 75.676°W / 45.4081; -75.676Coordinates: 45°24′29″N 75°40′34″W / 45.4081°N 75.676°W / 45.4081; -75.676
Campus Urban
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, AUFC, ACU, CBIE

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI) is an institute at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada specializing in Eastern Christian Studies. Special emphasis is placed on the tradition of the Church of Kyiv, although courses, seminars, and conferences also deal with aspects of theology, spirituality, history, and ecclesial polity of all the Eastern Churches — Eastern Orthodox, non-Chalcedonian, Assyrian, and Eastern Catholic.

The Sheptytsky Institute offers undergraduate and graduate university degree programs in Eastern Christian Studies. At the undergraduate level there is the Civil Baccalaureate, an Ecclesiastical Baccalaureate, and a Certificate in Eastern Christian Studies. At the graduate level there is a Master of Arts, a Licentiate in Theology, a Ph.D., and a D.Th. in Eastern Christian Studies. The Sheptytsky Institute is the only academic institution in North America with an accredited doctoral program in Eastern Christian Studies. The Institute's four areas of concentration are Spirituality-Doctrine, Liturgical Studies, Historical Studies, and Ecumenism and Eastern Christianity.


The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute was originally founded in in 1986 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In September 1990, the Sheptytsky Institute moved to Ottawa, and in May 1992 became an academic unit of the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University.[1]

From 1987, the Sheptytsky Institute offers month-long summer intensive programs. Past locations included: Holy Transfiguration (Mount Tabor) Monastery in Redwood Valley, California; Mother of God Monastery in Orangeville, Ontario; Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa. Since 1996, the Institute has co-sponsored a summer program at the Univ Lavra, near Lviv, Ukraine, together with the Ukrainian Catholic University. 2008 saw the first "Study Days" in Ottawa, later spreading to Edmonton. Guest speakers have included Thomas Hopko, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Robert F. Taft, and John Behr.[2]

The Sheptytsky Institute publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, originally founded in 1950 by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk of Winnipeg, and published in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, by the Redemptorist Fathers until 1983. A new series of Logos was inaugurated in Ottawa and began with Vol. 34 (1993).

The Institute's Byzantine Rite Chapel of Sts. Joachim and Anne holds services in English, French, Ukrainian, and other languages such as Greek and Church Slavonic.[3]

An endowment from the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation, operating under the aegis of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada, funds the Institute's work.



  • Andriy Chirovsky (1986–present), Peter and Doris Kule Professor of Eastern Christian Theology and Spirituality
  • Peter Galadza (1992–present), Kule Family Professor of Liturgy
  • John Jillions (2004–present), Assistant Professor of Eastern Christian Studies and Ecumenism

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