Introducing The Sheptytsky Institute
Sheptytsky offers opportunity by way of graduate courses and more
Chan Lee STAFF REPORTER
Photo: Rachel Wilson / USMC.
The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, also known as the Sheptytsky Institute, is an autonomous department of the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC). Father Andriy Chirovsky founded the Sheptytsky Institute in 1986 in Chicago, but the institute moved to St. Paul’s University in 1990. The Sheptytsky Institute has operated within USMC since July 1, 2017.
“It became obvious that Theology was being downsized at Saint Paul’s University,” Father Peter Galadza, Professor of Liturgy at the Sheptytsky Institute, told The Mike. “We started thinking of a place we could continue to grow in the future. We approached St. Mike’s.”
The Sheptytsky Institute is based on the study of Eastern Christian Theology, of which they primarily focus on Eastern Orthodox, Assyrian, Eastern Catholic, and Pre-Chalcedonian families. Additionally, the Sheptytsky Institute focuses on spirituality, liturgy, history, and ecclesial polity, in addition to theology.
According to the Sheptytsky website, while it does not currently offer undergraduate courses, “some are being contemplated at this time.” Students, however, from the University of Toronto (U of T) and USMC can enrol in graduate level courses. From there, students can choose between two research-oriented degrees or two of the pastorally oriented degrees. The Sheptytsky Institute also offers some online courses for distance education.
It also holds events throughout the year in order to raise student awareness. According to Galadza, they hold “outreach events, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and public presentations.” Galadza also stated that the Sheptytsky Institute had and is offering free meals in the form of “Greek for Breakfast,” an opportunity for people to have free breakfast and learn about various topics. Additionally, the liturgical services are available to the whole community.
For individuals who are curious or have any questions, the Sheptytsky Institute is located in Elmsley Hall’s chapel space.