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Thursdays at Sheptytsky: The Genesis of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the USA

December 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

On Thursday, December 7 at 7:15  p.m. in Windle House (5 Elmsley Pl), the Sheptytsky Institute for Eastern Christian Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College invites you to attend another evening in the series “Thursdays at Sheptytsky.” This week features guest speaker Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, PhD, who will present his lecture “Bishop Soter Ortynsky and the Genesis of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the USA: Challenges and Achievements – 1884 to 1916.”

Rev. Kaszczak will present the early struggles of the Greco-Catholic Church to preach the Gospel in the United States. Hampered by misunderstanding from without and hindered by a lack of ecclesial leadership at its inception, the Church finally received a bishop from Ukraine in 1907. Many fellow Catholics of the Roman Rite perceived Ortynsky as standing in opposition to the Latin rite Catholic Church’s unity of jurisdiction and uniformity of discipline. At the same time, other Churches sought the “conversion” of Ruthenian-Ukrainian Catholics. Ortynsky persevered but died prematurely while asserting his Church’s rightful autonomy and evangelical mission to preach the Gospel to all nations.

Rev. Ivan Kaszczak holds a PhD in Religious Education from Fordham University. He currently serves in the Stamford Eparchy as pastor in Kerhonkson and Hunter, NY. He is the author of several publications on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States, and has taught at St. Basil College, Stamford, CT, Sacred Heart University (CT) and the US Air Force Academy, Colorado.

Thursdays at Sheptytsky are free events and are open to the public. For more information, please email sheptytsky@utoronto.ca or phone 416-926-1300 ext. 7133


December 7, 2017
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm