The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies in the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College

The Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies (MASI) will begin operating as an autonomous academic unit within the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) as of July 1, 2017. MASI will start offering courses in its Toronto location as of September, 2017.

An agreement was reached between MASI and the University of St. Michael’s College in June, 2016, paving the way for MASI to offer both the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degrees. Faculty in MASI who had advanced degree status will also be able to supervise MA and PhD students beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year,. The institute will also offer a certificate in Eastern Christianity in conjunction with the Faculty’s basic degree programs; the certificate is currently pending Senate approval.

St. Michael’s Faculty and MASI will share common foundational courses – Introduction to the Old Testament; Introduction to the New Testament; Foundations of Theology; Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics – with each division also offering distinct required and elective credits relative to their respective degree requirements.

The Sheptytsky Institute was founded by Fr. Andriy Chirovsky in 1986 at Catholic Theological Union, a graduate school of ministry in Chicago. In 1990, at the request of the Ukrainian Catholic Bishops of Canada, this institute relocated to Ottawa’s St. Paul University. The Institute also publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, as well as books and audio-visual materials.

MASI will be located in St. Michael’s historic Windle House, an 1897 Victorian mansion on the St. Michael’s campus.

Here are the courses that are to be offered in the 2017-2018 academic year.  For updated course descriptions and times, please visit our Course Catalogue.

(* = online course)
It is possible to take one Basic Degree course without being enrolled in a program. To take additional courses, enrollment in a program is required.

Fall 2017

Introduction to Eastern Churches (SMJ1610HF – A. Laschuk)
Foundations of Eastern Christian Theology (SMT1104H – B. Butcher)
Introduction to Byzantine Christian Worship (SMP1102H – P. Galadza)
*The Three-Personed God: Eastern Christian Perspectives (SMT2215H – A.
Chirovsky)

Winter 2018
Hermeneutics and Exegesis in Eastern Christianity (SMB2910H – B. Butcher)
*Christ the Saviour: Eastern Christian Perspectives (SMT2210H – A. Chirovsky)
Classical Texts in Eastern Christian Liturgical and Sacramental Theology (SMT5421HS –  P. Galadza)

 Here are the requirements for the Master of Divinity: Eastern Christianity Stream

Scripture
1. Intro. to the Old Testament
2. Old Testament, Any Course
3. Intro. to the New Testament
4. New Testament: Gospels
5. New Testament: Paul

History
6. Early Church History to 843
7. History of Christianity II to 1648
8. Byzantine and Slavic Church History

Field Education
9. Theology of Ministry
10. Theological Field Placement
11. Theological Reflection Seminar
12. Pastoral Skills Units

Pastoral
13. Canonical Tradition of the Christian East
14. Pastoral: Pastoral Care/Counseling/Spiritual Direction
15. Eastern Christian Spirituality

Systematic: Theology
16. Foundations of Eastern Christian Theology
17. Eastern God Doctrine I: Trinity, Christ and Holy Spirit
18. Creation-Salvation-Eschatology
19. Eastern God Doctrine II: Trinity, Christ and the Holy Spirit
20. Holy Mystery: Byzantine Sacraments
21. Eastern Ecclesiology
22. Introduction to Byzantine Liturgy
Ethics
23. Introduction to Eastern Ethics
24. Eastern Approaches to Contemporary Ethical Issues
25. Ethics: Justice Individual and Social or the Social Teachings or Ecological Ethics

Additional Requirement
26. Byzantine Eucharistic Liturgy
Free Electives
27-30

For more information, or to inquire about applying to the Sheptytsty Institute, please email inquiry.usmctheology@utoronto.ca, or call Catherine Mulroney at 416-926-7128.