Reflection on time invested well

Study Days 2013 and Summer Institute Courses

By Jayne L. Buryn

 

For the past several months I have been suffering from withdrawal. Not the kind associated with smoking or drugs. I don’t do either. Not the withdrawal pangs you feel when you’ve given up chocolate. I haven’t given that up, yet.

What I miss is the association with like-minded people, the stimulation of incredible teachers and the knowledge and understanding I gained from attending Study Days 2013 and taking one of the courses offered following the weekend event.

This exceptional offering was sponsored by the Eparchy of Edmonton and St. Paul University’s Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa, in July. The theme was the Legacy of Kyivan Christianity: Celebrating the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’-Ukraine. It was time invested well.

The Study Days presentations were given by well-known and respected theologians on Friday evening, all day Saturday and the morning and afternoon on Sunday. Rt. Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky shared his expertise with participants on the subject of the Spiritual Legacy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Very Rev. Dr. Peter Galadza provided a lively look on the Liturgical Legacy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. On the final day, Fr. Alexander Laschuk, Interim Director of the Sheptytsky Institute, took us back through the history behind the Catechetical Legacy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

I heard many comments about how inspiring and enlightening it was to hear about the growth of our Church and our faith in these three key areas.

Following Study Days, there were two courses offered, developing the same subjects in much greater detail : Eastern Christian Spirituality, instructed by Father Andriy and The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments, by Father Peter. Students in both courses came from a variety of backgrounds and age groups, enriching the sharing environment promoted by the instructors.

We had the opportunity to enhance our spiritual development by attending vesper services, held each evening. It was a joy to actively participate in this form of worship, led by well-versed clergy. Father Peter’s voice emanated as from the very throats of the Cherubim and Seraphim themselves.

I had the opportunity to take the Eastern Christian Spirituality course from Father Andriy. I cannot say enough about how inspirational his teaching was and how much closer his wisdom brought me to God.

That inspiration, that sharing, that community of spirit is what I miss the most: and I look forward to repeating it again should the opportunity arise.

Glory be to Jesus Christ! Glory be forever!

 

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