New director for Sheptytsky Institute

By  Natalie Guadagnoli, The Catholic Register
  • April 16, 2007
Fr. Stephen Wojcichowsky began a three-year term as the new director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies on Feb. 1.
The Sheptytsky Institute is located in Ottawa at Saint Paul University, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Eastern Christian studies and programs in both Canada and the Ukraine.

Dr. Normand Bonneau, dean of the faculty of theology, welcomed Wojcichowsky to  the faculty and offered him warm wishes  in hopes that he “continue the legacy of his predecessors in the institute and help it flourish in the future through his wisdom and guidance."

Wojcichowsky shared some reflections, noting he is mindful of God's kindness in his life. He is honoured that “the administration of the university, the bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Canada and the members of the institute and foundation had confidence that (he) could serve our Lord and the universal church in this capacity."

Wojcichowsky, originally from Montreal, has worked in the church for more than 30 years. He was ordained in 1980 at the Ukrainian Catholic Studite Monastery in Italy. He was the director of Religious Education Services at the Edmonton Catholic District School Board since 1999. He holds degrees in theology, education and political science.

Wojcichowsky said it is because of the students that he enjoys his line of work.

“I am edified by (their) passion for life, hopeful outlook for the future, desire to serve and appreciation of goodness and beauty."

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