Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”

Manor to Host “Martyrdom Redefined”: Symposium on the 100th Anniversary of the Passing of Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM

On Saturday April 1, 2017 from  2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Manor College Basileiad Library at  700 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046, the Shevchenko Scientific Society in partnership with Manor College are hosting a symposium about Bishop Stephen Soter Ortynsky, OSBM.

Program and Speakers

Registration is from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Welcome from Dr. Jonathan Peri, President, Manor College

Benediction from Most Reverend Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan Archbishop, Ph.D., D.D.


Bishop Soter Ortynsky Re-Examined from Andrij V.R. Szul, Ph.D., J.D.

First Session with Moderator – Iryna Ivankovych, Ph.D. 

Challenges for a Bishop in a Missionary Land from Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus, D.D., LLD (Hon.)

The Real Stephen Soter Ortynsky from Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, Ph.D.


Second Session with Moderator – Nicholas Rudnytzky, M.A.

Bishop Ortynsky’s Lifeline: The Sisters of St. Basil The Great from Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A.

The Tragic End of Bishop Ortynsky – Resolved or Solved? from Alexander Lushnycky, Ph.D.

Discussion and Reception with Wine and Cheese


Speaker Profiles

   Andrij V.R. Szul, M.M., Ph.D., J.D. A Professor of Law and Humanities at the Ukrainian Free Univ. in Munich, previously, was a Law Professor at the State Univ. of NY, Pennsylvania State Univ., St. John’s Univ. College of Business, and of English and Music at Manor College; has served as a NY State Administrative Law Judge, Nassau County (NY) Child Abuse Prosecutor in Family Court, and General Counsel to the Chairman of the 7th Committee (Legal) of the Security Council of the U.N. in NY. Dr. Szul is First Vice President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College.

Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, D.D., S.T.L., LLD. (Hon.), Bishop-Emeritus, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, CT, formerly, Auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. For many years, Bishop Losten has held key leadership roles in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and in the world-wide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Very Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, M.A., M.Ed, Ph.D., a Ukrainian Catholic Priest since 1985, is Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Kerhonkson, NY and St. John the Baptist Church in Hunter, NY. He is the author of a book about Bishop Ortynsky (2016), in addition to three others, including one about Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (published in Ukrainian in 2003, and in English in 2013), the Education of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Clergy in the U.S. (English edition in 2005, and Ukrainian in 2006), and editor of History of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the U.S. (2017). Formerly, Vice Rector, Academic Dean and a Professor at St. Basil College-Seminary, Stamford, CT, he also has served on the faculty of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, and lectured at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Fr. Ivan is a Lt. Colonel and Chaplain, U.S. Air Force (ret.)

   Rev. Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, M.A., a Manor College Alumna, former Professor and Dean (1975-88), currently, is Religious Education Director (1988 to present) for the St. Josaphat Eparchy in Parma, OH, where she has produced a number of catechetical books and videos, spearheaded the Generations of Faith for Byzantine Churches program, and organized the Basilian Volunteer Outreach Mission in Ukraine for needy and orphaned children. Currently, Sr. Ann serves as a Provincial Councillor, Order of St. Basil the Great in the U.S. (2010 – ), and is a Member of the Patriarchal Catechetical Commission of Ukraine in Kyiv (2002 – ), and the Association of Eastern Catholic Eparchial Directors (1977 – ).

Alexander Lushnycky, M.A., Ph.D. Educator, Historian of Immigration in the U.S., Co-editor, Encyclopedia of Ukrainian Diaspora (published by the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S.), since 1976 has authored and edited twenty-three books on Ukrainian Immigration to the U.S., and is a long-time Associated Researcher at the University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center in Minneapolis, and the Ukrainian Museum and Library of the Stamford, CT Eparchy. One of his specialty areas is the history of the Ukrainian Press in the U.S. Dr. Lushnycky formerly served as Principal of the Ukrainian Heritage School in Philadelphia (1990–2003), currently, serves as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the U.S., and is a member of the Ukrainian Advisory Board at Manor College.