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B.C. HOUSE - SSJD Ministry in Victoria B.C.

BC House - Sr. Sue & Sr. BrendaWho are we?

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a contemporary expression of the religious life for women within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Founded in 1884, we are a prayer and gospel-centred monastic community bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant.

Nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community, and ministry we are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the contemporary world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry.

Called to be a sign of Christ, the Sisterhood witnesses to the power of Christ’s reconciling and forgiving love through the gospel imperatives of prayer, spiritual guidance, justice, peace, care for creation, hospitality, ministering to those in need, promoting unity, healing and wholeness.

Above Sr. Brenda and Sr. Sue, the sisters currently resident in the B.C. house

BC HouseBC HOUSE: What do we do?

The Sisters’ ministry of prayer and presence includes:

  • intercessory prayer for the Diocese
  • visiting and praying with congregations throughout the Diocese
  • speaking about the Religious Life and providing opportunities for others to share in our life-style
  • leading retreats, quiet days, and workshops; and preaching
  • discernment around vocations
  • spiritual direction
  • participation on committees, leadership teams and as resource persons for Diocesan and Parish events
  • as time and opportunities allow, outreach to other western dioceses
  • member of Aboriginal Neighbours, which promotes healing and reconciliation between First Nations people and Settlers

The Sisters in the Diocese of British Columbia also provide support to our Associates in BC and Alberta.

BC HouseBC HOUSE: Where are we?

The home base for our Sisters ministry in the Diocese of British Columbia [website »] is at St. John’s House, Victoria, BC on St. Peter’s Road, Victoria. The house is the rectory of St. Peter’s Lakehill Anglican Church [website »], and is on the same property as the Church.

Near one of the main intersections in Victoria, McKenzie and Quadra, it is located on a main bus route, and with easy access to both the airport, BC ferries, and downtown: See Google map here »

The Sisters extend a warm welcome to individuals and groups to come and share with them in their life and prayer. There are regular services of morning and evening prayer, Eucharist and compline in our chapel. Please call St John’s House for the times of these services.

Above left, a recent gathering of Associates at BC House.

BC House

BC HOUSE: How are we supported?

The Sisters’ ministry in the Diocese of British Columbia is supported in part by the Diocese who provide our accommodation and a contribution toward our food; in part through the honoraria that the Sisters receive from the mission work that they do within the Diocese; and in major part from the financial support received from parishes, our Associates and Oblates, individuals, friends, and organizations who value the religious life within the church.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a registered charity. Our charitable donation number is BN 11925 4266 RR0001. About donating to SSJD, see here »

Pictured right: 2 Oblates making life promises - Nancy Scott and the Rev. Sue House.

Chapel Services at BC House

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CHAPEL SERVICES AT BC HOUSE)
Tues
Weds
Thurs
Fri
Sat
Morning
Prayer
8:30 am 8:30 am 8:30 am 8:30 am 8:30 am
Mid-Day
Office
- - 12 noon - -
Eucharist
12
noon
- 5 pm 12
noon
12
noon
Evening
Prayer
5 pm 5 pm - 5 pm -
Celtic
Vespers
- - - - 7 pm
Compline 7 pm 7pm 7pm - -
Please call ahead if you plan to come, in case the times of services have been changed. Please note there are no services on Sundays or Mondays.

Retreats, Quiet Days, Workshops and other events

For a listing of upcoming retreats, Quiet Days, Workshops and other events at St. John's House, Victoria, BC please see here »