St. John's Convent, Toronto
We are monastic women dedicated to a life of prayer, community and service with a vision of transformation for the whole of creation in Christ.
Our Convent and St. John’s House in Victoria, BC are centres of spirituality, prayer, worship, and music. We provide outreach to others: preaching, teaching, retreats and missions: preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our Guest House ministry enables many to come to us to have times of retreat and renewal in their lives. We offer many programs to feed the spiritually hungry in heart, mind and body.
Our founding vision is prayer, community life and ministry. We are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry.
St. John’s Convent is called to be a strong centre of prayer, community, and ministry which nurtures and supports the life of the whole Sisterhood.
As the Community’s Mother House, it is the place where the Reverend Mother has her residence, where the whole Community gathers to celebrate and renew our common life in Christ, and from which our discernment and decision making flows.
The Sisters’ library, the Associate library, and our archives are housed at the Convent, and provide resources both for the Community and for visitors.
The Convent is the place where new members are welcomed for discernment and education, and also where our infirmary offers care to our elder members, enabling them to remain part of our family life and ministry throughout their lives.
The Ministry of the Sisters
The ministry of the Sisters at St. John’s Convent includes:
- a Guest House where individuals are welcomed for rest, refreshment, and retreat
- the availability of Guest House accommodation for those associated with St. John’s Rehab
- a regular schedule of retreats, quiet days, and workshops
- a place for parish and other groups to meet and share in the focussed quiet of the Community’s life
- availability of Sisters to preach, teach, speak, lead retreats and quiet days in the diocese and beyond
- programs which help people to build bridges between our secular culture, the church, and the monastic tradition
- discernment programs for those seeking guidance in their life and work
- spiritual direction provided by the Sisters as well as friends and Associates
- music and liturgical leadership for the church
- ecumenical outreach
- partnership with St. John’s Rehab