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Women are invited to explore a new monastic initiative of the Sisters of St. John the Divine: prayer, community, learning, service, and creative enjoyment.

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The Story of an Anglican Sisterhood
by The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine edited by Jane Christmas & Sr. Constance Joanna, SSJD

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What's Happening

LATEST The Eagle Newsletter

  • NEW - THE EAGLE: EPIPHANYTIDE 2017 - view/download here »
  • NEW - ORDO: MARCH 2017 - view/download here »/ See worship page here »
  • FEBRUARY 2017 Guest House eMailer - see here » / Sign up to be on the mailing list here »
  • COMPANIONS emailer "I want to let you know about a great opportunity for young women in their 20s and 30s who have a passion for the gospel, who want to serve others, who seek ways to deepen their lives as followers of Jesus, and who would like an experience of intentional community..." - see here »
  • INTERVIEW - " I notice God in the mundane" - Interview with Sarah Moesker, in SSJD's Companions on an Ancient Path program, reported in the Dioese of Toronto Anglican December 2016 (page 6) - see here » / or here » / More about Companions here » / Alongsiders here »
  • BROCHURE: Women at a Crossroads 2017 - see updated webpage here ». View/download the brochure here ».
  • HOMILIES: homily blog here » / list of homilies here »


  • Food for the Soul retreats and quiet day:
    • Navigatethe online version of the booklet here » (view and/or download) OR
    • Browse individual webpages for each retreat: start from the list of all retreats here »
  • The Presence of God: Finding Peace in a Troubled World Lenten Quiet Day for Associates, Oblates and Friends led by the Rev. Stephen Kirkegaard - Saturday, February 25, 2017 - see here »
  • Compassed About: Gifts for Discernment from the Celtic Tradition led by the Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith - Friday–Sunday, March 24–26, 2017 - see here »
  • Individually Directed Retreat Tuesday–Thursday, April 25–27, 2017 - see here »
  • The Spirituality of Islam - led by Professor Liyakat Takim - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - see here »

  • Open House - Come! Bring someone interested in learning more about the monastic life, and about how the Sisters of St. John the Divine are reaching out to young people. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - see here »

  • Full retreat list - see here »

COMPANIONS / Alongsider Article

  • " I notice God in the mundane" - Interview with Sarah Moesker, in the SSJD Companions on an Ancient Path program, reported inthe Dioese of Toronto Anglican December 2016 (page 6) - see here » / or here »
  • Anglican Communion News Service » - Canadian women begin monastic journey as Companions on the Way - September 27, 2016. Photo (right): Matt Gardner, Anglican Church of Canada

  • Companions
  • Anglican Communion News Service » -"New monastic project calls young women to grow in Christ."
  • More about Companions here » / Alongsiders here »
  • Toronto's The Anglican news examines SSJD's Companions program from the point of view of Katja Nack, a 23-year-old university student from Germany, who arrived at St. John’s Convent in March for a three-month internship as an Alongsider. see here » Photo by Michael Hudson. also Vancouver Anglican here » / National Anglican Journal (2015) here » / Anglican Journal on intentional community at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage in East Vancouver here » / and Episcopal News Service here » / More about Companions here » / Alongsiders here » /

NEWS from the Community

  • TREASURE OLD AND NEW: A Narrative Budget for the Sisterhood of St John the Divine 2016 » - here »
  • Updated Vocations Brochure - Prayer Love Service - see here »
  • SSJD Recommends - a section on the links page for added websites & articles of particular interest. See here » ... e.g. a link to a CBC story about "the digital nun" who is turning the internet into a sacred place - here »
  • Daily online prayer and meditation - sites added to Prayers webpage. See here »


  • An oblate’s parallel journey with the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine by Phyllis Beauchamp in the February 2016 Huron News - see online version here »
Phyllis Beauchamp Oblate
  • Slideshow about the Companions - see here »
  • "inherited and New Monasticism"Originally presented for the Consultation on Monasticism and New Monasticism, St. John’s Convent, March 2014 - see here »
  • Email NewsletterOur Book - The Story of an Anglican Sisterhood - see here »
  • Book Review for "A Journey Just Begun" here » / more about the book here »
  • Sneak Peek - Read an excerpt from a passage about Mother Hannah - here »


The Eagle Lenten Quiet Day - Gifts for Discernment from the Celtic Tradition Holy Week Retreat - A Love Story Individually Directed Retreat The Spirituality of Islam A Day of Celebration and Reflection with St. John Open House Companions Deepen your Prayer Life: Retreat Food for the Soul 2014-2015
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Thank you
  • Thank you ... how grateful we are and how much we rely on your support: your friendship, your prayers and your financial support - see here »
  • HOMILY: "Charlie the Baptist" for Advent 2, Year A (December 4, 2016) by Sr. Constance Joanna - see text here ». The Homily blog "God-Talk Sister-Speak" click here ». See a clickable list of homilies by topic, date and homilist here »
  • LATEST GUEST HOUSE eMAILER (December) view online »
  • BIOGRAPHIES of the Sisters are posted to a blog - see here »
  • Kensington HospiceOriginal SSJD Chapel now the Kensington Hospice - "The Kensington Hospice in Toronto is located on the site of the historic Chapel of St. John the Divine, built in 1888. Over the years the chapel has been repurposed several times as the adjacent hospital evolved. In 2011, after years of disuse, Kensington Health and the local community gave the magnificent chapel a new purpose. The Kensington Hospice was created, taking full advantage of stunning architectural elements..." See the Kensington Hospice video on the SSJD YouTube channel » / See SSJD History page here »
  • Archbishop of Canturbury Justin Welby calls for "a wild burst" of Spirit-fuelled imagination about the Religious Life in this address 31 March 2014 to Anglican Religious Communities meeting at Lambeth Palace.... text and video here » The Archbishop of Canterbury visited SSJD in April 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury visits SSJD

TRIENNIAL Oblates Gathering: Article

  • "For Sandi Austin, the attraction of becoming an oblate was more than the idea of living life by a rule. It was also the idea of relearning how to commune with God. “I thought I knew what prayer was all about until I came here,” says Austin.. . see Anglican Journal article here »   More about Oblates here »

SSJD in the media

  • Inside Toronto/North York Mirror: Queen's Jubilee Medal The third honour of its kind to be given to SSJD in 127 years was awarded for pioneering contributions to health care in Ontario and Canada. See article here » [external site opens in new window]
  • Toronto Star: Spending New Year’s Eve with the nuns Fed up with noisy New Year's Eve parties? If you're seeking a more serene start ... St. John’s Convent offers an overnight New Year’s Eve retreat... (Dec 2010) See article here »[external site opens in new window]