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COVID-19 PANDEMIC UPDATE
Guest House and Convent Closed and Retreats Cancelled
This retreat will be rescheduled at a later date

It is with continued heavy hearts that we let you all know that our Guest House and Convent remains closed to non-essential visitors until further notice and that all SSJD retreats up to the end of June are now cancelled. In addition, the Women at the Crossroads program in July has been cancelled.

If you have already registered for any of these retreats, the Guest House office will be in touch with you regarding your deposit.

Please continue to keep in your prayers all who are affected by this disease – the sick and dying, the health care workers, the self-isolating, their families, the house-bound who have no way to get food, the lonely and frightened, and the scientists and health care researchers seeking for ways to stop the virus.

With assurance of our prayers for you.
The Sisters of St. John the Divine

In this workshop, twelve participants will work together over a week to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods and materials. The workshop provides the experience of making an icon by using the prototype of Christ the Pantocrator created by Symeon for this purpose.

Together each participant will experience the beauty, challenge, and wonder that happens in making an icon. In the class, we will: create a drawing without tracing; make paint from earth pigments; paint with egg tempera paint; oil gild with gold leaf; and name the icon. The class includes all the materials and tools needed for completing the icon.

Taught by Symeon van Donkelaar, an iconographer, who after completing a traditional apprenticeship in a Greek Orthodox monastery, has been working for the last 20 years to create a contemporary iconographic vision for prayer in Canada.

His work is enriched by a love of nature. To make the icon’s wooden panel, he first harvests a tree. All of the icon’s colours come from the earth around his studio and share in the heritage of the land — its culture, history and spirit. In this way, even the pigments used in an icon can witness the love
of God that exists in the soil and rocks of the earth. Symeon paints,
exhibits, and teaches regularly in diverse settings across North America,
and works as a full-time iconographer in the Conestoga Iconographic
Studio outside St. Jacobs, Ontario.

This retreat will be rescheduled at a later date.

All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).

St John’s Convent Guest House
233 Cummer Avenue
Toronto, ON
M2M 2E8
Phone 416-226-2201 ext 305
Email: guesthouse@ssjd.ca