Toronto, Canada| 416-226-2201|convent@ssjd.ca

St. John’s House, Victoria, B.C. is Closing
The Sisters return to the Convent Monday, March 30.
Their personal email addresses remain the same.
You may also phone them 416-226-2201 or write them:
St. John’s Convent, 233 Cummer Ave.
Toronto, ON M2M 2E8

FAREWELL AND THANK YOU – WE LOVE YOU!
from the BC House Sisters 2019-2020:
Brenda, Dorothy, Jessica, Amy Joy, Brenda, Beryl, and Wendy Grace

March 5, 2020
Dear Associate, Oblates and friends of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine,
At a meeting on February 26, 2020, Bishop Logan McMenamie informed Sr. Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas that, due to budget constraints, the diocese would have to radically reduce its financial support to the Sisterhood of St John the Divine going forward. At that meeting, Sr. Elizabeth acknowledged that the Sisterhood is finding it increasingly difficult to provide appropriate staffing for St John’s House. Considering these circumstances, the Sisterhood of St John the Divine had a special chapter to consider the situation and regretfully made the decision to close the branch house in the Diocese of British Columbia in June, 2020.
The Diocese of British Columbia and the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine have enjoyed a truly blessed relationship for the past 18 years and we are saddened to see it come to an end. However, the Sisterhood will seek ways to visit the diocese regularly to offer retreats, quiet days, and workshops. The Sisterhood also hopes that other dioceses will invite the sisters to visit from time to time. We look forward, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, to continuing to strengthen our bonds of affection in new ways for years to come.

BACKGROUND
In November 2002, at the invitation of the Diocese of British Columbia the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine came to the diocese to be a praying presence in its midst. Living temporarily at Queenswood with the Sisters of St. Anne, in May 2003 the sisters opened a branch house, St John’s House, in Victoria, B.C. This invitation from the diocese included financial support to cover the costs associated with the branch house (i.e. room and board), and it has remained part of the diocesan budget since 2003.

With our love and prayer
Sr. Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas, Rev. Mother