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Who’s Coming to Town?

Posted on: December 4th, 2017

Reading the gospel for the first Sunday of Advent (Mark 13.24-37) with its emphasis on “Beware, keep alert, stay awake!” brought to mind a secular song on that theme: You better watch out, You better not cry You better not pout, I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town He’s making a list, […]

A Musical Journey of Descent and Ascent – for the Feast of St. Leo the Great

Posted on: November 28th, 2017

One of my favourite pieces of music is Smetana’s “The Moldau.” Smetana uses tones to evoke the sounds of one of Bohemia’s great rivers. He said “the composition describes the course of the Moldau, starting from the two small springs, the Cold and Warm Moldau, to the coming together of both streams into a single […]

Never Let Me Go

Posted on: October 25th, 2017

When it comes to God you can always expect the unexpected. For Sister Doreen McGuff, a young impressionable self-proclaimed dreamer, the 60s was a pivotal decade for her. “I had just started university in 1960 in Vancouver,” says Sister Doreen. “It was the eve of hippies, and you were either high on LSD or Jesus […]

The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch

Posted on: October 24th, 2017

A Homily based on the readings for Thanksgiving Day: Deuteronomy 8.7-18, Psalm 65, 2 Corinthians 9.6-15, Luke 17.11-19 One of my favourite Peanuts comic strips has Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the gang waiting in the pumpkin patch at night, hoping to see the Great Pumpkin when it arises. (Now you may think this has […]

Weeds and Wheat

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

Frances Drolet Smith preached the following homily for the ending of the Women at a Crossroads program at St. John’s Convent on Sunday, July 23. It was the prophet Mark Twain who said, “There are basically two types of people in the world. People who accomplish things and people who claim to have accomplished things […]

Living the life of the sisters: Companions reflect on monastic experience

Posted on: July 26th, 2017

    By Matt Gardner Reprinted with permission of the Anglican Church of Canada More than 10 months after a group of young women began living with members of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD), the inaugural Companions on the Way program is drawing to a close—an experience that left a major impact on sisters […]

Canada, a Teepee, and a Canoe: a homily for Canada Day 150

Posted on: July 1st, 2017

One morning, a few weeks ago, I was standing on a bus weaving its way into the center of Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was crowded with people making their to work, or school or various tourist attractions. When I offered my seat to someone, a woman sitting nearby asked what part of Canada I was […]

A Spidery Palm Sunday

Posted on: April 11th, 2017

Today, we had our usual 8 am Sunday Eucharist. However, being that it is Palm Sunday, it had a bit more flair! We had a procession through the little convent chapel, into the lobby, outside and around a tree, and then back into the chapel. People held their palm branches (woven into the shape of […]

What is Desert?

Posted on: April 9th, 2017

                        Sister Sue Elwyn is a poet, hymn-writer, and member of the Sisterhood’s household in Victoria, B.C.


Posted on: April 6th, 2017

At the age of 30, I left behind my career, my lifestyle, my church family, and various relationships, to take up another way of life.  I felt a call within: a keen desire to deepen my relationship with God.  I wanted to be alone with the Alone, and to do so I hied myself off […]