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Those who are seeking “something more” in their spiritual life and believe they can be nurtured in their spiritual journey through being connected with the life and ministry of a monastic community may be interested in visiting these SSJD webpages:

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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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Are you contemplating next steps on your journey?

Do you want to experience life in community, learn more about prayer, serve others, and take monastic values out into “the world”?

Join the Sisters of Saint John the Divine for an 11-month travel adventure as we follow Jesus on the road of prayer, community, learning, service, and creative enjoyment.

We invite women age 21 and up to explore an expression of contemporary monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition.

Companions will develop a rhythm of life including public and private prayer, engage in service to others, and learn to live in intentional community. In addition they will:

  • cultivate an appreciation for countercultural values while growing in peace and freedom
  • deepen their rootedness and spiritual intimacy, with God and each other in community
  • discover a personal path to spiritual growth and transformation
  • discern individual gifts and vocation

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Room and board are provided, and Companions, in turn, use their gifts to share in the work of the Sisterhood’s ministry. They also have a weekly day off, free time each day, two retreats during the year, and vacation time after New Year’s and Easter.

A Love of Prayer

Learn to pray alongside a community steeped in a life of personal prayer as well as the daily rhythm of communal prayer in chapel.

A Commitment to Work

Practice the presence of God while participating in work that supports the Sisterhood’s ministry and other forms of service inside and outside the Convent.

A Lifetime of Study

Grow in wisdom and knowledge through spiritual formation courses offered by the Sisterhood with the opportunity for courses at Wycliffe College (Toronto School of Theology), and those who are eligible may apply for academic credit.

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  • CLEANSING VESSELS - new homily Companions reflection post by Kelsea Willis, SSJD - here »
  • COME HOME- wandering tales and postings of a Companion - by Kelsea Willis, SSJD Companion, April 26, 2019 - see Companions blog here »
  • PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - Homilies for the Paschal Triduum by Fr Bill Morrison for St John's House, Victoria BC Apr 18,19,21, 2019 - see Companions blog here »
  • WE ARE IN THE DEEP OF IT NOW ... Forty Days and Forty Nights by Kelsea Willis, SSJD Companion - (27 March 2019) - read here » / homilies here » / Companions here »
  • ORDINARY HOLINESS - a post to the Companions blog by Kelsea Willis, SSJD Companion (February 15, 2019) - here »
  • A FLICKERING LIGHT - Advent is drawing to a close by Kelsea Willis, SSJD Companion (December 21, 2018) - here »
  • A FRESH BEGINNING - Homily for the First Sunday in Advent by Sr Constance Joanna (December 2, 2018) - see here »
  • Easter-Heart-CrossSOIL FOR MINISTRY - A Journey in Two Parts - a post to Companions blog by Maria Potestio Postulant, SSJD: Part 1 - see here » / Part 2 - see here »
  • ASK, SEEK, FIND - Homily by The Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith Oblate, SSJD post to companions blog (August 7, 2018) - see here »
  • Living the Life of the Sisters: Companions reflect on monastic experience - here »
  • For more Companions homilies visit here »

Program dates

September through July each year (exact dates to be arranged with successful applicants with some flexibility for the ending time).

Application deadline

June 15, 2019 (for September 2019 start)

For more information

For more information and application forms, e-mail Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert at companions@ssjd.ca or phone 416-226-2201, ext. 316