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A Summer Week with St Benedict

Spend a week learning about St. Benedict and the influence of his rule on contemporary Christians and new intentional communities.

Sister Connie will teach this course at the Convent for Wycliffe College. Accommodation is available at the Convent, or people can attend as commuters.

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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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Companions Slideshow Presentation
prepared by Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert SSJD


“Thus says the Lord:
Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies;
walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
         - Jeremiah 6:16

Are you interested in experiencing life in intentional community with other women on an intenional journey of faith?

Are you interested in a gap year during university studies or between your studies and a job?

Are you considering a sabbatical?

Would you like to develop leadership skills that you can use in your later life and ministry, as well as develop a life of prayer grounded in the spiritual practices that have nurtured Christians during 2,000 years?

If so you might want to consider being a “Companion on the Way” for a year developing community with your peers in the context of the Sisterhood’s life and ministry.

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Who is a Companion?

A Companion is a woman who desires to share the life of a monastic community for a year, and to live a rhythm of life based on Jesus’ summary of the law: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul, and your neighbour as yourself.“

She shares her gifts with the Sisters, their extended family of Associates, Oblates, Staff, and Volunteers; and with the people the Sisters serve: groups and individuals staying in the Guest House, patients, staff and volunteers at St. John’s Rehab Hospital next door to the Convent (part of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre), retreatants, and others with whom the Sisters minister.

She learns from the Sisters in shared prayer, classes, service, and friendship.

Alongside the Sisters, she is committed to a daily practice of personal prayer, spiritual reading and reflection on sacred Scripture. She learns to express the values of both silence and conversation, work and play, study and rest.


There is no cost for room and board for Companions, but women who are accepted commit themselves fully to the Sisterhood’s life and work for the time they participate. College tuition fees (where applicable) will be the responsibility of the participant.

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  • We're Glad You're Our Neighbour - May 3, 2018 by Sr. Wendy Grace Greyling - here »
  • Easter-Heart-CrossRabboni - April 1, 2018 (Easter Morning) by SSJD Associate, the Rev. Canon C. Russell Elliott, Nova Scotia - here »
  • Pray without Ceasing - February 13, 2018 (Shrove Tuesday) by The Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith, Rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Dartmouth N.S. and Oblate of SSJD - here »
  • Who's Coming to Town? - The First Sunday of Advent (December 4, 2017) by Rev. Sr. Constance Joanna Gefvert, Companions Coordinator - here »
  • A Musical Journey of Descent and Ascent – for the Feast of St. Leo the Great (November 29, 2017) by The Rev. Karen Hatch, Rector of St. Margaret-in-the-Pines, Toronto - here »
  • Never Let Me Go (October 25, 2017) - The Rev. Matthew Martin and Sister Doreen McGuff enjoy the Stations of the Cross at the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine in Toronto, Ontario during a workshop entitled, A Day with the King - by Amanda Jackman - here »
  • Living the Life of the Sisters: Companions reflect on monastic experience - here »
  • For more Companions homilies visit here »

For More Information

How to become a Companion

A woman interested in exploring the Companions’ program may request a Program Description and further information from the Companions’ Coordinator, Sister Constance Joanna, by e-mailing cj@ssjd.ca or phoning 416-226-2201, ext. 316.

Program dates

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

Application deadline

Applications for the 2018-2019 program will be considered any time until June 15, 2018 or until the program is full.