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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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  • 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 »

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