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The Sisters welcome guests for rest, refreshment, retreat, and participation in the Community's prayer and liturgy. All are welcome.

Spend as much time as you like in a private retreat or simply enjoying some peace and quiet, fellowship, and the liturgies of the community.

If you would like to participate in a slightly more structured way, consider the opportunities listed here »

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Guest House: Host your event at the Convent

All are welcome in this sacred space, offering gentle hospitality, comfortable accommodation, retreats and spiritual direction in an atmosphere of transformative stillness.

All our facilities are wheel-chair accessible and we make every effort to accommodate any special needs our guests may have. While the Sisterhood is an Anglican monastic community, we welcome women and men from all spiritual traditions and those with no religious affiliation.

Let us Host your Group

We have three meeting rooms that can accommodate guests up to

  • 50 (the Conference Room),
  • 18 (St. Margaret’s Chapel), and
  • 12 (St. Peter).

We also have a number of sitting rooms that double as breakout rooms, and a number of interview rooms for spiritual direction and pastoral conversations.

Groups who meet at the Convent may provide their own leadership, or may request a sister to lead a retreat, workshop, or quiet day:

  • conferences and annual meetings
  • congregational retreats
  • parish and diocesan committees
  • staff days; study groups; prayer circles
  • youth groups; confirmation classes

. . . why not YOUR next group meeting?


St. John’s Convent is located in a quiet urban area of North Toronto adjacent to 25 acres of parkland that guests are free to enjoy. We are easily accessible from the airport via major highways, and from downtown Toronto via public transit. While we have ample parking, we encourage ecological responsibility in the use of public transit and car-pooling when possible. See location details here »

Contact us!

Contact the Guest House administrator (guesthouse@ssjd.ca ») for more information about hosting your group at St. John’s Convent and Guest House.


“Our congregation’s first weekend at the convent was a turn-around moment in the life of our church. The intentional prayer life, comfortable silence, and kind attentiveness of the Sisters served as a model for our own community of how to go beyond doing things together and simply ‘being’ together. We look forward to making it an annual event!” – Pastor