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Becoming an Associate

Associates of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine are women and men, lay and ordained, who are members of a Christian parish community and seeking to deepen their life in Christ by following a Rule of Life in association with the Sisters. That Rule of Life is a framework of prayer, worship, study, and service that helps Christians live out the promises made for them at their baptism. The Rule for Associates is intended to provide a framework for the journey of faith, a trellis to support them in their  own life and ministry of love in and for the world.

In other words, they’re ordinary people seeking “something more” in their spiritual life and believe they can be nurtured in their spiritual journey through a connection with the life and ministry of a monastic community.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine owes its founding to the vision and dedication of a group of women and men who prayed and worked for a monastic community to be established in Canada – to help nurture and strengthen the lives of women and men.

The first Associates of the Sisterhood were members of the group who had the vision for the Sisterhood. A relationship of mutual support of prayer, love, and ministry exists between the Sisterhood and the Associate.


Write, phone or email the Director of Associates at the Convent to request further information about becoming an Associate.

A period of discernment is required (approximately one year) before being admitted as an Associate. The purpose of this time is to discover whether the Associate Rule of Life is a help to the discerner on their spiritual journey and in deepening their relationship with Christ. It also provides time for deepening the understanding and practice of prayer and for developing a relationship with the Director of Associates and the Sisters.


St. John’s Convent, Attn. Director of Associates
233 Cummer Ave.
Toronto, ON  M2M 2E8
Phone: 416-226-2201
Fax: 416-226-2131