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Food For the Soul 2019-2020

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Retreats, Quiet Days & Workshops at St. John's Convent

All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline). See the regular chapel and meal schedule here »

2019 - Fall

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Teresa of Avila John Bell Special Opportunity Pilgrim in Canterbury Food For the Soul 2019-2020 Companions Women at a Crossroads Personal Retreats
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Food for the Soul 2019-2020 retreats - View and/or download the booklet pdf here » or browse individual webpages for retreats, starting from the link to any one of the retreats listed below:

    VIDEO of SPECIAL EVENT 'Further Up and Further In' - Anglicans and Orthodox in Conversation with CS Lewis - with Dr. Edith M. Humphrey & Dr John Bowen held Thursday, January 25, 2018 - click YouTube logo bottom right to view larger screen in new tab/window

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  • Personal Retreats - 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 - see here »


  • For retreats and workshops in 2020, see the Food for the Soul booklet - here » The 2020 individual webpage listings will be completed with a new website update in January.

  • NEW! ANCIENT ECHOES: Orthodox infuences in Canadian choral music - Thursday, January 23, 2020 - The Toronto Chapter of the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius and St John's Convent host an evening to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. - see here »

  • The Wisdom of Teresa of Avila - Led by Maureen McDonnell, D.Min., who currently leads a program in Spirituality and Aging in a Toronto parish - Saturday, January 25, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: Registration for this retreat is at capacity. Please contact the Guest House to be placed on the waiting list: 416-226-2201, ext. 305 or email foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca ». - see here »- see here »
  • The Spirituality of the Psalms - Led by John Bell, an inspiring speaker and the composer of much well-known and loved contemporary Christian music used in the Iona Community and around the world REGRETFULLY John Bell has advised Sr. Elizabeth that he has to cancel the retreat. We hope to work out a date in 2021 when it may be offered again - see here »
  • Lenten Quiet Day - Pilgrim in Canterbury - Led by Rt. Rev Kevin Robertson, Area Bishop of York-Scarborough - Saturday, February 29, 2020 - see here »
  • Bad Boys and Girls in the Old Testament, March 13-15, 2020 (Professor Marion Taylor) - see here »
  • Silent Directed Retreat Tuesday-Thursday, March 24-26, 2020 - see here »
  • Holy Week Retreat: Centering Prayer - A Whispered Amen Wednesday-Sunday April 8-12, 2020 (The Rev. Dr. Pauline Head)  - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days 2020 led by SSJD Sisters- see here »
  • Women at a Crossroads - A residential program for women at a crossroads in careers, study or lifestyle - July 3 – 26, 2020 - see here ».

Personal retreats or times for your church or fellowship group

  • The Sisters welcome guests for rest, refreshment, retreat, and participation in the Community's prayer and liturgy. 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. These are self-directed, but individual spiritual direction can also be arranged. Personal sabbatical time can be considered. Also group retreats, quiet days, and workshops scheduled to suit your church or fellowship group. Bring your own leader or ask for a Sister (if one is available) to lead.
  • See details on the personal retreats page here »


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