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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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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 »


Holy Week Retreat Surprised by God - CS Lewis Radical Women - Fierce Faith Mosaic of Colours Walking the Camio Wycliffe Summer - Benedictine Spirituality Food for the Soul 2017-2018 Personal Retreats
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View and/or download the online version of the Food for the Soul 2017-2018 booklet here »

BROWSE the individual webpages for each retreat, starting from the link to any one of the retreats listed below:

  • 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 »

Winter & Spring 2018

  • Holy Week Retreat: The Passion of Jesus Christ according to Handel’s Messiah led by Sr. Anne Norman, sacristan of SSJD and a professional musician -Wednesday–Sunday - March 28–April 1, 2018 - see here »
  • C.S. Lewis’ Spiritual Journey and Ours: Surprised by God led by Led by John Bowen, Professor of Evangelism at Wycliffe College from 1997 till 2011 - Saturday, April 14, 2018 - see here »
  • Radical Women, Fierce Faith led by Sr. Doreen McGuff, Prioress of SSJD - Friday–Sunday, May 4–6, 2018 - see here »
  • Mosaic of Colours led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD, and her assistants - Saturday, May 12, 2018 - see here »
  • Walking the Camino: Stories & Reflections on the Way to Santiago led by the Rev. Dr. Pauline Head, an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Niagara and an Associate of SSJD - Friday, June 1–Sunday, June 3, 2018 - see here »

Wycliffe College Summer 2018 Monday - Friday, June 25 - 29, 2018
Benedictine Spirituality and the Foundations of the New Monasticism

  • St. Benedict’s “Little Rule,” written in the sixth century, is one of the primary sources of Anglican spirituality, liturgy and ecclesiology and has influenced many other denominations as well. Since the mid-twentieth century it has had a profound influence on the “New Monasticism,” Fresh Expressions, and the Emergence movement. ... Instructor: Constance Joanna Gefvert - see here »

Summer 2018

  • Quiet Garden Day - Saturday, June 23, 2018 - see here »
  • Women at a Crossroads - For Women Seeking Direction in Their Lives - July 6–29, 2018 - see here »
  • Quiet Garden Days led by Sr. Jessica Kennedy, SSJD, and her assistants - Saturdays, July 14, August 11, September 15, 2018 - see here »

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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Fall & winter 2018

  • Transforming Grief led by the Rev. Max Woolaver: Friday–Sunday, September 28–30, 2018 - see here »
  • Individually Directed Retreat Tuesday–Thursday, October 2–4, 2018 - see here »
  • A Heart’s Journey – A Sacred Journey led by Monica Brown & Hilary Musgrave: Friday–Sunday, October 12–14, 2018 - see here »
  • A Celtic Well of Wisdom led by J. Philip Newell: Friday–Sunday, November 2–4, 2018.
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    : overnight registration is booked, commuter spaces are available - see here »
  • A Mosaic of Colours led by Sr. Jessica, SSJD: Saturday, November 10, 2018 - see here »
  • The Soil of Your Soul Led by the Rev. Samantha Caravan: Saturday, November 17, 2018 - see here »
  • Associate Advent Quiet Day led by Sr. Susanne, SSJD: Saturday, December 1, 2018 - see here »
  • Christmas Retreat led by Julie Poskitt, Oblate of SSJD: Sunday–Wednesday, December 23-26, 2018 - see here »
  • New Year’s Retreat led by a Sister of SSJD: December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019 - 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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