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Companions Program: In-Person

Spend a year living in God's Rhythm

September 2024-June 2025

We continue to follow Covid protocol. Please do not attend Convent events if you experience the following symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc). Thank you.

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 St. John the Divine for an 10-month 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 by becoming Companions of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine.

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 the countercultural values of prayerfulness and service
  • 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 vocations

Companions live with the Sisters for the duration of the program and 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.


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).

Program Dates

September — June each year.
(exact dates to be arranged with successful applicants, with some flexibility for the ending time).


Applications open January 12024 and close May 15, 2024.

Applications are processed as received, so those who are interested should inquire early. Successful candidates will be notified in a timely manner.


$100.00/month is suggested to help with the expenses. If cost is a hindrance, please contact the Companions Coordinator. Financial assistance is available.


For more information and application forms, email Shannon Epp, Companions Coordinator at or phone 416-226-2201, ext. 342