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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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Women are invited to explore a new monastic initiative of the Sisters of St. John the Divine: prayer, community, learning, service, and creative enjoyment.

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Come and "blossom" with us this spring at SSJD!
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"Home for the Heart" is an occasional email from the Convent Guest House with a brief reflection and news of upcoming retreats and events. View the May 2018 issue here ».

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RECENT COMPANION HOMILIES are posted to the SSJD Companions blog - here »

Browse a selection of homily texts from Convent Chapel services here »

View a summary by date with links to the text here »

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The Story of an Anglican Sisterhood
by The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine edited by Jane Christmas & Sr. Constance Joanna, SSJD

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What's Happening


Sister Elizabeth TV interview
Walking the Camio Companions Wycliffe Summer - Benedictine Spirituality Personal Retreats The Eagle A Narrative Budget 2017
Sister Elizabeth interviewed for TV before Doors Open Toronto started
  • twitterDOORS OPEN TORONTO - The Convent was pleased to welcome many visitors on guided tours Saturday and Sunday May 26 & 27. VIsit our Twitter page for pictures and videos of the event - twitter.com/ssjdcanada
  • GUEST HOUSE EMAIL May: Come and "blossom" with us this spring at SSJD! - see here »
  • ORDO May 2018 here » / June 2018 here »
  • FOR WOMEN SEEKING A PART-TIME JOB - you may be interested in a new half-time staff position at St. John’s Convent to give leadership support for its Companions Program - read more here »The Eagle Newsletter
  • NARRATIVE BUDGET 2018 - click image (left sidebar) or see here »
  • COMPANIONS POSTER 2018-2019 here » and 3-fold brochure here »
  • THE EAGLE Epiphanytide 2018 - view/ download 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: 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 - Monday - Friday, June 25 - 29, 2018 see here »

  • A Celtic Well of Wisdom led by J. Philip Newell: Friday–Sunday, November 2–4, 2018.
    Please note
    : overnight registration is booked, commuter spaces are available - see here »

  • 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 »
  • Full retreat list - see here »



  • NEW 2018-2019 COMPANIONS POSTER here » and 3-fold brochure here »
  • COMPANIONS emailer "I want to let you know about a great opportunity for young women in their 20s and 30s who have a passion for the gospel, who want to serve others, who seek ways to deepen their lives as followers of Jesus, and who would like an experience of intentional community..." - see here »
  • INTERVIEW - " I notice God in the mundane" - Interview with Sarah Moesker, in SSJD's Companions on an Ancient Path program, reported in the Dioese of Toronto Anglican December 2016 (page 6) - see here » / or here » / More about Companions here »
  • Anglican Communion News Service » - Canadian women begin monastic journey as Companions on the Way - September 27, 2016. Photo (right): Matt Gardner, Anglican Church of Canada

  • Companions
  • Anglican Communion News Service » -"New monastic project calls young women to grow in Christ."
  • More about Companions here » / Slideshow about the Companions - see here »
  • Toronto's The Anglican news examines SSJD's Companions program from the point of view of Katja Nack, a 23-year-old university student from Germany, who arrived at St. John’s Convent in March for a three-month internship as an Alongsider. see here » Photo by Michael Hudson. also Vancouver Anglican here » / National Anglican Journal (2015) here » / Anglican Journal on intentional community at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage in East Vancouver here » / and Episcopal News Service here » / More about Companions here »

St Alban & St Sergius Photo Album   The Primate's Visit Photo Album


Phyllis Beauchamp Oblate
  • "inherited and New Monasticism "Originally presented for the Consultation on Monasticism and New Monasticism, St. John’s Convent, March 2014 - see here »
  • Email NewsletterMore about Oblates - see here » / Associates here »
  • Our Book - The Story of an Anglican Sisterhood - see here »
  • Book Review for "A Journey Just Begun" here » / more about the book here »
  • Sneak Peek ->Read an excerpt from a passage about Mother Hannah - here »


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St Alban & St Sergius Photo Album   The Primate's Visit Photo Album

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.

Visit the SSJD YouTube channel here »


  • REFLECTIONS and Poetry by Sister Sue - see here »
  • MAY WE BE LOVE: Reflections given at Elvis Quiet Day - see here »
  • THE GTA ASSOCIATES BLOG - see here » / See also the Associates page on this SSJD website here »
  • PEACE BY PIECE: Stitching together Canadian Stories - a post to the Associates of SSJD blog by Sr. Helen Clair, SSJD - here »
  • SR WILMA celebrated her 60th Anniversary of her Life Profession in SSJD Apr 29-30, 2017 - Sr. Wilma's bio on Sisters blog here »
    • Homily for Annunciation (March 25, 2017) by The Rev. Frances Drolet-Smith, Oblate - here »
    • links to all homilies listed by date here »

St Alban & St Sergius Photo Album   The Primate's Visit Photo Album

Thank you
  • THANK YOU ... how grateful we are and how much we rely on your support: your friendship, your prayers and your financial support - see here »
  • A NARRATIVE BUDGET for the Sisterhood of St John the Divine 2018 » - here »
  • HOMILY: See a clickable list of homilies by topic, date and homilist here »
  • LATEST GUEST HOUSE eMAILER (December) view online »
  • BIOGRAPHIES of the Sisters are posted to a blog - see here »
  • Kensington HospiceORIGINAL SSJD Chapel now the Kensington Hospice - "The Kensington Hospice in Toronto is located on the site of the historic Chapel of St. John the Divine, built in 1888. Over the years the chapel has been repurposed several times as the adjacent hospital evolved. In 2011, after years of disuse, Kensington Health and the local community gave the magnificent chapel a new purpose. The Kensington Hospice was created, taking full advantage of stunning architectural elements..." See the Kensington Hospice video on the SSJD YouTube channel » / See SSJD History page here »
  • Archbishop of Canturbury Justin Welby calls for "a wild burst" of Spirit-fuelled imagination about the Religious Life in this address 31 March 2014 to Anglican Religious Communities meeting at Lambeth Palace.... text and video here » The Archbishop of Canterbury visited SSJD in April 2015
Archbishop of Canterbury visits SSJD

TRIENNIAL Oblates Gathering: Article

  • "For Sandi Austin, the attraction of becoming an oblate was more than the idea of living life by a rule. It was also the idea of relearning how to commune with God. “I thought I knew what prayer was all about until I came here,” says Austin.. . see Anglican Journal article here »   More about Oblates here »

SSJD in the media

  • Inside Toronto/North York Mirror: Queen's Jubilee Medal The third honour of its kind to be given to SSJD in 127 years was awarded for pioneering contributions to health care in Ontario and Canada. See article here » [external site opens in new window]
  • Toronto Star: Spending New Year’s Eve with the nuns Fed up with noisy New Year's Eve parties? If you're seeking a more serene start ... St. John’s Convent offers an overnight New Year’s Eve retreat... (Dec 2010) See article here »[external site opens in new window]