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Food For the Soul 2019-2020


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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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Narrative Budget 2019
Narrative Budget


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

Sr Elizabeth-elected Reverend MotherThe Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, Toronto, is delighted to announce the re-election of Sr. Elizabeth Rolfe-Thomas as the Reverend Mother. The voting took place on January 4, 2020 and Sr. Elizabeth was elected on the first ballot. Her term of office runs from May 2020 – May 2025. We would appreciate prayers for Sr. Elizabeth and the Community.

Sr. Helen Claire, SSJD Prioress



  • 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 »
  • 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 Retreat - 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 »

  • For 2020 retreats, please consult the Food for the Soul booklet - online here »
  • Personal Retreats - 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 ».


  • 2019 COMPANIONS POSTER here » and 3-fold brochure here »
  • SLIDESHOW - Companions slideshow presentation - see here » or here »
  • SOIL FOR MINISTRY - A Journey in Two Parts - a post to Companions blog by Maria Potestio Postulant, SSJD: Part 1 - see here » / Part 2 - 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 Diocese 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 »


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Teresa of Avila John Bell Special Opportunity Pigrim in Canterbury Food For the Soul 2019-2020 The Eagle Companions Women at a Crossroads Personal Retreats A Narrative Budget Compassionate Chair Yoga
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Women at a Crossroads Photo Album   Sr Beryl's 50th Anniversary Photo Album


  • NewsletterTHE EAGLE - Michaelmas Issue online here » or access the library of previous issues.


  • UNDERSTANDING ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES IN THE CHURCH - Article on resource for clergy and laity by SSJD Oblate Mary L. (Bunny) Stewart. Bunny's book is about to see its 3rd printing. Read more on the Anglican Church of Canada website - 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 - here » see also the SSJD YouTube channel here »
  • Church as a Volunteer Organization
  • 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

Material Prayer Retreat Photo Album   COROA & NAECC 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 2019 - here »
  • 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 »
  • Mother HannahTHE DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN BIOGRAPHY has added an article about SSJD Foundress Mother Hannah Grier - see Tweet here » (with link to the article)
  • 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

Reception & Clothing of a Novice Photo Album   Reception of an Oblate Photo Album

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]

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