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The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a monastic community within the Anglican Church of Canada. The Sisterhood is a contemporary expression of the religious life for women within the Anglican Church of Canada. They were founded in Toronto in 1884. They are a prayer- and gospel-centred monastic community, bound together by the call to live out their baptismal covenant through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

One aspect is the importance of prayer in their lives and the emphasis on working towards a balance of life of prayer, work and rest. They have 2 hours set aside daily for private prayer - meditation, reading and praying with the holy scriptures, and reading other spiritual books to deepen our union with God. They have another 2 or more hours of daily prayer together in their Chapel.

"We are monastic because we hold all things in common as witnessed in our vow of poverty. We live intentionally in community and are committed to stability in our lives and relationships as witnessed through our vow of chastity. And we follow a Rule of Life, a way of living that depends upon our listening for God in our lives as witnessed through our vow of obedience."

Living as we do in a time of unprecedented change, we find that these vows anchor us in the life of Jesus and in the transforming experience of the Gospel. Nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community and service, we are open and responsive to the needs of the church and the contemporary world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministry. Called to be a sign of Christ, the Sisterhood witnesses to the power of his reconciling and forgiving love through the gospel imperatives of prayer, spiritual guidance, justice, peace, care for creation, hospitality, ministering to those in need, and promoting unity, healing, and wholeness.

The Sisterhood invites women aged 22-40 to spend a year in God's rhythm, learning to pray, serve others and study while living in intentional community.

This expression of new monasticism is called the "Companions on the Way" and invites women to spend a year in spiritual formation, starting in September, 2016.  

Room and board is covered by the Sisterhood and participants will share their gifts and skills with the community. Women who are members of the Body of Christ, whether through intention or baptism and regular participation in a spiritual community are invited to apply. Participants may receive academic credit for study undertaken through Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology.  

"Companions on the Way is a unique expression of new monasticism within a traditional community that speaks to the next generation of Christians in North America in an innovative way, and is critical for the life of the 'Ancient Future Church' we are called to renew, says Rev. Canon Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine.

For more information:
www.ssjdcompanions.org
companions@ssjd.ca
(416) 226-2201 ext 316