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Companions Slide Show 2019


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SSJD Sisterhood of St John the Divine, a monastic community within the Anglican Church of Canada We invite women age 21 and up to explore an expression of contemporary monasticism rooted in the Anglican tradition. See

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Companions Slide Show 2019

  1. 1. Companions on an Ancient Path
  2. 2. Prayer
  3. 3. Contemplation
  4. 4. Study
  5. 5. Spiritual Direction
  6. 6. Friendship
  7. 7. Service
  8. 8. Rest
  9. 9. Play
  10. 10. Community
  11. 11. Journey
  12. 12. A Companion on the Way is a woman who desires to share the life of a monastic community for a year, and to live a rhythm of life based on Jesus’ summary of the law: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul, and your neighbour as yourself.”
  13. 13. She is committed to a daily practice of personal prayer, spiritual reading and reflection on sacred Scripture and to sharing her gifts with the Sisters, their extended family of Associates, Oblates, Staff, and Volunteers; and with the people the Sisters serve.
  14. 14. Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; walk in it, and find rest for your souls. - Jeremiah 6:16
  15. 15. Our journey together began 134 years ago
  16. 16. founded in Toronto in 1884
  17. 17. The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is nurtured by our founding vision of prayer, community, and service and bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant in the monastic life.
  18. 18. In that time we have founded and served in hospitals
  19. 19. Homes for the aged
  20. 20. Schools
  21. 21. Local missions
  22. 22. And other ministries
  23. 23. Today we continue our ministries
  24. 24. Of hospitality
  25. 25. Spiritual Direction
  26. 26. Spiritual care at St. John’s Rehab
  27. 27. Teaching and spiritual formation
  28. 28. We live together, work together, talk together, and make decisions together. We live together, work together, talk together, and make decisions together.
  29. 29. We praise God together.
  30. 30. We play together.
  31. 31. And we pray together.
  32. 32. Associates, Oblates, Volunteers, Companions, and friends gather and share in our ministries.
  33. 33. Could you be a Companion?
  34. 34. If you are: A woman aged 21 or older A member of the Body of Christ, whether through baptism or intention A regular participant in a spiritual or religious community Able to live creatively with others Looking to deepen your relationship with God Willing to follow Jesus in his radical obedience And open to the leading of the Holy Spirit
  35. 35. You may want to consider being a “Companion on the Way” for a year
  36. 36. and developing community with your peers in the context of the Sisterhood’s life and ministry.
  37. 37. Room and board are provided by the Sisterhood.
  38. 38. Companions, in turn, use their gifts to share in the work and ministry and have the same free time, retreat opportunities, and vacation as the Sisters.
  39. 39. As St. Benedict’s Rule did 1500 years ago, we believe the monastic life provides a radical way of following Jesus. Companions will learn how to make that life relevant to their generation.
  40. 40. For more information and applications, contact Sister Constance Joanna 416-226-2201 ext. 316
  41. 41. Become a Companion on an Ancient Path with a vibrant contemporary community.