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SSJD Spiritual Direction: What are you seeking?

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What are you seeking? Spiritual Direction brochure of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, a monastic community in the Anglican Church of Canada

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SSJD Spiritual Direction: What are you seeking?

  1. 1. I f you would like more information about our ministry of spiritual direction, you may contact one of the following: St. John’s Convent and Guest House 233 Cummer Avenue Toronto, ON M2M 2E8 Telephone: 416-226-2201 Fax: 416-226-2131 Email: spiritualdirectioncoordinator@ssjd.ca St. John’s House, BC 3937 St. Peter’s Road Victoria, B.C. V8P 2J9 Telephone: 250-920-7787 Fax: 250-920-7709 Email: bchouse@ssjd.ca www.ssjd.ca The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a registered charity. Our charitable donation number is BN 11925 4266 RR0001. What are you seeking? Spiritual Direction A Monastic Community within the Anglican Church of Canada About Payment We are often asked about our policy on payment for this ministry. For those who are seeking an on-going spiritual director, the financial arrangement is decided between the person and the spiritual director. The usual fee is between $35 and $50, with meetings about once a month. Most spiritual directors have a flexible sliding scale based on ability to pay. For those who desire to receive spiritual direction while on a retreat in the Guest House, the fee is $35 for each one- hour session, and it is paid directly to the Spiritual Director. Bursary assistance is available through the Guest House and no one is turned away who desires spiritual direction on retreat.
  2. 2. are psychologically aware, who are seekers, and who have no romantic illusions that they can or must be quasi-monastics as they cope with jobs, spouses, partners, children, taxes, and unpaid bills.” The Ministry of Holy Listening T hose offering spiritual companionship seek to help those they accompany to know the unconditional love and forgiveness of God, and to appreciate the activity of God in their life. The prayerful support of a trusted spiritual companion who cares about us, but wants nothing from us, can set us free to know ourselves better as we reach out to grow in our relationship with God. T elling the story of our lives, in a prayerful atmosphere with a trusted companion, helps us to recognize where and how God has been and continues to be present and active in that story. As we reflect upon God’s activity M any of us feel a need and a hunger to deepen our relationship with God and to seek someone to help us on our Christian journey, to help us articulate, search out and trust our questions. Who are we in our relationship with God? How do we pray? How do we live out our faith? What do we do when we feel we have fallen short of the “more” that God desires for us? T hese are some of the questions we may bring to spiritual direction. Often called spiritual companionship, this ministry is an ancient tradition within the Church. In today’s individualistic and secularized western culture, more and more people are feeling a need for such companionship to help them satisfy that profound but unarticulated yearning for a deeper relationship with God that is so much a part of our humanity. I n The Practice of Prayer, Margaret Guenther writes: “. . . It remains for us to build on [this ancient tradition], and to work out a model of spiritual direction that is alive and meaningful for those in the “mixed life”– those who in our life, and allow the spirit of God to shape us in the image of Christ through the ordinary events of everyday life, so we grow in discernment. Spiritual Direction in the Sisterhood W ithin the context of a monastic house whose way of life is a balance of work, study, prayer and leisure, some of the Sisters and Associates offer the ministry of spiritual companionship. All who offer this ministry under our sponsorship follow a policy established by the Sisterhood, which requires our spiritual companions to be under regular spiritual direction themselves, and to be in a process of continuing education and training in this ministry. I f you are considering spiritual direction for yourself, you may call one of the numbers listed on the back of this leaflet. If there are no openings available, we will be glad to refer you to other possible spiritual directors.

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