Provincial Directory - Religious Communities

British Columbia  Sisterhood of St John the Divine

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island  Society of Our Lady St Mary

Quebec  Sisterhood of St John the Divine

Toronto  Community of the Sisters of the Church (Canada)

Toronto  Order of the Holy Cross

Toronto  Sisterhood of St John the Divine

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SSJD - Sisterhood of St John the Divine 

Founded 1884

The Sisterhood of St John the Divine, founded in Canada, is a prayer- and Gospel-centered monastic community, nurtured by our founding vision, open and responsive to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, continually asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant in community.

The traditional religious vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience are the way we have chosen to live into our baptism. Living as we do in a time of immense change, the vows anchor us in the life of Jesus, and in the transforming experience of the Gospel. Important decisions which affect our lives are made at Chapter meetings and Community Days.

We are committed to a balance of life in which prayer, work, study, rest and recreation each has its place, and we commit to live with the tensions involved in seeking that balance. We are called to be a sign of Christ and forgiving love through the gospel imperatives of prayer, hospitality, spiritual guidance, ministering to those in need, working for justice and peace, reverence for the whole creation, promoting unity, healing and wholeness.

Contact Details

Address: St John's House, 3937 St Peter's Road, Victoria, BC, V8P 2JP, Canada
Tel: +1 250 920 7787
Fax: +1 250 920 7709
Email: Email

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SLSM - Society of Our Lady St Mary 

Contact Details

Address: Bethany Place, PO Box 762, Digby, NS, B0V 1AO, Canada

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SSJD - Sisterhood of St John the Divine 

Founded 1884

The Sisterhood of St John the Divine, founded in Canada, is a prayer- and Gospel-centered monastic community, nurtured by our founding vision, open and responsive to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, continually asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant in community.

The traditional religious vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience are the way we have chosen to live into our baptism. Living as we do in a time of immense change, the vows anchor us in the life of Jesus, and in the transforming experience of the Gospel. Important decisions which affect our lives are made at Chapter meetings and Community Days.

We are committed to a balance of life in which prayer, work, study, rest and recreation each has its place, and we commit to live with the tensions involved in seeking that balance. We are called to be a sign of Christ and forgiving love through the gospel imperatives of prayer, hospitality, spiritual guidance, ministering to those in need, working for justice and peace, reverence for the whole creation, promoting unity, healing and wholeness.

Contact Details

Address: St John's House, 840 Notre Dame Avenue, St Lambert, Quebec, J4R 1R8, Canada
Tel: +1 450 671 5898
Fax: +1 450 671 5996
Email: Email


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CSC - Community of the Sisters of the Church (Canada) 

Arrived in Canada 1890. Established as a separate Province 1965
Registered Charity: No 130673262RR0001

Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, the Community of the Sisters of the Church is an international body of women within the Anglican Communion, living under the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, desiring to be faithful to the traditions of Religious Life while exploring new ways of expressing them and of living community life and ministry today. By our worship, ministry and life in community, we desire to be channels of the reconciling love and acceptance of Christ, to acknowledge the dignity of every person, and to enable others to encounter the living God whom we seek.

The Community's patrons are St Michael and the angels pointing us to a life both of worship and active ministry, of mingled adoration and action.

Our name, Sisters of the Church, reminds us that our particular dedication is to the mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ in the world.

The houses have varying timetables of corporate worship. The Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life.

Contact Details

Name: Marguerite Mae Eamon CSC  (Provincial, assumed office September 2003)
Address: St Michael's House, 127 Burgundy Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6J 6R1, Canada
Tel: +1 905 844 9511
Fax: +1 905 842 6529
Email: Email
Website: www.tap.net/csc

Other Addresses:

Address: 51 Gates Lane, St Elizabeth Village, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8, Canada
Tel: +1 905 387 5659


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OHC - Order of the Holy Cross 

Founded 1884

The Order of the Holy Cross is a contemporary Benedictine monastic community open to both clergymen and laymen. The principles which govern the Order's life are in two documents: The Rule, written by James Otis Sargent Huntington, the founder of the Order, and the Rule of St Benedict.

The liturgical life of each house centers around the corporate praying of the Daily Office and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Members also spend time in private prayer and meditation.

The work of the Order is varied, as members are encouraged to find ways to use their own unique talents in ministry. Houses of the Order vary from traditional monastic retreat/conference centers of hospitality to active inner-city urban houses. Members of the Order are engaged in preaching, counseling and spiritual direction, in teaching, in parish work, in evangelism, in retreat work, and in ministry to alcoholics, addicts and those with AIDS. The Order has a special ministry of building the monastic life in the Anglican Church in Africa.

Contact Details

Address: Holy Cross Priory, 204 High PArk Avenue, Toronto, ONT, M6P 2S6, Canada
Tel: +1 416 767 9082
Fax: +1 416 767 4692


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SSJD - Sisterhood of St John the Divine 

Founded 1884

The Sisterhood of St John the Divine, founded in Canada, is a prayer- and Gospel-centered monastic community, nurtured by our founding vision, open and responsive to the needs of the Church and the contemporary world, continually asking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant in community.

The traditional religious vows of poverty, celibate chastity and obedience are the way we have chosen to live into our baptism. Living as we do in a time of immense change, the vows anchor us in the life of Jesus, and in the transforming experience of the Gospel. Important decisions which affect our lives are made at Chapter meetings and Community Days.

We are committed to a balance of life in which prayer, work, study, rest and recreation each has its place, and we commit to live with the tensions involved in seeking that balance. We are called to be a sign of Christ and forgiving love through the gospel imperatives of prayer, hospitality, spiritual guidance, ministering to those in need, working for justice and peace, reverence for the whole creation, promoting unity, healing and wholeness.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Elizabeth Ann Eckert SSJD  (Revenend Mother, assumed office 13 April 2005)
Address: St John's Convent, 233 Cummer Avenue, Toronto, ONT, M2M 2E8, Canada
Tel: +1 416 226 2201
Fax: +1 416 222 4442
Email: Email
Website: www.ssjd.ca

Other Addresses