Provincial Directory - Religious Communities

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

Toronto  Community of the Sisters of the Church (Canada)

Toronto  Sisterhood of St John the Divine

SLSM - Society of Our Lady St Mary 

Contact Details

Name: The Sisters SLSM 
Address: Bethany Place, PO Box 762, Digby, NS, B0V 1AO, Canada

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 lay and ordained women within the Anglican Communion. We are seeking to be faithful to the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, and 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, St Michael and the Angels, point 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 Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life. Community houses provide different expressions of our life and ministry in inner city, suburban, coastal town and village setting.

Contact Details

Name: Margaret Hayward CSC  (Provincial, assumed office 26 September 2009)
Address: Apt 1003, 6 John St, Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3T1, Canada
Tel: +1 905 849 0225
Email: Email

SSJD - Sisterhood of St John the Divine 

Founded 1884

The Sisterhood of St John the Divine is a monastic community of women within the Anglican Church of Canada. Founded in Toronto, we are a prayer-and gospel-centred monastic community, bound together by the call to live out our baptismal covenant through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. These vows anchor us in Jesus' life and 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 world, continually seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our life and ministries.

St John's Convent nurtures and supports the life of the whole Sisterhood. Our guest house welcomes individuals and groups who share in the community's prayer and liturgy; offers regularly scheduled retreats and quiet days, spiritual direction, and discernment programs for those seeking guidance in their life and work; and provides Sisters to preach, teach, speak, lead retreats and quiet days. Our programs help people build bridges between secular culture, the Church, and the monastic tradition. The Sisterhood witnesses to the power of Christ's 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 Sisters advocate for a vision of health care at the St. John's Rehab site of Sunnybrook Hospital which expresses SSJD's values in a multi-faith, multi-cultural setting. The Sisters provide spiritual and pastoral support for patients, staff and volunteers.

Contact Details

Name: Sister Elizabeth Ann Eckert SSJD  (Reverend 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