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Since the 6th century, St. Benedict’s Rule has guided individuals and communities to live prayerful lives of loving service. Today many Christians are seeking fresh ways to express ancient truths. The Sisters of St. John the Divine, an Anglican order based in Toronto, is planting new seeds of community life and mission, renewing the monastic life both in the church and for the church.

Companions on an Ancient Path, an initiative of the Sisters of St. John the Divine begun in 2016, invites women of any denomination, age 21 and up, to spend a year in spiritual formation, learning to pray, serve others and study while living alongside the Sisters in intentional community.

Those who become Companions will access “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 Sr. Connie Gefvert, SSJD.

The 2018-2019 cohort begins in September. A woman interested in exploring the Companions’ program may request a program description, application and further information from the Companions’ Coordinator, Sister Constance Joanna, by email or call 416-226-2201, ext. 316. Applications will be considered anytime before June 15.

The Sisterhood of Saint John the Divine, founded in 1884, is a contemporary expression of religious life within the Anglican Church of Canada. The SSJD is a prayer and gospel-centered monastic community bound together by the call to live out the baptismal covenant through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

For more information about being a Companion, visit and our social media sites: Facebook: SSJDCanada; Twitter: SSJDCanada; Youtube: SSJDCanada; Flickr:SSJD.