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Residential Program:

The residential Companions program is an immersive opportunity to experience a contemporary monastic community rooted in the Benedictine tradition. It is open to women ages 21 and up regardless of Christian denomination.

Companions live, work, and pray alongside the sisters, learning from them but also sharing each companion’s own gifts with the sisters and their ministries. They will:

Learn to cultivate peaceful and creative ways of living in a diverse intentional communityAppreciate silence and solitude as well as community and service for a healthy lifePut down deep roots of spiritual intimacy with God and each otherDevelop a personal path to ongoing spiritual growth Discern individual gifts and vocation

Companions Online Program:

Open to women of all Christian expressions, Companions Online is an opportunity to become “monastics in the world,” living a Benedictine rhythm of prayer, work, study, and recreation. Online Companions learn to develop practices that support and nurture their spiritual life from the comfort of their homes.

They meet regularly for classes and discussion groups, and commit to times of personal prayer at home. They share in book studies, participate in online worship experiences, and screen films relevant to spiritual growth and self-understanding. Online Companions also develop spiritual disciplines that follow liturgical year.

Application start and end dates (both programs): January 1, 2022 – May 15, 2022

Program dates (both programs): September 2022- July 2023

Residential Companions Program: suggested $100.00/month. If cost is a hindrance, assistance is available.

Companions Online Program: suggested $50.00/month. If cost is a hindrance, assistance is available.

To learn more about either program, or to apply, email Shannon Frank-Epp, Program Coordinator, at or phone St. John’s Convent at 416-226-2201, ext. 342


  • Pre-COVID gathering around the piano Photo Michael Hudson, Diocese of Toronto
  • 2021 Class Photo on Zoom Photo Submitted