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Dear Friends of the
Sisterhood of Saint
John the Divine,
Each year, once past
the summer equinox,
I find it surprising how
quickly the daylight
hours get shorter both
from the perspective of
early-morning risers (In
the morning, O God,
you hear my voice; early
in the morning I make
my appeal and watch for you. Psalm 5:3), and
from our nightly prayer at Compline (I will
bless my God, who gives me counsel; my heart
teaches me, night after night. Psalm 16:5). I
notice the change of the seasons, moving from
summer to autumn. Time has passed since our
last issue of The Eagle and there is much to
report and reflect upon.
More than two years ago, the largest of the
visible organ pipes in our Chapel collapsed;
there was no danger of it falling, but it looked
ominous. The organ builder, Hal Gober, came
to take out the pipe and consider options for
repair. In June, with help from another organ
builder from Switzerland, he used a series of
brass rods attached to the backs of the pipes to
strengthen them to prevent further collapses.
After having lived with a gap-toothed rank of
organ pipes for these past two years, we are
delighted the organ has finally been repaired,
and received a thorough tuning.
Since the merger of St. John’s Rehab with
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, people
sometimes wonder if the Sisters are still taking
part in the ministry at the hospital. The short
answer is, “Yes.” Sr. Sue took on the role of
Spiritual Care Coordinator in May and will
be working this fall with Sisters Beryl, Anitra,
Sarah Jean and Debra, ably assisted by Amy
Joy Wong (an Alongsider), and a number of
volunteers, trained by the Rev. Joanne Davies
whom we hired as a half-time Chaplain. The
Rev. Joanne Davies began work at the SJR
site of Sunnybrook on July 2. She brings a
wealth of experience to the Spiritual Care
Department from her work at other hospitals
in Toronto. In June several Sisters took part in
a High Tea at St.
by the Volunteer
Association. It was
on an extremely hot
day in June, and
all of us there were
glad of the hats we
wore and parasols
I travelled to St. John’s House in Victoria,
BC, for a short visit at the end of June to help
move Sr. Sarah Jean back to Toronto. She
had suffered a terrible fracture in her left leg in
April. We really needed to get her back to the
Convent as she would not have been able to
manage the stairs at St. John’s House. Happily,
she is almost fully recovered, although she will
continue with some physiotherapy and exercise.
In July, Sisters Elizabeth, Constance Joanna,
Debra and I travelled to Ottawa to take part
in the Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church
of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Canada. Sisters Constance Joanna
and I were delegates to the Anglican General
Synod. Sisters Elizabeth and Debra helped to
staff the booth of the Conference of Anglican
Religious Orders of the Americas (CAROA).
Sr. Debra was a wonderful ambassador as she
is a rostered pastor of the ELCIC, on special
call to the Sisterhood. Many of the sessions
of the Joint Assembly were held jointly and
decisions were made together. When the two
we went to the
It was a positive
in the living out
of the Waterloo
Accord. The next
Joint Assembly will be in six years.
While I was away at the Joint Assembly, the
work began on the installation of the solar
panels on the roof of the Convent. Thank you
to the donors who so quickly and generously
helped us with this special project. The
response to the appeal for help with the solar
panels was overwhelming, so we were also
able to have a solar panel installed to light
the Sisterhood’s sign on Cummer Avenue.
Although rain in July and August slowed down
the installation of the panels, they are now up
Back row: Gwedhen Nicholas, Effie Addai, Nancy Nicholson, and
Front row: Karen Martin, Beverley Markwart, Margaret Moore,
and Valma Hay.
The Women at a Crossroads program was
attended by eight women this summer. We
appreciate sharing our life with these women as
they seek to be open to the leading of the Spirit
in their lives. Through sessions on prayer and
discernment, each woman attends to the still,
small voice of God, heard only in the silence. It
was a very contemplative group, and we were
happy to get to know them better.
We held our third annual Associate BBQ and
picnic at the end of July, and admitted Louise
Simos and Andrew Mugford as Associates.
This is an opportunity to invite our Associates
in the GTA to bring their families and friends
for a fun day at the Convent, and to show our
appreciation of all that the Associates mean to
us and all that they do for us. The Associates
in their turn can show their families and friends
their appreciation for their connection with the
I am very sad to report that Sister Constance
died on August 2 at age 109½ . I think she
would have liked me to note the half. Her
funeral was held on August 10 at St. James’
Cathedral because, among the long list of
awards and honours throughout her life, she
was also an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral.
As her body left St. James’ in the hearse,
there was a wonderful peal of bells from the
Cathedral spire, and traffic on King Street
stopped in both directions. A fitting tribute to a
life well-lived. We miss her presence among us.
You will see her obituary later in this issue.
We held a successful Donor Appreciation
event on Sunday, August 4. Donors came
for an evening of conversation, coffee and
refreshments so that we could say thank you.
To the many who support our work and life,
I thank you on behalf of the Sisterhood of
Saint John the Divine, and especially to those
who have given above and beyond their usual
donation to help us bridge the gap!
At the end of August, the Sisters met for
our Annual General Chapter. This is a time
when we gather together to renew our lives
in our vocation. We receive reports from
all the departments of work throughout the
Sisterhood, and we celebrate the work we
accomplished during the past year. During the
course of this Chapter we interred the ashes
of both Sisters Constance and Joyce, and of
our Associate Joan Trowles who had lived with
us for many years. We spent time after the
interment of ashes in a grief workshop. We
each shared a symbol of what our grief looks
like or feels like to us at this time. We came
to realize that the grief in our lives is multilayered, much like transitions. With each new
grief, older ones are stirred. It was wonderful
to recognize the grief we share as a community
year as an
the Franciscans in our cycle of daily prayers as
we seek to work together more collaboratively.
I hope that you will see more activity in this
area during the coming year as we deepen our
relationship with one another.
We celebrated the women in formation in our
community: Sisters Rhonda, Debra, Susanne
and Amanda. Sr. Rhonda was First Professed
on the Feast of St. Sergius, September 25. She
is continuing as the Guest House Coordinator,
and will take on the added responsibility of
being the Alongsider Coordinator.
Care at SJR. Sister Dorothy has gone to St.
John’s House in BC. Sr. Constance Joanna
is working part-time as interim priest-incharge at Christ Memorial Church in Oshawa,
and continues her teaching through Wycliffe
College. Sr. Debra has become an Honorary
Assistant at the Anglican Church of the
Incarnation and will be on the Spiritual Care
team at SJR.
This fall we
us. At the end
of August, we
bade farewell to
her year with us
and moved back
to her home in
Joy Wong is
as an Alongsider
and has been joined by Nancy Nicholson, who
was on the summer Women at a Crossroads
program. These women are living alongside the
Sisters, and joining us in our daily prayer and
work while they absorb the life of a monastic.
Next time you visit the Convent, you will see
the parking gate finally in place! Please check
in with the reception desk for the code to enter
the parking lot.
Even though the length of each day continues
to diminish as we move towards winter, we
pray both day and night, in light and in dark.
Our prayers are with you.
Sr. Elizabeth Ann, SSJD
Several Sisters have moved this fall into
different areas and responsibilities. Sr. Anitra
returned home from her apartment in St.
Hilda’s Towers and is now working in Spiritual
News from St. John s Rehab
In July of 2012, St. John’s Rehab Hospital
merged with Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre. While this has led to a number of
changes for both the Rehab and Sisters who
work there, overall the culture of the Rehab is
still what it was, and the spiritual care provided
by the Sisters continues as before.
Since last September, several Sisters have
worked at SJR: Sisters Amy, Anne, Beryl and
Dorothy have provided ongoing spiritual care;
Sisters Wilma and Jocelyn have helped at our
Sunday and Wednesday services. In May, Sr.
Sue became Spiritual
Care Coordinator and
one of the four spiritual
care providers. This
fall, Sisters Sarah Jean,
Anitra and Debra will
be at SJR. We continue
to use a number of
volunteers. Jule Ryder,
Irene Mills, Bessy
Arvanitis and Chi-Jane
Chou help to porter
patients for our services.
Donna Stanco has continued to play at the
Sunday worship services, and Joy Alloway for
the Hymn Sings. The Rev. Helga Elliott, Jean
Robinson and Larry Barker have all officiated
at the Sunday worship services. Since the
Rev. Jim O’Neill retired from presiding at
the Wednesday eucharist, our presiders have
been the Rev. Joanne Davies, the Rev. Robert
Gorham and the Rev. Douglas Graydon. We
are grateful to all these people for their faithful
service to SJR and to the Sisterhood.
After the merger, we were informed that the
Anglican Diocese of Toronto could provide
us with a part-time chaplain now that SJR
was part of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences
Centre. This July, after a year of interviews
and discussions with the Sisters and the Rev.
Douglas Graydon representing the Diocese, a
Priest-Chaplain, the Rev. Joanne Davies, was
Having a Priest-Chaplain has already made
a great difference to our work. We are now
able to offer holy communion to the patients
on Sunday afternoons. Also, the Rev. Joanne
Davies is skilled at recruiting and training
spiritual care volunteers. While the main
campus of Sunnybrook does not use volunteers
for spiritual care, many of the hospitals in
the Central LHIN (where SJR is located) do.
When the Sisters are all away from SJR at the
same time (during Chapter, Community Days,
funerals, etc.), having volunteers will allow us
to continue to offer spiritual care. We have
already recruited and
begun training a number
of women from among
our extended family
friends of the Sisterhood,
long-time friends of SJR).
Last October, Anke Flohr,
the Professional Practice
Leader for Spiritual
Care at the Bayview and
Holland sites, and some
of the other spiritual care providers from the
Bayview site, came to SJR and met with the
Sisters. On June 10, Sisters Anne, Dorothy,
Debra and Sue attended a workshop on
Evidence-based Spiritual Care at the Bayview
campus which was very interesting. Over this
past summer, we continued the conversations
on how we may best collaborate with the other
Sunnybrook sites. Our plan is to meet regularly
with the spiritual care providers at Bayview and
Holland, to share experience and ideas. We are
looking forward to this new venture.
For all the changes, it has been a good year,
and we look forward to the next.
Sr. Sue, SSJD, Spiritual Care Coordinator
St. John’s Rehab Program
at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
News from the Guest House
The Guest House ministry of hospitality
continues to be a vital and integral part of our
Christian witness to the gospel-based values by
which SSJD is committed to live.
Thanks to increased media coverage via our
website, the “Food for the Soul” booklet of
upcoming Quiet Days, retreats and events, our
e-newsletter “Home for the Heart”, Facebook,
blogs, and “word of mouth”, we have been
blessed with many new guests. Some come
for a day, or an overnight stay, then decide to
become regular visitors, or book longer retreats,
depending on their time and need. We advise
individuals and groups to book early, especially
for events featuring high-profile retreat leaders.
We put comment cards in the rooms and
welcome feedback from our guests. Some of
their comments are: “rejuvenating”, “peace and
comfort”, “helped to restore a struggling heart
of faith”, “food is awesome”, “clean and soulnourishing”, “It was perfect. I didn’t know how
tired I was.”
Some guests say it feels like a country retreat
in the midst of the city, “an oasis of quiet”,
especially when they see birds, squirrels, an
occasional rabbit, groundhog, raccoon, or fox.
This past week we even had two young deer
nibbling at the brush by the tree line. The lush
gardens and grounds, the labyrinth, shrine,
Guest House courtyard, chapel services, etc.
all contribute to the healing atmosphere guests
We are truly blessed to be able to share our
home with all who hear about us and are drawn
to come. Although we continue to host many
Anglican church groups – clergy, Advisory
Committee on Postulants for Ordination
(ACPO), diocesan groups and pre-ordination
retreats – we also have people and groups from
many different denominations. Two Buddhist
groups come for a week each year.
We also provide space for Education for
Ministry (EfM) classes, and meeting space for
spiritual directors and their directees. We offer
families of patients in St. John’s Rehab (SJR)
a place of respite and support. They find the
Guest House very peaceful, and it is a comfort
for both them and their loved ones to be closer
to each other.
The hub of many homes is the kitchen, and that
holds true here, too. Sharing meals together
is an important part of what Benedictine
hospitality is all about. We move from the
chapel, where our minds and spirits are fed,
into the refectory, where our bodies are
nourished by the tasty array of dishes prepared
by the loving hands of our kitchen staff.
We are grateful
for our Guest
House staff –
Frisca Ozorio, our
We give thanks for
Amy Joy and Joyce,
who joined us in
Joyce Lambert and Amy Joy Wong
and have been a great blessing to our ministry
and the life of this Community. Joyce was our
Volunteer Coordinator, and Amy Joy a Spiritual
Director, as well as an assistant in the office.
And we also give sincere and huge thanks to all
of our volunteers who assist in the Guest House
office, at the Reception Desk, and tending
our many plants, etc. We wish to express
our gratitude to Susan Murphy, our former
Alongsider who left in May, yet remains editor
and publisher of our e-newsletter “Home for
I close by saying, “For those who have visited
us, for those now visiting us, and for those who
will come in the future, thanks be to God!”
Sr. Rhonda, SSJD
Guest House Coordinator
News from St. John s House, BC
We have all participated in conducting retreats,
Quiet Days or workshops. Our focus this year
has been doing retreats outside the house. The
Anglican Rosary workshop was well attended
but retreats were not. Sr. Louise led the Advent
retreat in the house. It was based on a book
that looks at the birth of Jesus from a midwife’s
There is a quote: “Blessed are the flexible for
they will not be bent out of shape.” I add, “for
they know their God is with them.” This sums
up the year at St. John’s House, BC. Plans
were often changed at the last minute; a few
changes occurred due to illness or injuries.
Doreen Davidson, the Oblate living with us for
the past several years, returned to her house on
Salt Spring in January. God provided others to
assist us. In May, Sr. Anitra came out to help
ease the load.
We joined the Convent computer system this
past year. Sr. Constance Joanna came to
help set up the computers and do some basic
teaching. This has been a learning curve for us,
but we are managing. Thanks to all of you for
your patience, balanced with persistence during
that time when emails disappeared.
Each of us continues to do volunteer work in
the community. Sisters Brenda and Louise
had the opportunity to go to Prince George
to do a workshop for the Anglican Parishes
of the Central Interior. The autumn colours
were brilliant. It was great to meet Associates
who live in that area. Sr. Brenda also took a
workshop to be a Safe Church Facilitator for
Sisters Brenda and Louise participated in the
production “From the Heart”, written and
acted by local volunteers to bring awareness
and educate non-Aboriginals of their need to
“decolonize”. A book will be coming out to help
others create a similar production.
It was a great pleasure to visit and pray with
Associates in Edmonton and Winnipeg. All the
snow was a delight for Sr. Brenda, although she
knew she hadn’t been living with it for months,
and did not have to worry where all the water
In June we said goodbye to Sr. Sarah Jean,
who returned to the Convent. Sr. Dorothy
joined us in September. Thank you all for
your prayer support, especially these past few
months. It helped us not get too bent out of
Sr. Brenda, SSJD
Head of House
Sister Constance Murphy, SSJD
February 2, 1904 – August 2, 2013
Sr. Constance died
peacefully at the
convent on August
2nd, 2013, just over
80 years after she
was admitted to the
Sisterhood in January,
1933. It is the end
of an era for the
Sisterhood of St. John
the Divine for she
is the last Sister to
have known and lived in the convent on Major
Street. In the Epiphany Eagle of 2012, I wrote
a three page article on Sr. Constance to honour
her 75th Profession Anniversary on December
21st, 2011 which you can access online at
Sr. Constance’s funeral at St. James’ Cathedral
was attended by over 250 people who had
known and loved her, including three women
who had known her as a teacher at the
Diocesan Qu’Appelle School, where she had
seventeen challenging years beginning as a
teacher in 1938, acting headmistress in 1944,
and finally headmistress from 1947 to 1955.
The Rev. Bill Whitla, in his homily, described
Sr. Constance as “a nun in motion, hurrying
here and there, teaching the young and . . .
working on behalf of the elderly.”
He stated that “it was in gerontology that
she was a pioneer.” In 1958, she became
the Sister-in-Charge of the Church Home for
the Aged where she worked until 1972. She
completed her Certificate in Administration of
Homes for the Aged at McMaster University
in 1970. In 1975 she was appointed as
chair of the Diocesan Committee on Aging
by the bishop of the Diocese. She was also
a Canadian observer at the White House
Conference on Aging in 1971 and again in
1981. From September, 1976 to September,
1977 she studied at the University of Michigan
and received her M.A. in Adult Education and a
Certificate in Gerontology.
With Fr. Charles Feilding she was one of the
founding members of the Canadian Institute of
Religion and Gerontology in 1975. Through
this Institute and with the help of others, she
produced A Book of Prayers in Large Print.
In 1977 she was appointed the Diocesan
Coordinator for Work with the Elderly;
apparently she made annual attempts to
“resign” but the “bishop bade me carry on year
by year.” She finally resigned in 1983.
In 1990 her 18 years of service as chaplain to
the residents of Lambert Lodge and CastleviewWychwood Towers was celebrated by the
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.
In 1997 she was elected an Honorary Member
of the Ontario Gerontology Association. The
letter which she received to inform her of this
decision referred to her as “a pioneer in the
study of aging both at McMaster University
and the University of Michigan. As one of the
subjects in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of
Aging, you have added to our knowledge of the
On September 27, 1997, her autobiography,
Other Little Ships, was officially launched.
Sr. Constance continued working with the
elderly until she was well over 100 years old.
On December 4, 2009, the newly appointed
American Ambassador to Canada, David
Jacobson, came to Toronto to present Sr.
Constance with a personally signed letter
of congratulations from the recently elected
President of the United States, Barack Obama.
She received numerous awards for her work
with the elderly, including an Honorary
Doctor of Divinity from the University of
Emmanuel College (Saskatoon, 1982); an
Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Letters from
Trinity College (Toronto,1984); an Ontario
Senior Citizens Achievement Award (1985); a
Certificate for Volunteer Services in recognition
of services provided for residents of the Metro
Homes for the Aged (1986); the Toronto
Senior of the Year Award in recognition of her
ongoing ministry to seniors (1999); and was
made a Canon of the Cathedral (2004).
Sr. Constance will be greatly missed by all who
Sr. Elizabeth, SSJD
News of Central and Eastern Associates
I did a fair amount of travelling over the course
of the year, starting in September 2012. I
gave an Associate Quiet Day in London on
September 15, then spent five weeks in the
Maritimes in September/October. Over the
course of this trip I met or spoke by phone
with many of our Associates east of Quebec;
we have a wonderful group of women and
men who are attentive to their Rule of Life and
generous in sharing their experience of SSJD.
The trip began with a weekend Vocational
Deacons’ Retreat in Halifax and ended with
a discussion of how to promote knowledge
and activities of the various Anglican Religious
Orders whose Associates live in the Diocese
of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. In
between, I had the opportunity to lead Quiet
Days or Retreats for Associates and for clergy
in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Central
Newfoundland, and Western Newfoundland.
I also spoke at the Atlantic School of Theology
in Halifax and joined the seminarians at
Queen’s College, St. John’s for their weekly
community lunch. During my time in St.
John’s, I was privileged to assist our Associate
David Pilling with a Quiet Day focussed on
Psalm 23, as well as giving a reflection to a
number of our Associates at St. Luke’s Home
in that city.
In 2013, I travelled to Huntsville in January,
meeting with Associates on January 11, and
giving a Quiet Day on January 12. On February
22, I went to Kingston, met with Associates,
and went on to Seeley’s Bay, where I gave
a Quiet Day at the Parish of Leeds Rear on
February 23. While at the Convent, I continued
meeting with Associates whenever possible,
continuing to enlarge my acquaintance with
The Associates in most areas of these provinces
are doing well. Some places, like Montreal,
Nova Scotia and Eastern Newfoundland,
Toronto (Ward of the Ascension), Ottawa,
Orillia, Huntsville, Sudbury, Kingston and
Thunder Bay, have active groups who meet
at least once a year for prayer and fellowship.
Central and Western Newfoundland have
few Associates, but tend to piggyback on the
activities in Eastern Newfoundland. In other
areas, the Associates are not as likely to come
together, but individually are following their
Rule of Life with devotion.
Andrew Mugford and Louise Simos being
admitted as Associates
as last year.
In Montreal, Gayna Knowles, Shirley Smith
and Helen Pickup look after events, with Susan
Hill taking care of email communications. For
Nova Scotia/PEI, Davena Davis is helped by
Patricia Leader and Oblate Frances DroletSmith. In Ottawa, Daryl Banke, Vicki Milnes
and Pat Longsworth are on the Executive
team. Elizabeth King and Val Kenyon look after
the London Associates, and Connie Gardiner
does the same for Kingston. Mary Johnson
handles Orillia. In Eastern Newfoundland, David
Pilling has taken on the role of liaison with the
Associate Director and communicating with the
Associates in that area; he is assisted by Trudy
Gosse, who helps plan events, especially for
and at St. Luke’s Home.
The Ward of the Ascension held its third annual
picnic on the last Saturday of July, 2013.
More than 60 people attended, including
friends, spouses, children and grandchildren of
Associates. The Advent and Lenten Quiet Days
were also well attended, as was the Epiphany
Tea. This year we sent 22 boxes of spiritual/
theological books to Jamaica for their Healing
Conference. At the Annual General Meeting,
we introduced a number of changes, including
• hold the AGM on the Saturday following the
Feast of the Ascension;
• add Members-at-Large to the Executive;
• start a Discussion Group, in addition to the
• fundraise to pay shipping charges to send
books to Jamaica.
It has been a pleasure and an honour to work as
Associate Director these past few years.
Sr. Sue, Associate Director
News of Western & Prairies Associates
As Christians we are called to a life of
simplicity and a single-minded focus on God
as exemplified in the light of Jesus. As Sisters
and Associates we put ourselves in the position
to receive the grace of simplicity through our
prayer life and our practice of ministry. Thus
simplicity is both a grace and a discipline. It has
an inward and outward aspect to it. Simplicity
is manifested in how we live our lives, how
we respond to each other, how we express
ourselves, how we care for the world and each
other, and through our relationship with God.
Gratitude is a manifestation of simplicity. We
Sisters are very grateful to all of you who have
prayed for us and sent words of encouragement
to us this last while. We experienced some
challenging times when Sisters Sarah Jean
and Louise were in hospital experiencing lifechanging events, and I was tired. Sr. Sarah
Jean’s fracture of the femur has now healed
enough for her to start full weight bearing,
and Sr. Louise is progressing well but is still
experiencing some effects of the stroke.
This year I visited the Associates in snowy
Edmonton and Winnipeg. It was a delight to
see familiar faces and new faces, to chat and to
pray with you. The above thought on simplicity
is a summary of the Quiet Days I gave. While
I was taking a Spiritual Direction Course at
the Naramata Centre in BC, I was able to
visit both in person and over the phone with
Associates in that area. Sr. Louise and I had the
opportunity to go to Prince George (Anglican
Parishes of the Central Interior) to conduct
a workshop on Intercessory Prayer for a
conference. For both of us it was great to meet
Associates who we knew only through prayer,
and chat on the phone with those Associates
who could not attend the Diocesan Conference.
Thank you to all everywhere for your hospitality
(your smiles, meals, and accommodation), and
your presence at meetings.
BC Associates and Sisters
In Victoria, the Associates helped us celebrate
St. John’s Day, both in December and May.
Thank you to Associate the Rev. Canon Bill
Morrison for celebrating the eucharist for
us in May. Associates also joined us for Sr.
Constance’s memorial service.
This year we welcomed Susan Roe-Finlay of
Winnipeg, Laurie Ljubojevic of Victoria, and
Clare Palmer of Vancouver as Associates.
Blessings on your journey as Associates, and
your call to live a life of simplicity.
Sr. Brenda, SSJD
Associate Milestones: 2012-2013
Quebec: Valerie Bennett of Saint Hubert
Ontario: Mike Peter of Ajax; Sue Ann Elite,
Molly Finlay, Rev. Andrea Budgey, Rev. Jeannie
Loughrey, Andrew Mugford and Louise Simos of
Toronto; Patti Brace of Sudbury; Tracey HandBreckenridge of Orangeville; Mavis Hristow of
Scarborough; Marie-Louise Bechthold of Huntsville
Manitoba: Susan Roe-Finlay of Winnipeg
British Columbia: Lynn Cawthra of Parksville;
Kathryn Tulip of Qualicum Beach; Clare Palmer of
Vancouver; Laurie Ljubojevic of Victoria
(for calendar year 2013)
25 years: Leslie Tolton, Phyllis Beach, Gail
Holland, David & Margaret MacMillan, Rev. Claire
Goodrich-Dyer, Josie Attia, Susan Chor, Cathy
Paxton, Rev. Robert Ross, Margaret Kitching,
Billie Anne Robinson, Rev. Brian Parker, Fr. Philip
Townshend-Carter, Ven. Pat Johnston, Karen Ann
McKinna, Marguerite Barry, June Coote, Dorothy
Bell, Jane Morton, Rev. Marion Booth, Linda
Shattuck, Brenda Cameron, Kathleen Materie
64 years: Dorothy Johns
65 years: Margaret Wackett
66 years: Ada Potter
68 years: Rev. C. Russell Elliott
69 years: Ven. William Wright
Deaths (admission date in brackets)
Mar 29 Rev. John Speers, Barrie, ON (Jan, 1954)
Sep 22 Rev. Frederick Cross, Barrie, ON
Oct 3 Harry Eerkes, Victoria, BC (April, 1998)
Oct 5 Muriel Browne, Binghamton, NY
Oct 6 Peter Speight, Delta, BC (Mar, 1981)
Oct 28 Rev. Donald Landon, Toronto, ON
Nov 20 Rev. Arnold Ruskell, Goderich, ON
Dec 1 Ruth Laybourne, Toronto, ON
Evelyn Elliott, Burlington, ON (Jun, 1987)
60 years: Margaret Reid, Mary Scovil, Rev. Sidney
Horne, Rev. Reginald Alcock, Bernice Pilling
Mar 20 Margaret Hodkins, Abbotsford, BC
Apr 1 Susan King, Kelowna, BC (Apr, 1991)
Rev. Thomas Little, Toronto, ON
Apr 5 Rev. Bruce Mutch, Toronto, ON
Apr 28 Rosemary Watkins, Ottawa, ON
May 10 Hope MacMullin, Fredericton, NB
May 16 Claire Andrews, Toronto, ON (Dec, 1998)
May 30 Stella George, Toronto, ON (May, 1990)
June 26 Sharyn Poole, Rosseau, ON (June, 1988)
July 9 Joan Trowles, Toronto, ON (May, 1946)
Aug 15 Rev. James Tiffen, Edmonton, AB
Aug 21 Rev. Brigitte Schloss, St John’s, NL
Aug 22 Marion Grove, Burnaby, BC (Jan, 1974)
Aug 27 Rev. Gordon Worden, Gloucester, ON
61 years: Evelyn Rubie, Mary Frances Allin, Rev.
May 15, 2013 Rev. Max Woolaver, Grimsby, ON
30 years: Barbara Dyson, Joan Taylor, Shirley
Park, Rev. Raymond Porth, Diana Coultish,
Mary Hazell, Rev. Philip Rowswell, Hilda Slade,
Bp. Dennis Drainville, Heather Luccock, Joanne
Forsyth, Deidre Laidlaw
35 years: Rev. Dawn Gilby, Jane Cameron, Lloy
McFadden, Rev. Carleton Hayden, Shirley Tapley,
Rev. Dale Huston
40 years: Christine Watt, Anne Tanner, Winifred
Anions, Rev. Richard Anions, Irene Rainsford, Rev.
Linda Osmond, Patricia Goodman
45 years: Sallyanne Etherington, Marcia Hollis
50 years: Marion Stalter, Barbara Hicks, Karol Hill,
Lillian Locker, Mary Walker, Margaret Adamson,
55 years: Rev. Donald Anderson, Rev. Cameron
Cairns, Rev. Elsie Stephenson (D), Rev. William
62 years: Mary Ann Graham
News of our Oblates
This was a very exciting year for our Oblates,
because it was the second Triennial meeting to
be held at the Convent in Toronto. As Oblate
Director I was present and took the opportunity
to visit with many of the Oblates.
Sandy Austin, Nancy Scott and Bunny Stewart
were responsible for organizing the agenda.
They did a wonderful job gathering speakers
and presenters, as well as designing a very
relaxed and workable schedule.
There was good participation and feedback
on the part of the 15 Oblates present, as they
shared their thoughts with us during the prayer
and reflection times, and as they took the lead
in making presentations on various topics.
Doreen Davidson was at the keyboard for many
of the Offices, and the Rev. Frances DroletSmith celebrated on St. John’s Day. All shared
in various chapel duties.
Since Chapter 2012, five Oblates have made
Life Promises: Janice Barnes, Nora Bottomley,
Sue House, Julie Poskitt and Nancy Scott.
Mervat Iskander and Dorothy Dahli were
received as Oblates, and Kathryn Tulip of
Qualicum, BC, began her discernment.
Compline together once a week. The Rev. Sue
House, an Oblate, celebrated the eucharist with
us several times at the Aberdeen Rehab Facility
when Sr. Sarah Jean was recuperating from
As Oblate Director I have had a very fulfilling
year. I have been privileged to hear some of the
stories of Oblates’ vocations, and their growth
into their Rules of Life. I had the opportunity
to journey with a discerning Oblate, and also to
welcome a new discerner.
We are grateful to our Oblates for their prayers,
the time given, their ministries, and the way
they enhance our lives.
Sr. Louise, SSJD
Doreen Davidson and Frances Drolet-Smith
have been meeting via SKYPE to visit and say
From the Fundraising Office
Solar Panels: Due to almost immediate, generous
donations to our Solar Energy Project (two large
donations, one from the Anglican Foundation and
another from an anonymous donor), and several
generous donations from individuals, we have met
our goal to pay for the solar panels.
The GAP appeal: As of mid-August we have
reached two thirds of our $100,000 goal. Thank you
for the generous response towards this GAP appeal.
We are confident that there will be support to reach
Thank you, you are wonderful!
Back row: Sisters Elizabeth, Elizabeth Ann, Susanne, Constance Joanna, Jocelyn, Amanda, Dorothy, Beryl
Second row: Sisters Helen Claire, Debra, Doreen, Brenda, Rhonda, Margaret Ruth, Jean, Sue, Anne
Seated: Sisters Louise, Jessica, Patricia, Merle, Wilma, Sarah Jean, Margaret Mary
Altar linens may be purchased from Sr. Jocelyn, SSJD,
at the Convent. All linens are hand-sewn from Irish
linen. Items which may be purchased include Purificators,
Lavabo Towels, Baptismal Towels, Fair Veils, Palls on
Plexi Glass, Corporals and Sick Communion Sets.
Closing service at Joint Assembly
For details, please contact Sr. Jocelyn: email@example.com
Tel: 416-226-2201, ext. 310
The Houses of the Sisterhood
St. John’s Convent
233 Cummer Avenue, Toronto, ON M2M 2E8
416-226-2201; Fax: 416-226-2131; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s House, B.C.
3937 St. Peter’s Road, Victoria, B.C. V8P 2J9
250-920-7787; Fax: 250-920-7709; email: email@example.com
The Eagle is published several times a year by the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, St. John’s Convent,
Toronto, ON M2M 2E8. An annual donation of $10 to help cover the cost would be greatly appreciated.
Please let us know promptly of any changes of address. The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is a registered charity.
Our charitable donation number is BN 11925 4266 RR0001.