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A Journey Just Begun

The Story of an Anglican Sisterhood

by (author) The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine

edited by Jane Christmas & Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2015
Anglican, Faith, Institutions & Organizations
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A Journey Just Begun tells the story of the only indigenous Canadian Anglican religious order for women, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, in a way that celebrates the Sisters' past, describes their present, and looks forward to their future. It focuses on God's transforming love in the lives of the Sisters, and in the lives of those they serve.

The 130-year history of the Sisterhood is explored through the lens of its six Reverend Mothers and in the context of the culture of each era. The monastic life as lived today and into the future is portrayed through the lens of monastic sacred space, specifically the architecture and landscaping of the Sisters' chapels and buildings. Photographs and other creative works by the Sisters (visual arts, poetry, and music) illustrate their past, present, and future.

About the authors

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine is an Anglican monastic community founded in Toronto in 1884. During the past 130 years the Sisters have lived a life of prayer and service to the church and the world throughout Canada, pioneering in health care, education, care of the elderly, retreats, and spiritual formation.

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine's profile page

JANE CHRISTMAS is the author of several bestselling books, including What the Psychic told the Pilgrim, about her mid-life pilgrimage along Spain’s famed Camino trail; Incontinent on the Continent, about a six-week road trip through Italy with her elderly and opinionated mother in the hopes of finding a rapprochement in their relationship; as well as And Then There Were Nuns, which chronicles Jane’s discernment about entering religious life, and was a finalist for the 2014 Leacock Memorial Award for Humour. She has been published in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Germany. Born and raised in Canada, Jane Christmas is the mother of three wonderful adults and the ex-wife of two kind-hearted husbands. In 2012, she moved to the UK, where she lives in southwest England with her current husband.

Jane Christmas' profile page

Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert's profile page

Editorial Reviews

Like the subject matter, the book is spiritually sensitive, but up for the intellectual rigour and ardour of the world we live in.

Anglican Journal

This is not simply a collective biography of The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, but also a sociocultural history.

Ontario Historical Society

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