Book Review: A Journey Just Begun

A Journey Just Begun: the story of an Anglican sisterhood is a beautifully colour illustrated coffee table book complied by famous Canadian writer Jane Christmas and Sister Constance Joanna with a foreword by Primate Fred Hiltz. The book tells the story of the only indigenous Canadian Anglican religious order for women, the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, in away 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. The book is available from the convent and on Amazon.
In Manitoba, the SSJD Associates Ward was established in 1924 at St. Michael and All Angels Church. Today, the 32 Manitoba associates include both men and women, lay and clergy, who live by the SSJD Associates Rule of Life. They meet in various parishes for SSJD days of obligations.

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