The Community of the Sisters of the Church was founded in England in 1870. The Community pioneered work in Christian education, child care, social welfare and mission work. By the mid-1890's the Sisters had established work throughout England and in Canada, Burma, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Eventually Provinces were established: the UK Province, the Canadian Province, the Australian Province and the Solomon Islands Province. By 1989 all institutional works, schools and children's homes world-wide had been given up or handed over to others and new ways of service and ministry continue to be explored. In 2018, Marguerite Mae Eamon, was the first Canadian sister elected to be Mother Superior of the Community of the Sisters of the Church worldwide.
Today the life of prayer and worship continues to be the foundation and from that evolves ministries of hospitality, spiritual direction, informal educational work such as facilitating retreats and workshops, preaching, teaching Sunday School and Christian clowning. Sisters, lay and ordained, also work in parishes, or as hospital or prison chaplains. It also directs and administers the registered charity, Church Extension Association, Inc.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of printed material, including miscellaneous monographs, circulars, informational pamphlets, Our Work : A monthly Chronicle of the Church Extension Association 1937-1966; the Canadian Leaflet and subsequent newsletters from 1938-1999, the CSC Newsletter, 1967-2018, the Annual Report of the Church Extension Association, a taped interview with Sister Julianna, and DVD of the Blessing of Sister Linda Mary as Mother Superior. In 2005 five boxes of books from the Community's library were received.
Religious communities of men or women vowed to God have existed in the Church for many centuries and do exist today in many parts of the world, in the Anglican Communion as in other Christian traditions. Many of these Communities have existed in the United States and Canada since 1870. In 1948, 40 religious from 21 religious orders in North America met in New York City to discuss the formation of an Advisory Council for Anglican Religious Communities in the United States and Canada. On November 4, 1949 a constitution was adopted giving birth to what eventually became The Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas (CAROA).
Religious communities of the Anglican Church of Canada are members of the CAROA. Member religious orders hold in common a commitment for life or an agreed term of years, holding possessions in common, celibate life in community, and obedience to a Rule and Constitution. The purpose of the Conference is to coordinate the interests and experience of its members and to speak as an advocate for the religious orders of the Church. The member religious communities in Canada are: The Community of the Sisters of the Church, The Order of the Holy Cross, The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, The Society of St. John the Evangelist (Incorporated in Canada, but no chapters functioning in Canada at present).
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of directories of the members of the Conference of Anglican Religious Orders in the Americas (1965-2006), A Handbook of Guidelines (2009), information pamphlets, and a paper presented to the Advisory Council of the Conference in 1970.