The Bishop's Messengers of St. Faith's, founded in 1928 by Marguerita Fowler, preached and conducted services of prayer, visitation, Sunday School and confirmation classes in school houses, homes and mission churches in the isolated regions of the Prairies where few clergymen were available. The Bishop's Messengers of St. Faith's was later named The Order of St. Faith's and was disbanded in 1979.
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Fonds consists of pamphlets and newsletters outlining the order's function and versions of its constitution. Also includes photocopies of short histories of the Bishop's Messengers of St. Faith's including, The Story of St. Faith's, by Marguerita D. Fowler, O.B.E.
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).
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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.
File consists of pamphlets or information sheets on The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine, Holy Cross Priory: Anglican Benedictine Community in Canada, Emmaus Community, The Society of Our Lady Saint Mary, The Worker Sisters and Brothers of The Holy Spirit, Franciscans, Contemplative Fire, The Community of the Sisters of the Church, The Jeremiah Community, The Oratory of the Good Shepherd, Order of the Holy Cross.
Also includes A Handbook of Guidelines (2009), newsletters for The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (The Eagle), Holy Cross Priory: Anglican Benedictine Community in Canada (Holy Cross News), and The Community of the Sisters of the Church (CSC Newsletter).
Also includes a cd-rom entitled, American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome and a DVD entitled, Another Way: Anglican Religious Orders in North America.
1 cm of textual material ; 74 photographs ; 2 moving image items
The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine was founded in 1884 by a Canadian woman, Hannah Grier Coome. She took her training at an American community, the Sisters of St. Mary in Peekskill, New York, for two years. In 1884 she made her vows and returned to Toronto, where several young women were waiting to join her in establishing the new community. In 1885, the sisters moved into a house on Robinson Street. Shortly after, they acquired the house next door, on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Robinson Street, where they opened the first surgical hospital for women in Toronto. The Sisters of St. John the Divine followed what is known as the mixed Religious Life, of prayer and works of mercy, such as teaching, nursing and caring for the needy.
At its height, the SSJD ran convents in Toronto and Bracebridge; mission houses in Montreal, Toronto, Regina, and Edmonton; schools in Ottawa and Regina; an old age home in Toronto, and hospitals in Springhill, Nova Scotia and Toronto.
Their modern activities include retreats, missions, workshops, conferences, and white work embroidery at St. John's Convent in Toronto; St. John's rehabilitation hospital in Toronto; and diocesan and parish work.
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Fonds consists of booklets of historical sketches of the sisterhood, a booklet on St. John's Convalescent Hospital, an annual report (1909), children's choral communion service hymn book (1945), articles on the convent (1953, 1960, 2005), a film entitled 'A Life to Give', photographs, and miscellaneous material.
GSA also holds copies of St. John's Messenger (1892-1961); The Eagle (1964-2007); and Hilltop and Valley, Bracebridge, Ont. (1948-1959); all official publications of the SSJD.
The Society of Saint Margaret was founded as a nursing order in 1855 by the Rev. John Mason Neale to care for the poor and ill in the countryside in Sussex, England. They also taught and evangelized as there was opportunity. As the demand for the help of the Sisters grew, daughter houses were established in England, as well as locations in the USA, Canada and Haiti. The Sisters live a Religious life of prayer and contemplation as well as practical service to others.
In 1873, the Sisters of St. Margaret went to Boston to act as superintendents at Children’s Hospital. Not limiting themselves to the work of nursing, the Sisters established a School of Embroidery, an Altar Bread Department and a Parochial School.
In 1881, the first long term work outside of Boston was established in Montreal where the Sisters had been nursing in an epidemic of smallpox. In 1885, St. Margaret's Home officially opened as a home for incurably sick women without regard to nationality or religion. Like their Boston counterparts, the Sisters of St. Margaret have reached out to meet various needs in the society, but eventually the home became a home for aged women and then a home for seniors. In the mid-1970s the Sisters of St. Margaret withdrew from the Home that they had run for over a century.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of two historical booklets, one article, and one photograph.
GSA also holds copies of God's Rock Garden : The Little Paper of the Sisters of St. Margaret in Canada. Bracebridge, Ont. : Bracebridge, Ont.: 1933-1944