Introduction to the community
Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, the Community of the Sisters of the Church is an international body of lay and ordained women within the Anglican Communion. We are seeking to be faithful to the gospel values of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, and to the traditions of Religious Life while exploring new ways of expressing them and of living community life and ministry today. By our worship, ministry and life in community, we desire to be channels of the reconciling love and acceptance of Christ, to acknowledge the dignity of every person, and to enable others to encounter the living God whom we seek.
The Community’s patrons, St Michael and the Angels, point us to a life both of worship and active ministry, of mingled adoration and action. Our name, Sisters of the Church, reminds us that our particular dedication is to the mystery of the Church as the Body of Christ in the world.
Each house has its own timetable of corporate worship. The Eucharist and Divine Office (usually fourfold) are the heart of our Community life.
Community houses provide different expressions of our life and ministry in inner city, suburban, coastal town and village settings.
Addresses of houses:
Sr Heather Broadwell CSC
Unit 303 – 28 Duke St, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1X1
Tel: 289 396 6103
Sr Margaret Hayward CSC
(& the Community of the Sisters of the Church, c/o Sr Margaret)
Apt 1003 – 6 John St, Oakville, ON, L6K 3T1
Tel: 905 849 0225
General email: email@example.com
Sr Michael Trott CSC
Apt 604 – 6 John St, Oakville, ON, L6K 3T1
Tel: 905 845 7186
Sr Marguerite Mae Eamon CSC
Unit 1110 – 1240 Marlborough Court, Oakville, ON, L6H 3K7
Tel: 905 842 5696
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Susan Belld, Bishop of Niagara
A Valiant Victorian: The Life and Times of Mother Emily Ayckbowm 1836-1900 of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, Mowbray, London, 1964.
Ann M Baldwin CSC, Now is the Time: a brief survey of the life and times of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, CSC, 2005.
Third Order, Fellowship, Associates
Associates are men and women who seek to live the Gospel values of Simplicity, Chastity and Obedience within their own circumstances. Each creates his/her own Rule of Life and has a Link Sister or Link House. They are united in spirit with CSC in its life of worship and service, fostering a mutually enriching bond.
Mother Superior: Sr Marguerite Mae Eamon CSC, Canadian Province
Assumed office 1 December 2019
Provincial: Heather Broadwell CSC
Assumed office 30 September 2019
Marguerite Mae Eamon