Society of St John the Divine (SSJD)

Introduction to the community

The Society has never been a large community, with just sixty professions over a century, and has always worked in Natal. Originally the community ran schools and orphanages.  In 2015, four Sisters moved up to Pietermaritzburg to reside in Marian Villa Home for the Aged.  There is now only one Sister remaining – Sister Hilary.

Contact details

067 209 7180 (mobile for Sister Hilary)

Address: 282 Alexandra Road, Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Community information

Date of foundation:

Vicar General: Rt Revd Tsietsi Seleoane



Sister Margaret Anne SSJD, What the World Counts Weakness, privately published 1987 (out of print).
Sister Margaret Anne SSJD, They Even Brought Babies, privately published.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Sister Hilary keeps in touch by email with a few Associates and Friends within South Africa and in Canada and the UK.


Sister Hilary SSJD

Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

1 Sep 2017 – Sister Sophia, aged 80, professed 50 years
23 Aug 2018 – Sister Mary Evelyn, aged 94, professed 59 years, Revd Mother 1984-94