Into the Desert: A Lenten Journey of Contemplative Practice

Are you looking for something different this Lenten season? In the third and fourth centuries, the deserts of Egypt became the focus of a new and radical movement, what is now called Christian monasticism. Groups of men and women moved to the harsh lands beyond the Nile Valley and began developing new techniques of prayer, asceticism, and Christian discipleship. In the process, they captured the imagination of the ancient world.

This Lenten season, Rev. Dr. Bram Pearce invites you to learn more about this unique period of Church history by embracing for yourself some of the practices these earliest Christian hermits forged in the desert.  Developed with a general audience in mind, Into the Desert is a Lenten resource that encourages a weekly contemplative practice. Each day also provides you with daily wisdom from a Desert Father or Mother, a Scripture passage, and various prayers to assist you on the Lenten journey. The workbook (for either individual or small groups) can be downloaded below at the bottom of this page. 

From Grief Toward Healing, Responding to the Crises of Our Times

The Justice & Peace Commission is hosting four sessions on grief, Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during Lent. The sessions will consider grief (March 9 – James Reid Bereavement Team); grief as it pertains to the climate (March 16 – Mary Raddon); how grief is experienced as 'the other' (March 23 – Mona Rahman) and finally, looking at grief through hope (March 30 – Sr. Pauline Lally).

To view recordings of the sessions visit the Justice and Peace Commission webpage on the Diocese of Ontario website.

Please join via Zoom: For more information, please contact Rev. Canon Valerie Kelly at

Eco-Anxiety & Biblical Wisdom: Torn Between Grief and Hope a Lent zoom course by Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat

These are the days of grief and fear. These are the days for stories. When collapse threatened, our biblical ancestors told stories: stories shaped by possibility, stories nourished by faithful love, stories rooted in visionary hope. This course  is for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the Bible and our current climate crisis. Together we will delve deeply into the stories of catastrophe and hope in the Bible with our ears open for the voice of lament and our hearts open to new life.

The course will run on Sundays from 7-9pm beginning March 6 through to April 10, 2022. For more information and to register click here.