Community Life

Montreal Dio’s relationships with McGill and the Montreal School of Theology allow us to offer a world-class education while remaining an intimate community in which we all support one another as we continue to grow in our calling to serve Christ in the world. Community members are diverse in culture, theology, life experience, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race, language, and many other facets of identity. We strive to be a warm, welcoming, generous, and inclusive community as we all seek to discern the ministries to which God is calling us. In our chapel life and on retreat, in our life in Montreal and around the college, we come together before Christ and as a community to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and the love of one another. At Dio, no one is forgotten and everyone is valued.

Need Someone to Talk to?

Staff and faculty make it a priority to be as accessible as possible. When not in meetings or classes, we usually keep our doors open and are available through other means so students feel welcome to connect or find a time chat.

College Chaplain

Norman Robert Boie serves part-time as college chaplain for all students at Dio. He offers pastoral support to students and oversees the worship life of the community. He can be reached at [email protected]

Community Events

Annual Retreat

Annual Retreat

We begin the academic year with a college retreat – usually at a beautiful retreat centre – for a time of community building, spirituality, reflection, worship, music and relaxation. The retreat is an opportunity to get to know other members of the college community and reflect on our common life and calling as Christians in the world.

Wednesday Community Worship

Wednesday Community Worship

On Wednesdays throughout the term, we gather for ecumenical worship followed by lunch and community time. We share this time with the wider Dio community, alternating between Anglican and United Church styles of worship, or a combination of the two.

Community Evenings

Community Evenings

We gather one evening a month for a United Church communion celebration and a shared meal, usually on the third Tuesday of the month. All are welcome to join for this time of fellowship, regardless of denominational affiliation.

Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning and Evening Prayer

Morning and evening prayer take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8am, and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 4:30pm respectively in St. Luke’s Chapel. The style of prayer is the Anglican Daily Office. In addition, we hold a morning eucharist service at 8:00am on Friday mornings, followed by breakfast.

Friday Morning Communion

Friday Morning Communion

On the first and third Fridays of the month, students and faculty gather for Eucharist and breakfast. Many alumni remember these early morning meals as the most memorable part of their time at the college, for the way they offer an informal way to support one another on our common journey.

 

Chapel

The college expects that all students preparing for Christian ministry will have a life of prayer during their time as a student and that that life of prayer will be centred, in some fashion, on St. Luke’s Chapel. The form that takes will vary from student to student as we seek to adopt an ancient rhythm of prayer to the realities of modern living, commuting, class schedules, and family life.  

Our worship services are an opportunity to deepen our relationships with one another before Christ. As we welcome guest celebrants and preachers, they are also an opportunity to learn from the preaching and presiding style of a diversity of people. It is generally expected that all students will endeavour to be present at the weekly Community Worship services on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, it is expected that students preparing for ministry in the United Church tradition will attend the monthly United Church community evening. 

Students are invited into leadership roles almost from the moment of their arrival. The college expects students to take their place on the chapel rota, officiating at the Daily Office and serving at Eucharist. Additionally, all students are invited to join the preaching rota for Friday Eucharists in the winter term and senior students are invited to preach at a Wednesday Eucharist. 

 

Language

Members of our community speak many different languages at home and are committed to living and working in a francophone province in a bilingual country. Because of our association with McGill University, virtually all of the classroom teaching for our degree programs in Montreal is in English. In our life as a community and in our worship services, we seek to reflect Canada’s bilingualism. Our goal is to create a welcoming place for francophones and anglophones, giving everyone the opportunity to practice and improve their French or English.  

Building Use

During the week, some students choose to spend time in the dedicated student areas in the college, whether to socialize with one another or, in separate rooms, to read, study, and prepare assignments. Lockers are available for commuting students to store belongings, and a community kitchen is available to all members of the community.

Need Someone to Talk to?

Staff and faculty make it a priority to be as accessible as possible. When not in meetings or classes, we usually keep our doors open and are available through other means so students feel welcome to connect or find a time chat.

College Chaplain

Norman Robert Boie serves part-time as college chaplain for all students at Dio. He offers pastoral support to students and oversees the worship life of the community. He can be reached at [email protected]