Welcome to SSJE
We are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life.
We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about how we live and pray, the tradition that grounds us, and the call that draws us onward day by day.
Silence. Flickering candlelight. Sunlight streaming through stained glass. Soak in the beauty of our sanctuary, open morning to night. Pray, ponder, or participate in the Brothers’ daily office. Service Schedule >
Birdsong. Meadow grasses waving in the breeze. Stars overhead. At our rural retreat house, we invite you to pray as you hike, light a fire, weed the garden, and bask in the beauty of Creation. Retreat information>
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“The version of the Gospel which probably has greatest authority for you is the Gospel according to You. What has been revealed to you, what has proven inviting and necessary for you? What is the essence of Jesus’ work and words embodied within you? That is so important for you to hear, remember, and claim. It’s your vocation. It’s why you are still alive, today.”
Br. Curtis Almquist urges us to listen for our vocation, which means accepting our true self.Read More >
“Wisdom is not a skill, it does not form on demand, it is not a pill to swallow, nor gleaned from an academic course or best-selling book. Wisdom is a gift from God, a gift that needs to be cultivated.”
Br. Curtis Almquist offers practical suggestions for cultivating God’s gift of wisdom.Read More >
=”text-align: center;”>“To undo the weakness and foolishness of the cross, to undo the suffering, the isolation, the nakedness, the shame, is to undo the Gospel, to undo the Incarnation, to make the Crucifixion a mirage, a trick of the eye. No. We proclaim Christ crucified.”
Br. Lucas Hall stares straight at the cross and invites us to see – in its violence, in its ugliness, in its foolishness – love.Read More >
“The providence, provision, and protection of God is ours, not because of what we are, but whose we are. It is so easy to fall into the sin of national exceptionalism and assume that God favours us, not because God’s nature is one of universal and overflowing love, but because of our creed, our race, our gender, our orientation, our ethnicity, our citizenship, our politics.”
Br. James Koester hears in the words Jesus speaks in the synagogue of Nazareth a challenging message with strong echoes today.Read More >