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.
In the remaining days of Advent, we have the precious opportunity to cultivate a prayerful and open expectancy while noticing and letting go of unhelpful or self-centered expectations. The noble company of prophets stands ready to help us. They stand ready to give us the gifts that God knows we need, rather than the gifts we have decided we want, in order for us to receive the gift of a true Messiah.
-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE
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
“Love is eternal: radiantly glimpsed in the midst of life, radiantly beheld in the life to come. Fear is provisional – good at the necessary role it performs until there is no more need. Perhaps Love stands before us and pulls, while fear stands behind us and pushes.”
On Gaudete Sunday, Br. Keith Nelson ponders the complementary relationship between holy fear and holy love, which invite us into the unquenchable fire of God’s very heart.Read More >
“Whether we suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or whether we are afraid of “things that go bump in the night,” or whether we simply feel that we’re “in the dark” about the unfolding of our own life, we crave light and enlightenment.”
In the second sermon in a series on the O Antiphons, Br. Curtis Almquist encourages us to face into the radiant and loving light of God.Read More >
“What’s gets in the way between you and God? What do you not want seen? What do you hide? Preparing the way means opening the door and letting God in to see us as we are.”
Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to radical honesty, to letting ourselves be loved even when all is revealed, in all our messiness and brokenness.Read More >
“This is why we celebrate the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In it, we see God’s goodness and humanity’s efforts come to fruition. In it, we see the beginning of a chain of mutual, glorious, joyous interchange and reciprocity whose end is found in the Incarnation of Christ. ”
Br. Lucas Hall invites us to rejoice at the witness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose offertory posture invites us to receive God’s good gifts and give ourselves back to God in love.Read More >
“We come before Jesus in our seasons of darkness and sightlessness, reaching forth our hands in faith for the fresh vision of Christ’s promise.”
Br. Sean Glenn encourages us with words from Isaiah, “Out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.”Read More >