Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist



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.

Worship Schedule | Rule of Life | Meeting Jesus | Catch the Life

Receive the Spirit

What good is it that Christ was born in a stable in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago if he is not also born in me? How is Christ to be born in me? You have only to be, like Mary, quiet, open-hearted and receptive to the Spirit at work within you. Say with her, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Monastery Chapel

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 >


Sleep in. Pray. Savor wholesome food. Nap. Read. How might a stay in our Monastery Guesthouse recharge you and open you to God’s call? Workshops & Retreats >

Emery House

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

Like Lambs – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | December 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Jesus loves you. More than believing or knowing this wild, passionate truth, Jesus invites us to feel and live it.”

As we prepare for Christ coming as a child at Christmas, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to try out several prayer practices that can help us embrace our role as beloved children, as little ones whom God seeks and delights to find, to hold, to love.

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Peace, Comfort, Hope – Br. James Koester

By Br. James Koester | December 10, 2017 | 2 Comments

“For many, Christmas is about a cute, pudgy, sweet smelling baby, nestled in a bed of clean straw, in a romantically quaint, clean, rustic looking barn, amidst softly falling snow. They don’t want a saviour, because that would suggest that we need saving.”

Br. James Koester recalls the true meaning of Christmas, which is the fulfillment of God’s promise of comfort, peace, and hope, to a world enslaved by fear.

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Finding Hope in Despair – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | December 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

“We groan in anticipation for the day when justice and truth will prevail, when those who have been held down and stepped upon will be raised up, when the powerful and the mighty who have served their own interests will be cast down.”

At a moment when we have more cause for despair than ever before, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to listen for the voices of hope, and to believe in the dream of God.

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Keep Awake – Br. Lucas Hall

By Br. Lucas Hall | December 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

“It is night. I am tired. I am sorry, unimpressive, and wholly inadequate. I fall. I fade. I give all my strength, but still, I make for a very poor watchman.”

In this season of waiting, Br. Lucas Hall exposes our human weakness and frailty, only to reveal the incredible promise of God’s strength.

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Why Wait? – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | December 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

“We need time to recollect, remember, and prepare room in our hearts for the Christ child who comes to us at Christmas, because Jesus changes everything!”

Even as our culture races toward Christmas, Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to embrace the waiting time of Advent.

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"...we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them..."

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