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


Human flesh and the work of human hands is now the means by which light and life come into the world, how grace and truth come into this world. Now we embody the love and compassion of God. Now we embody the grace and truth of Christ.

-Br. Mark Brown, 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

The Gift of Detours – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Remember, you have been called to a mission that has already been set in motion, and God will provide what you need along the way.”

Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to see the detours along our path as part of the journey, for not all who wander are lost.

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Under the Fig Tree – Br. Mark Brown

By Br. Mark Brown | January 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

“One of the most truthful things we can say is that life is ultimately a mystery—and God is ultimately a mystery.”

Br. Mark Brown invites us to enjoy the beautiful mystery of the search.

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The Gift of Identity – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

By Br. Nicholas Bartoli | January 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

“Who am I? It’s one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves, and the answer to that question happens to be tied to another interesting question: Who is God?”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to tackle the big questions, which turn out to be really only one question after all.

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Follow the Star – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“If you’re unsure of how God is manifest in your life, then make that your prayer. Ask Jesus for a star to guide you and to shed some light in your life.”

Br. Jim Woodrum invites us to listen to the Scriptures, throughout Epiphany, to hear how Jesus’ identity is being made manifest in our lives.

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The Word Was Made Beautiful – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | December 25, 2017 | 2 Comments

“The Word desires to enter the world afresh and continue its saving work by means of you. You are essential, your consent is essential, and your love is essential. Nothing less will do.”

In this Christmas sermon, Br. Keith Nelson urges us to taste, touch, see, hear, and experience beauty with openness and childlike wonder as we “let the Word made flesh become flesh in you.”

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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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