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
“When Jesus says ‘now’, what he means is that ‘now’ is the time for glory, in one great, sweeping, timeless, cosmic moment, as Cross, Tomb, Resurrection, Ascension and the Coming of the Spirit pour out upon, and from Christ, making all things new, as heaven and earth are remade, and the new Jerusalem appears, coming down out of heaven, into our very midst.”
Br. James Koester wonders how differently we might live if we were conscious that the glory of God not merely shines upon us, but psalters from within us.Read More >
“Jesus will give us whatever we ask in his name. We must know Jesus to invoke his name. We must know the mind of Jesus, the heart of Jesus, the words of Jesus to speak in his name. The purpose, the goal, the reason in invoking Jesus’ name is for one reason, one reason only: it’s for the sake of love.”
Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to pray our hearts out, on behalf of one another, in Jesus’ name.Read More >
“God’s Truth is not so much hidden or difficult to attain, but merely forgotten. It’s always been true in a way that surpasses our understanding, and all we need do is remember.”
Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to rest in that place of heart-knowing just beyond rational proof, where we know God’s Truth.Read More >
“What is the nature of God? Is Christ human? Divine? Somehow both? Does it matter? Though these concerns may seem fussy to us, Gregory’s work reminds us that these early disputes are important for how we know and speak about God. Why do we think about God in this way?”
On the feast of Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, Br. Sean Glenn peers into the mystery of God as Trinity.Read More >