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.

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God’s dream for us is that we be producers of the sweet fruits of the kingdom, the fruits of good works, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

-Br. James Koester, 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

God Is My Rock – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

“We live in very shaky times. In virtually every venue of life in our world, there is now instability. The psalmist assures us: God is our rock, our stronghold, our refuge, so that we shall not be greatly shaken… How is this true for you now?”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to cling to the bedrock of our faith.

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Desire and Thirst – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

“Perhaps we can glean wisdom from her example by naming a relationship with Jesus to be the one desire of our heart and to help cultivate that relationship by faithful tending of our spiritual gardens through prayer. When that prayer life seems arid and dry, then pray the words of the Psalmist: ‘As the deer longs for the waterbrooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.’”

Br. Jim Woodrum honors the example of Teresa of Avila and her desire for Jesus.

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The Testimony of Your Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | October 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“If someone asks you today in Harvard Square or in your hometown why you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what’s the word, the authentic word in your heart and upon your lips? What is your testimony in real time?”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to be ready, to express our “live” testimony to Jesus Christ.

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Lord, Increase Our Faith – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

By Br. Geoffrey Tristram | October 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

“Each one of us lives a life filled with challenges, difficulties and struggle. We live in a country which is deeply divided, with huge political uncertainty. It can make us feel insecure, worn out, even despairing. But we as Christians also have another life. A more hidden life, but one filled with power and promise.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to put our eye to the telescope and renew our vision, that our heavenly life may become powerfully real.

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Recalling Who We Are – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | October 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

“What would it mean for you today to “return home” and to re-establish your identity, your purpose and your direction? Is it possible that you have strayed from the path to which you have committed yourself, and that you need to be called back? What would it look like for you to renew your purpose and to reclaim your vocation?”

Br. David Vryhof considers how the example of Nehemiah, the governor, and Ezra, the priest and scribe, calling the people of Israel back to their core identity and purpose, can inspire us to do the same.

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Faith Formation to save the (every) day!

Deepen your relationship with God, through prayer and reflection on The Gospel According to John.

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We share in the Divine Life from our Baptism. Learn how this Life expresses itself in and through us.

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Explore a monastic framework to cultivate your relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation.

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Recapture time as a gift. Discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

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