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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“He is the image of the invisible God.” If you would know what God is like, discover what Jesus is like. Listen to his words, observe his actions, notice his values and priorities, see how he lives his life. And follow him.

-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

The Cost of Telling the Truth – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | July 15, 2018 | 3 Comments

“How dare we call ourselves Christians when we ignore the needs of the poor or look away while the ‘outsiders’ among us are ridiculed and marginalized?  How can we hold this name when we seek to promote our own welfare above all others, when we push to the front of the line, forcing others to conform to our will? How can we bear the name of Christ and ignore both his teaching and his example?”

Br. David Vryhof issues a sobering and bold call to speak the truth and live Christ’s message of love, especially in our nation’s current culture of lies.

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Be a Miracle Worker! – Jonathan Maury

By Br. Jonathan Maury | July 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

“’Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.’ In taking up this mission with Jesus, the twelve are called to radical dependence on the provision of God. And so are you and I.”

Br. Jonathan Maury reflects on how we can be and become the miracle workers Jesus describes when he calls his disciples to the work of the Kingdom.

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Grace Is Insidious – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | July 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

“If you look back on your own life, you will recognize God’s grace. There’s no other explanation for how you made it this far in life. If you look back on your own life, you’ll get in touch with miracle. And you are the miracle.”

Br. Curtis Almquist marvels over the insidious, irresistible grace of God, which has brought us through the past and will sustain us in the future.

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Mystery Stories – Br. David Allen

By Br. David Allen | July 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The relationship of Jesus with his Father is the one true mystery.  The relationship of Jesus and his disciples is another.  The feast we keep today, Mary the God Bearer, is an important part of that Mystery.”

Br. David Allen invites us to consider the mysteries of our faith.

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Leftover Pizza and Dirty Towels – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | July 6, 2018 | 1 Comment

“On a Thursday night at 9pm – when your heart feels as empty as your refrigerator – Jesus pulls a chair up to the dinner table and helps himself to a piece of your leftover pizza. Jesus doesn’t care that you didn’t cook, that you didn’t even know he was planning a visit, or that you don’t have any clean towels. ‘Shhh. I’ll meet you where you are,’ he whispers. ”

Br. Keith Nelson shares his own experience of how Jesus saves: one ordinary (miraculous) moment of meeting at a time.

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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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