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.
It is by the Spirit of God working through us that we can share the message of God’s love with one another, and with those who do not know the love of God. There are many ways in which we can do this. Not the least of these is by showing compassion to each other.
-Br. David Allen, SSJE
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
“In the face of all that confronts us as lost, dead, barren, or forsaken—in the world outside and in the universe within our hearts—God bids us change our perspective.”
Br. Sean Glenn looks to Abram for evidence of how God invites us to hold the impossible in our hearts and know it is drenched in God’s purpose and love.Read More >
“My enemies are God’s children, with a place in God’s heart. And Jesus says bless, don’t curse them. Pray God’s blessing to be upon them.”
Br. Curtis Almquist unfolds Jesus’ teaching about loving our enemies.Read More >
“What if I ask, and my request is denied – or even worse, met with a deafening silence? What if I search and I come up empty-handed, exhausted and looking like an idiot for investing myself in such a lost cause? What if I knock until my knuckles bleed and the door doesn’t budge? Then where will I be?”
Br. Keith Nelson considers the vulnerability of prayer and concludes that God always responds to prayer.Read More >
“The Lord’s Prayer is so familiar, probably to most of us, perhaps too familiar to some of us for us to be mindful of its profundity. These are Jesus’ words, words which completely embrace us as if we, with Jesus, all belong to the same Father, the same Papa. You might inspiration for some meaningful meditation for Lent.”
Br. Curtis Almquist reflects on Jesus’ prayer and finds in it meaningful inspiration for our Lenten prayer.Read More >
“I am the guy who gives up craft beer for Lent and by week two I have succumbed to the desert heat and am quenching my thirst with a cold, refreshing IPA straight from the devil’s hand! In my frustration and disappointment with myself, I try to make myself feel better by thinking of something I can give up the next year where I might actually have success, like perhaps, asparagus. Nothing banishes temptation quite like asparagus.”
Br. Jim Woodrum considers Lenten disciplines and discovers – with some help from the Desert Fathers – how temptation can actually be a tool to help us to better know ourselves and draw near to God.Read More >