The Monastery Chapel and Guesthouse are closed.
At this time when the Monastery Chapel is closed, the Brothers invite you to join us for our nightly Compline - the ancient monastic service of bedtime prayers.
As you prepare for Compline, you might consider lighting a candle. To follow the service, use the Book of Common Prayer (pages 127-135) or the Order of Service below.
We pray you all will know "a quiet night."
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.
Our encounters with God will generally come to us through secondary causes—that is, in the concrete, flesh-and-blood lives of Image-bearing humanity. Let us remember with thanksgiving all those human feet who have brought us good news, and let us pray also for the grace to be those feet that bring God’s good news to the world.
-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“A fractious political environment, with lots of different groups vying for power and influence, might seem rather familiar to you. It does to me. Many people are wondering how bonds of family, friendship, and community can be maintained across these divides.”
Br. Lucas Hall ponders how we can best navigate the fraught political divides that threaten our society and our relationships.Read More >
“You could see this period we are in now, this pandemic, as a kind of plateau, a kind of flat time. So, it could also be a perfect time to pause and take stock of our lives. What’s the journey been like so far, and what have I learned? And when this flat period is over, how will I go forward again in my life; what route will I take? Call on the Spirit of Jesus.”
Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to take inspiration from the example of Paul’s extraordinary journeys, as we navigate our own way through life’s challenges and ever deeper into love for Jesus.Read More >
“Where we see truth, honor, purity, we see the glory of God, and when we behold God’s glory, especially in another person, we are brought to our knees in praise.”
Br. James Koester invites us into the evocative phrase from the letter to the Epehsians: “the praise of his glory.”Read More >
“Jesus is forever saying, ‘Do not judge.’ Of course, life requires us to use our judgment from the moment we rise until we go to bed. That’s not what Jesus is talking about. When he commends us not to judge, he’s talking about how we regard the essence of another human being.”
Br. Curtis Almquist encourages us to leave judgment to God – at least as far as it concerns judging other children of God.Read More >
“These are not happy times, but we can still know joy, because it is a gift from God. We can’t create joy, we can only receive it, and delight in it. Joy is elusive. We can’t grasp it, or hold it, or contain it, or store it up. If we try to, it vanishes.”
On the Feast of Saint Francis amid such troubled times, Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to open our hearts to joy.Read More >
Join us as we explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.