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
“Whether we suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or whether we are afraid of “things that go bump in the night,” or whether we simply feel that we’re “in the dark” about the unfolding of our own life, we crave light and enlightenment.”
In the second sermon in a series on the O Antiphons, Br. Curtis Almquist encourages us to face into the radiant and loving light of God.Read More >
“What’s gets in the way between you and God? What do you not want seen? What do you hide? Preparing the way means opening the door and letting God in to see us as we are.”
Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to radical honesty, to letting ourselves be loved even when all is revealed, in all our messiness and brokenness.Read More >
“We come before Jesus in our seasons of darkness and sightlessness, reaching forth our hands in faith for the fresh vision of Christ’s promise.”
Br. Sean Glenn encourages us with words from Isaiah, “Out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.”Read More >
“When it comes down to it, none of us are ‘self-made’ people. We did not choose to come into the world on our own. We did not choose our families of origin, our ethnicity, or our sexuality. We did not arrive fully assembled nor did we come with instructions. The only instinct we had once our lungs were clear was to cry out for help as loudly as we could.”
In the first sermon of an Advent series on the O Antiphons, Br. Jim Woodrum ponders what it means to ask Jesus, our true Wisdom, to come and teach us the way of prudence.Read More >
“If you find yourself overwhelmed today, if you are tempted to despair because of the circumstances of your life or the state of the world, lift up your eyes and fix them on God. Trust in the goodness and mercy of God. Stand up and look despair in the face and say, ‘I will not be afraid.’”
For all who feel overwhelmed by the state of the world, Br. David Vryhof offers a word of empowering hope.Read More >