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.
The gospels are full of stories where Jesus ignores the boundaries imposed by acceptable religious and social practice, and openly disregards man-made laws and regulations in order to show compassion. He consistently lets sinners and outcasts know that they are wanted and loved by God, even if they are despised by everyone else.
-Br. David Vryhof, 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
“Remember, you have been called to a mission that has already been set in motion, and God will provide what you need along the way.”
Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to see the detours along our path as part of the journey, for not all who wander are lost.Read More >
“Who am I? It’s one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves, and the answer to that question happens to be tied to another interesting question: Who is God?”
Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to tackle the big questions, which turn out to be really only one question after all.Read More >
“If you’re unsure of how God is manifest in your life, then make that your prayer. Ask Jesus for a star to guide you and to shed some light in your life.”
Br. Jim Woodrum invites us to listen to the Scriptures, throughout Epiphany, to hear how Jesus’ identity is being made manifest in our lives.Read More >
“The Word desires to enter the world afresh and continue its saving work by means of you. You are essential, your consent is essential, and your love is essential. Nothing less will do.”
In this Christmas sermon, Br. Keith Nelson urges us to taste, touch, see, hear, and experience beauty with openness and childlike wonder as we “let the Word made flesh become flesh in you.”Read More >