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.
Join us this Lent
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.
Remember being a toddler, running naked through the house after a bath. We instinctually yearn for this intimacy with God, to be free, loved, nurtured, and to feel safe. God is calling us back to this moment. But we will have to be willing to step from the shadows and follow Jesus into the light of new life and resurrection, exposing us as children of light, children of love, children of the resurrection, children of God!
-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“In the midst of this pandemic, isolation, anxiety, sickness, bereavement, have already weighed heavily on all of us. So how might we, on this Palm Sunday, prepare ourselves for this Holy Week, a Holy Week perhaps like no other we have ever experienced?”
On this Palm Sunday in the midst of pandemic, Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to be guided by our thirst and trust that God will meet us there.Read More >
“Who among us has not buried a Lazarus? Who among us is not burying a Lazarus, or weeping outside his tomb right now? Your Lazarus may be literal. You know someone who has died, or who is dying, or who is in grave danger of death if something does not happen soon.”
Br. Keith Nelson returns to the passage on Lazarus in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, looking for hope.Read More >
“We use the Bible as a weapon whenever we insist on our own interpretation or meaning-making, even if another person’s experience of the text or teaching, different than ours, bears the fruit of Christ’s Love in their heart.”
Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to adopt a hermeneutics of trust not just for the bible, but for the Word of God present in all creationRead More >
“Mary is not merely a type; not merely a model of an unattainable gentleness or meekness; not some kind of surrogate for figures Venus, Brigid, or Minerva; and certainly not queen of some distant heaven. For Mary is a woman. A flesh, blood, and soul woman. A woman caught, as are we, within the same messy, ill-defined workings of a sin-sick world.”
Br. Sean Glenn invites us to encounter Mary afresh, in her humanity.Read More >
“Suffering is not always the last word. So much strength and beauty can come out of so much pain. How amazing it is when we realize a painful life experience full of loss nevertheless yields something of such gain. I’m not denying the pain nor the loss; but I am saying that amazing good can paradoxically come out of appalling bad. That’s what is called “redemption.”
At a time of great suffering, Br. Curtis Almquist offers hopeful words on the good that can come out of suffering – for us, and from us, for others.Read More >