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.
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” For many Jesus is a mystic teacher or divine healer; he is a prophet of non violence or a herald of God’s reign of justice for the poor. For Jesus’ disciples then and now these answers are all true, and more. He is both teacher and healer; he is both prophet and herald. But he is also more.
-Br. James Koester, 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
“We have no reason to fear when the heat comes, when the drought comes, because when we love our God with all our heart, we fall in love with Love, and we begin to see the world as God sees it. Nourished by the river of Christ’s Light, we let ourselves rest in the Oneness of God’s being. And then we find God’s presence everywhere, whatever the weather of the world happens to be doing.”
In this poetic sermon drawing on scriptural images of trees, Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to put down our roots and drink deep from the eternal river of Christ’s Light.Read More >
“As a people we are beginning to ask ourselves what kind of freedom our common life enshrines. One of the many assumptions our culture relies upon is the idea that freedom is chiefly about “choice.” The Spirit asks us to consider the freedom we rightly celebrate as Christians, compared with the world’s many pseudo-freedoms.”
Br. Sean Glenn returns to Genesis for a revelation of what freedom really looks like.Read More >
“We have lost touch with the power of the natural world to speak to us of God. We have become alienated from the natural world. The deepest danger is that we lose our sense of the sacredness of the world.”
In this ode to the natural world, Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to rediscover God’s glorious creation and be touched by the very hand of God.Read More >
“The version of the Gospel which probably has greatest authority for you is the Gospel according to You. What has been revealed to you, what has proven inviting and necessary for you? What is the essence of Jesus’ work and words embodied within you? That is so important for you to hear, remember, and claim. It’s your vocation. It’s why you are still alive, today.”
Br. Curtis Almquist urges us to listen for our vocation, which means accepting our true self.Read More >
“There is a lesson for us and for our culture in this morning’s gospel, and it requires us to train ourselves to let go of the control we think we have. It asks us to admit we need one another.”
Br. Sean Glenn recognizes our deep need for relationship and cooperation with others, who teach us, challenge us, and reveal God to us.Read More >