Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist



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.

Worship Schedule | Rule of Life | Meeting Jesus | Catch the Life


So often we look around and compare ourselves unfavorably with others. ‘I wish I were really intelligent like her. I wish I were as confident and accomplished as him. If only I had her gifts.’ But God made you to be you. And God does not make mistakes.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Monastery Chapel

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 >


Sleep in. Pray. Savor wholesome food. Nap. Read. How might a stay in our Monastery Guesthouse recharge you and open you to God’s call? Workshops & Retreats >

Emery House

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

The Life We Share – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | November 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Surely we as Christians can share some common ground with Jews and Muslims, who lay joint claim on this covenantal relationship with God.”

As the Brothers welcome Kids4Peace participates to the Monastery, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to consider all that binds us and our brothers and sisters of other faiths together.

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Helper of the Poor – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

“’Helper of the Poor.’ Would to God that every Christian on the planet could be known by that title.”

Br. David Vryhof honors the witness of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, challenging us to live lives of compassion.

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Let It Go – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

By Br. Geoffrey Tristram | November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Imagine Jesus looking at you with love, and saying, ‘Let it go.’”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram watches the gently falling leaves of autumn and finds in their descent an invitation to let die all that does not give us life.

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Wisdom’s Wedding – Br. Jonathan Maury

By Br. Jonathan Maury | November 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The human mind is immensely good at self-deception, packing in layers of psychological wadding to protect us from the truths we do not wish to hear.”

Br. Jonathan Maury invites us to live by the light of Wisdom.

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Giving at Eye Level – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

“It is very easy to give from on top of a white horse. It is more difficult, more uncomfortable, to dismount, to stand in the mud at eye-level with need, with hunger, with flagrant inequality, and let it pierce our hearts.”

Br. Keith Nelson celebrates the feast day of Martin of Tours by inviting us to dismount and live a life on foot.

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"...we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them..."

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