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.

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Knowing how to love God can be difficult because we cannot see God. But we can learn to love God through prayer, and through observing God’s love shown to us through other people: mutual love.

-Br. David Allen
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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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 Gift of Laughter – Br. James Koester

By Br. James Koester | August 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Church of Saint Mary and Saint John, Cowley Philippians 2:1 – 18 Matthew 15: 21 – 28 I want first of all to express my gratitude for the invitation for us to be here today. As you know my brothers and I are members of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, known better here…

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Thistle Theology – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | July 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIsaiah 44:6-8; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Our gospel lesson for today made me recall what I remember as the very first theological conundrum of my childhood.  I was probably 7 or 8 years old, it was summertime, and my Mom had admonished me to go outside and play. …

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Only Believe – Br. Lucas Hall

By Br. Lucas Hall | July 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

John 20:11-18 Feast of Mary Magdalene Throughout the gospels, Jesus comes again and again with a simple message: do not be afraid. Sometimes he says this himself, and sometimes he sends a messenger. At his conception, the angel said to the Virgin Mary, “Do not be afraid.”1 At his birth, the angels announced to the…

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Woe to you – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | July 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMatthew 11:20-24 “Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” I doubt there are many preachers who would clamor to preach on the…

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Wild Love – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Luke Ditewig | July 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadGenesis 25:19-34 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The vegetable garden at Emery House is flourishing as we partner with Nourishing the North Shore. With our land and water, they labor to grow, harvest, and distribute vegetables, mostly to neighbors in need. They carefully prepared the soil, made plans, and planted precise…

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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...