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.
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
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
“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.Read More >
“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.Read More >