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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Starting Lent 2020

Join us this coming Lent 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.

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Sabbath-keeping is crucial to our life as Christians. “Brother, Give Us a Word” takes a Sabbath on Sundays. We hope that this weekly pause in our messages will offer a gentle reminder to pause in your own life.

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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

A Love Beyond Purity – Br. Sean Glenn

By Br. Sean Glenn | January 16, 2020 |

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS Mark 1:40-45 There are many words in Scripture that, as it were, set my teeth on edge. True, some words or concepts in the pages of scripture are supposed to make us uncomfortable, meant to make us squirm in our seat, posed to turn us from…

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The Rhythm of Engagement & Withdrawal – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | January 10, 2020 |

“Without some empty space, there will be no room for God to abide. In order to fully live out our callings, to make wise and inspired choices directed by God’s will, to become conduits of God’s healing, or to offer words that reflect Christ’s good news, we must come to know the withdrawal of Christ to the desert, if only from time to time. Otherwise, we are in danger of a bloated, blinding, loud, and supremely self-directed journey with God.”

Br. Keith Nelson delves into the true meaning of withdrawal, inviting us to discover the restorative balance modeled by Christ.

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Found by Jesus and Marked as Safe – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | January 5, 2020 |

“In a world that is unpredictable, unsafe, and seems filled with evil looking to exploit and harm the most vulnerable, we could wonder where in the world is Jesus in all this? We know there is suffering, malice, hate, greed, fear, and evil lurking about. Many of us are following the proverbial star of Bethlehem, searching for Jesus frantically.”

Br. Jim Woodrum steps into the story and suggests two rich ways to pray with the scriptural lesson of Mary and Joesph finding Jesus’ teaching in the Temple.

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Hinges of our History – Br. Sean Glenn

By Br. Sean Glenn | January 4, 2020 |

“I love these oddities of the church calendar because of their signature “fuzziness,” as if we were removing one pair of spiritual glasses for another. Like thick plumes of fragrant incense that obscure our vision and sting our eyes, these hinge periods remind us that so much of God’s work in us and God’s promises for us are outside our control and beyond our wildest imaginings.”

Br. Sean Glenn celebrates the meaningful possibility of the “hinges” in the liturgical calendar – and our own lives.

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Seeing Godliness – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

By Br. Nicholas Bartoli | January 3, 2020 |

“Perhaps, by practicing silence and stillness, and fostering our awareness of Christ’s Light, we can welcome the grace of Christmas to each moment. And the Peace and Joy we find as both our source and our salvation will truly be the greatest gift of Love we can offer those around us.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to find inspiration in the example of Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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Faith Formation to save the (every) day!

Deepen your relationship with God, through prayer and reflection on The Gospel According to John.

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We share in the Divine Life from our Baptism. Learn how this Life expresses itself in and through us.

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Explore a monastic framework to cultivate your relationships with God, Self, Others, and Creation.

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Recapture time as a gift. Discover how to experience the joy of the present moment.

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