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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Guests on an individual retreat visit us for a time of reflection and prayer in silence. It is a time to let yourself experience the rhythm of prayer and life in the monastery, joining the brothers in our daily worship, enfolding silence, and delicious meals.

While on retreat, guests may have an opportunity to meet with a brother for individual spiritual direction. Because the brothers' time is limited, we cannot guarantee this service, but you may inquire about this option while making your reservation.

Suggested fees for an Individual Retreat
We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$100.00 per person per night
$50.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

To book a retreat, please contact the Guesthouse Manager at guesthouse@ssje.org. The guesthouse office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

Our Formation and Renewal: with a pause on guest ministry at Emery House

Our founder Richard Meux Benson led us to be “men of the moment.” In 2019-20, we are setting aside periods of time to discuss and refresh our vision of what it means to be SSJE Brothers today. Our monastery guesthouse and chapel in Cambridge continue to operate as usual, and we are pausing our guest ministry at Emery House. We ask for your ongoing prayers and support during this season of our formation and renewal.