Even as we look back and celebrate the inspiration for our Society, we also look ahead, seeking to understand our place in the future of God. I believe that monastic communities have a vital role in the mission of God in the Church today. We Brothers of SSJE feel called to be modern monk missionaries engaged in the mission of God by inviting the Next Generation of believers into relationship with Jesus.
Part of answering this call means that we invite others to share our life. We have had a wonderful group of Monastic Interns and Residents this year, and in the coming year we look forward to welcoming three or four new Interns to the Monastery and a number of Residents to Emery House. We are also inviting four seminarians to join us here at the Monastery for part of the summer. Read Br. Curtis’ reflections on how to help young people live in community. Offering young people the time and space for intentional formation in community enriches our life together, even as we hope it provides a valuable service to the Church. Read more about SSJE’s Monastic Immersion Programs.
As Brothers who live a life grounded in daily prayer and worship, we feel called to teach and preach on those spiritual practices that will nurture the next generation of the Church, inviting young people to grow in relationship with Jesus through the time-tested patterns and practices that have fed Christians through the centuries. This past spring we offered a preaching series on Radical Practices: each Brother spoke about a “radical practice” that has been central to his own spiritual life and which has profoundly shaped who we are and how we live.
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