Initial Profession Sean Glenn

We invite your prayers for our Brother, Sean Robert Glenn, who will make his Initial Profession of Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist on Saturday, 19 September at 11:00am (EDT).

We hope that you’ll be able to join us online for the service, which will be live-streamed on our Facebook page. (You do not need a Facebook account to tune in. At 11:00am (EDT) on Saturday, simply navigate to the page and click on the “Videos” tab.)

We’re delighted to share with you in this significant milestone in Sean’s vocation and in our community life. Should you feel moved to offer a prayer, a blessing, or a note of gratitude for Sean’s vocation & ministry, we warmly invite you to add a message in the comments below.

Join us Saturday, 19 September at 11:00am (EDT):


  1. Alan Rollins on September 20, 2020 at 13:54

    A wonderful ceremony to remember; a gift of brotherhood with an especially reverent group of men that have truly found a home in Jesus and the Holy Father. Good hopes and prayers go to you, Sean; and may you deepen your faith and knowledge in the years ahead.

  2. Mike Stevens on September 19, 2020 at 12:37

    Sean, Bless you on this next step of your life’s journey. And thank you for inviting us to witness your initial vows. Your choosing of the Samaritan women, and Brother James homily in how it related to you were enriching, lovely, and heartening. Your being, presence, and your love of Christ is a blessing to the world. With gratitude and Blessings, mike

  3. Paul Humphreys on September 19, 2020 at 12:16

    Br. Sean, I am so overjoyed for you, and for the Society. God bless you, dear Br. Sean! Thank you for your ongoing service, prayers for you as you continue to grow in the circle of community, and love to you as you continue to enrich so many through your work and example. I’m grateful for you, Br. Sean!

  4. Peter Littlefield on September 19, 2020 at 11:27

    Good for you, Sean. You’re on your way. God bless.

  5. Martha HOlden on September 19, 2020 at 11:18

    Blessings on you, dear Brother. May you continue to abound in joy and be ever growing in wisdom. And may the peace of God that surpasses all understand keep your mind and heart from this day forth and for ever more. Martha H.

  6. Fr. William Winston on September 19, 2020 at 10:42

    Sean, congratulations on reaching this milestone in your Christian life, vocation, and ministry! May God’s grace given you today precede, carry, and follow you through the rest of your life as God continues to bless, guide, and protect you. You did not choose God, God chose you to carry out your unique work to God’s glory and for the common good. Blessings.

  7. Jane Redmont on September 18, 2020 at 21:28

    Dear Sean, my brother and our brother,
    My prayers are with you as you prepare to make these vows. Thank you for the witness of your commitment and for choosing and being chosen to walk this monastic path. To God be the glory!
    Much love,

  8. Barbara Parini on September 18, 2020 at 18:52

    At this time of Profession, may the wonder, belonging and peace of God’s presence fall upon you like a soft gentle rain, blessing you and your calling.

  9. jane cooper on September 18, 2020 at 08:33

    We who depend on the daily readings to get us started on our day, are blessed that you are moving forward with your vocation. Thank you (as the saying goes these days) for your service!

  10. Hannah MacLeod on September 17, 2020 at 21:11

    I remember so fondly being invited to lunch and sitting across the table from you the very first day you started your life as a brother! What a joy it was to talk about Dvorak and Protecting Veil, then and other days since. I have so enjoyed your presence and music ministry, and will be watching on saturday morning!

  11. Micah Walter on September 17, 2020 at 20:32

    Dear Sean, It has been a joy to witness you along this journey. My prayers are with you as you prepare for this sacred and liminal time. May God’s grace sustain you in the years ahead, and use your gifts to bless the world.

  12. Kathy Ludgate on September 17, 2020 at 20:01

    Blessinhs to you Br Sean. I will be watching from Washington State. I have always been proud of you!

  13. Rita Budwey on September 17, 2020 at 19:37

    Dear Sean,
    We are keeping you close in thought and prayer. You make this world a better place.
    With much love
    Rita and Mike Budwey

  14. The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates on September 17, 2020 at 12:56

    Manifold blessings, with gratitude from all of us in the Diocese of Massachusetts. The gift we receive from the ministry of the Brothers in our midst will now be further magnified by the addition of Br. Sean.
    +Bishop Alan Gates

  15. Robert Sevenky, OHC on September 15, 2020 at 19:28

    Dear Br. Sean, I and all of us here at Holy Cross Monastery will be holding you in prayer this Saturday as you make your First Profession. May it lead to greater and greater fullness of life. As you must know by now, it can be a bumpy ride, but oh, so wonderful and exciting as well. Godspeed on the journey!

  16. Sue Perkinson on September 15, 2020 at 18:31

    Our prayers are with you and the whole community
    Sue and Ed Perkinson

  17. Michelle Bull on September 15, 2020 at 06:24

    I pray that every blessing will be poured out upon Br. Sean, so that he may enter joyfully into this life and find fulfillment, peace, challenge, love and continuing conversion of life here. And I pray that he will be a continued blessing to the Brotherhood. The Lord make his face to shine upon you all.

  18. Friar Joshua Musiyambiri HSM on September 15, 2020 at 04:21

    Br. Sean, I pray that your heart continues to be fired up by Christ’s love and hear his invitation to serve him daily through your monastic vocation in SSJE. Remain blessed and encouraged by the prayers of various friends around. Brothers and Sisters from Holy Spirit Monastery send their greetings. “Makorokoto” [congratulations].

  19. Anne Tumilty+ on September 15, 2020 at 00:47

    Blessings on this day of your first profession. May the fullness of the LOVE of God delight and uphold you on this most holy day. You will be in my prayers.

  20. J.P. Marx on September 14, 2020 at 21:37

    I pray you the joy of our Lord always in your profession! As says the Lord:
    “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
    (I know He speaks of Jacob and of Israel, but true and holy for you on this day!)

  21. Gillian McMullen on September 14, 2020 at 19:02

    Many blessings, dear Sean. I enjoyed the time I spent polishing the wood at Emory House with you. I wish you all the best for your future at SSJE!

  22. Ashley Bush on September 14, 2020 at 18:52

    Brother Sean,
    May the love of God surround you and your brothers as you take this important step. We are so blessed by your musical offerings and your voice which makes all of the chants even more ethereal.
    Blessings upon you,
    Ashley Davis Bush

  23. Stephanie Budwey on September 14, 2020 at 18:05

    Dearest Sean,
    I am so happy for you and couldn’t be more delighted that we can all be with you and pray with you on this wonderful occasion. Sending prayers and blessings for you and your ministry with the brothers.
    Much love and congratulations,
    Steph Budwey

  24. Gwedhen Nicholas on September 14, 2020 at 17:30

    Br. Sean,
    I am so happy for you that you have decided to take your first vows. I pray that God will give you courage and perseverance in all that He has planned for your life in the monastery! Enjoy your day.
    Warm blessings
    Gwedhen Nicholas

  25. Doug Hezlep on September 14, 2020 at 17:12

    While I have not had the opportunity to get to know you as my three retreats at the monastery over the past two years or so were silent, I nevertheless had the opportunity to observe you and it is abundantly evident that this is the ministry that God has called you to, and for that I give thanks to God. I know that God will continue to bless you and I would like to send along my greetings and best wishes from California as well as offering up prayers on your behalf and that of the community.

  26. James P Doran on September 14, 2020 at 16:46

    Congratulations and best wishes, Br. Sean; at least SOME good things happen in 2020. I will be “there” (virtually) to watch and pray, and have invited my fellow Vestry members and other parishoners at All Saints Church in Bay Head NJ to join their prayers with mine, and to watch if they wish.

  27. Lucinda Doran on September 14, 2020 at 16:04

    Sean, Congratulations on taking your initial vows. Unfortunately, i will not be able to attend, even virtually. But I will be with you and the brothers in spirit. It is wonderful to see you when I visit the Monastery and to think about our singing days together. Bless your vocation.

  28. Mary Spence on September 14, 2020 at 15:49

    Dear Brother Sean,
    May God’s wonderful Light and Love continue to flow into your life, and through you into the lives of many.


  29. John Chambers on September 14, 2020 at 15:47

    Many congratulations Sean. I am so happy for you and will pray for you as you take this wonderful step in your path of witness and fellowship. I hope to be with you virually on Saturday. Pleasebe assured of my prayers as you prepare.

    Rev Canon John Chambers (Trustee and Director: FSJE -UK)

  30. Diane B Jacobs on September 14, 2020 at 15:32

    Many blessings on your profession and your ministry, Brother Sean.
    In Christ’s love,

  31. John and Linda Weir Charlotte, NC on September 14, 2020 at 15:15

    Bless you Sean, and Bless the fellowship you are entering into. Stay safe.

  32. Sharon Kelso on September 14, 2020 at 14:56


    We thank you for the blessings you have given us

    in Christ our Redeemer.

    Let your Spirit overshadow Brother Sean,

    that he may grow in grace and love of You,

    and may that love spread to your kingdom on earth,

    through Christ our Lord. AMEN

    Congratulations, Seann, and many blessings to you in this life you have chosen!

  33. Ms. Jan Robitscher on September 14, 2020 at 13:56

    Congratulations and all blessings as you take your vows. I will try to watch from California.

  34. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Hauser on September 14, 2020 at 13:39

    May you feel the presence of God surrounding your very being as you take these Holy Orders. These times of transition/transformation in our lives are ripe for the work of the Holy Spirit. Blessings, Nancy+

  35. KEITH FRANK ALDRED on September 14, 2020 at 13:23

    It will be 6am here in the UK, rather too early for me. However I should like to wish Sean God’s blessings for the future.

    • Scott Petersen on September 14, 2020 at 17:09

      May God be close. May you remain open. May the combination lead others to do the same.

  36. Cameron Partridge on September 14, 2020 at 13:20

    We are so happy for you, Sean! All blessings and love from the Paul/Partridge family in CA,

  37. Mrs Maria Swatman on September 14, 2020 at 13:18

    Congratulations Brother Sean, May you be filled by the Holy Spirit and walk in the Light of Christ to the Glory of God the Father Amen!

    The time difference may make it difficult but I will try to watch your service.
    God Bless

    Maria Swatman

  38. Kerry Maloney on September 14, 2020 at 13:01

    May God enfold you, Brother Sean, from this time forth and forever more.
    Kerry Maloney, FSJ

    Even now, when the plot
    calls for me to turn to stone,
    the sun intervenes. Some mornings
    in summer I step outside
    and the sky opens
    and pours itself into me
    as if I were a saint
    about to die. But the plot
    calls for me to live,
    be ordinary, say nothing
    to anyone. Inside the house,
    the mirrors burn when I pass.

    – Lisel Mueller

  39. Mary Beth Martin on September 14, 2020 at 12:42

    God bless you, Brother Sean, as you make this profession. I read the brothers’ devotional every morning and it fills me with spirit and inspiration for the day. Your roles in the brotherhood will be magnified as you go forward.

  40. Jay Tillitt (The Rev.) on September 14, 2020 at 12:37

    A beautiful day! My prayers and special Rosary for Sean on his wonderful day. May the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the intercession of Our Lady surround him.

    Fr. Jay L. Tillitt
    (Retired priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles)

  41. Andrew Malcolm on September 14, 2020 at 12:30

    On behalf of the Trustees of The Fellowship of St. John (UK) I send greetings and congratulations in advance of you taking your Initial Profession of Vows. It is indeed a wonderful thing you are about to do and a blessing to us all. I hope to join you ‘virtually’ on Saturday from the UK and in better times visit you and your Bothers once more in Boston
    Be assured of my prayers
    Every blessing,
    Fr. Andrew Malcolm (Trustee and Director: FSJE -UK)

  42. Annette Bates on September 14, 2020 at 12:03

    Congratulations, Brother Sean!

  43. Marilyn Bergen on September 14, 2020 at 12:02

    Blessings to you, Br Sean as you make your first vows. Trust in the God who calls you.
    Marilyn Bergen

  44. Rich and Jane Schweinsburg on September 14, 2020 at 12:01

    As you put your hand, heart, mind, and soul to the plow with all your strength, remember that despite your human sins and foibles, God loves you and calls you to this important ministry.

    God bless you! Fr Rich and Jane Schweinsburg

  45. Barbara Harris on September 14, 2020 at 12:01

    May God continue to lead you on God’s path for you. May you continue to be a blessing to all the lives you touch with your words. May you grow in the Spirit and in Wisdom all the days of your life.

  46. Paul Antenore on September 14, 2020 at 11:54

    Br Sean-
    My congratulations on your (upcoming) initial profession. You, and all the Brothers, especially Todd, Jack, and Lucas, have been in my prayers in recent months as the next generation of SSJE. While I can’t be their physically, I hope to be there virtually.

    All the best,

    Paul Antenore

  47. Christi Doucet on September 14, 2020 at 11:47

    Many Blessings to you as you take your vows. May they be an anchor through your journey and may they help you to unfold in your service to God. You will be in my prayers.
    Rev. Christi Doucet

  48. Elizabeth Hardy on September 14, 2020 at 11:46

    Sean: I am so pleased for you and for the Brothers. What a wonderful community of faith and service you are committing to. I enjoy your intellect and thought provoking homilies. Blessings for this important step in your journey. Archdeacon Elizabeth Hardy, Diocese of Toronto.

  49. Pam Hendricks on September 14, 2020 at 11:45

    Sean, may you be filled with God’s Grace as you follow your call into this community which has so richly blessed others. My prayers join those of others to offer my heartfelt support as you begin your adventure. God bless you!

    Pam Hendricks, Obl. OSB

  50. Fr. Mario Melendez on September 14, 2020 at 11:42

    My dear brother in Christ,

    What an amazing journey! I count myself lucky to know you all these years and to be able to celebrate (even if it is from the inside of our current internet reality) what is truly a Kairos moment in your life and ministry. May the blessing of the holy and undivided Trinity be with you forever.

  51. Mary Jane on September 14, 2020 at 11:40

    Many blessings, Sean, as you begin a new life.
    Your community is of generous service to those of us who follow you, and to the wider world in great need of help and healing.
    With gratitude,
    Mary Jane
    St. Martin’s Episcopal, Providence, RI

  52. Suzann Barr on September 14, 2020 at 11:40

    God bless you. We love you and we certainly need you. All prayers as you begin your journey to do Christ’s work.
    Suzann Barr
    Member, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,
    Little Rock, AR

  53. Ann-Marie Montague on September 14, 2020 at 11:37

    Sean, congratulations from Eastern North Carolina! Blessings to you for this very important step in your spiritual life! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ann-Marie Montague

  54. Lisa Gamble on September 14, 2020 at 11:31

    We have been blessed by your warmth, sincerity, joyful spirit and musical gifts through the grace of God. How lucky we are to have you join the brothers at SSJE in your initial profession of vows. May we all be able to come together soonest to celebrate your brotherly presence and being. Much love and heartfelt congratulations !

  55. Richard Firth on September 14, 2020 at 11:25

    Thank you for telling me about this.
    Dominus vobiscum.

  56. Jordan Rippy on September 14, 2020 at 11:19

    You are a gift to the body of Christ – thank you for following the Holy Spirit in this profession. May God bless, strengthen, encourage, empower, and keep you. Looking forward to watching from Washington, D.C.!

  57. Margo on September 14, 2020 at 10:45

    Br. Sean May grace abound and surround and abide with you as you join this loving joyful stream of witnesses. I have admired the courage of some of your homilies. May it continue to flourish. Margo

  58. Missy Carter on September 14, 2020 at 10:39

    Dear Br. Sean,
    At times like these, it is a blessing to know that ou are part of the wonderful community of SSJE.

    With gratitude for your Spirit.

    Missy Carter

    • Ian Stuart on September 15, 2020 at 19:12

      Sean, May God continue to bless you and your ministry. I also pray that your Initial Profession service on Saturday is a time of great joy for all of us as we discern the Holy Spirit at work.

  59. Barbara Kennard on September 11, 2020 at 11:20

    How wonderful! Many congratulations,Sean. We are so happy for you and for all of us! May The Love of God, The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. We will be watching your service from Dallas,Texas!

    Barbara Kennard, FSJ
    Brady Millican, FSJ

    • Jack and Nancy Day, St. Petersburg, Florida on September 14, 2020 at 11:36

      Sean, God bless you in this important step, and may you be a blessing to the fellowship as it will be to you, and as it is to the world.

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