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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All of us have experienced setbacks – sometimes through our own fault, sometimes through the fault of others, or through some sickness or tragedy. Look beyond these setbacks to see and trust God’s faithfulness. God has a way of overcoming evil with good, of conquering hatred with love, of countering despair with hope. God will carry us through it all.

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Hoping Against Hope – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | February 25, 2024 |

“Genuine hope looks to God; it is not focused on us.  Abraham “hoped against all hope,” not because he thought himself capable of fulfilling the promise, but because he believed God was able to do what God had promised.  His faith was in God.”

Br. David Vyrhof considers God’s covenant with Abraham for our own very deep and very real reasons for hope.

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Remain – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | February 24, 2024 |

“Remaining doesn’t mean being static, staying the same. Benedictine Michael Casey wrote: ‘Stability is not immobility. It’s the knack of remaining constant in the midst of change.’ Constancy comes through the little things, daily habits of showing up, being kind, giving thanks.”

In memory of Matthias, Br. Luke Ditewig praises the virtue of constancy.

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Life in the Midst of Death – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | February 20, 2024 |

“We begin the first of five Tuesday evening sermons in Lent focused on ‘finding God amid all that troubles us in our lives and in the world.’ This evening we explore the ultimate terms of life: “Life in the Midst of Death.” I’m going to start with eternity and then move back-from-the-future into the present. First, a disclaimer. My own experience of life after death is limited.”

Br. Curtis Almquist shares several sustaining practices that can redress our fear of death and help us to claim life both in the present and in the life to come.

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Feasting and Fasting – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | February 17, 2024 |

“We observe days and seasons of feasts and fasts one after another over the course of the year. But feast and fast are always present, interwoven with each other, the warp and weft of our lives. Interwoven, they depend on each other, giving each other depth and richness, and providing form and meaning to our relationships with each other, ourselves, and God.”

As Lent begins, Br. Lain Wilson invites us to notice how God is bringing feast into our fast.

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Ash Wednesday Hangover – Br. Jack Crowley 

By Br. Jack Crowley | February 15, 2024 |

“We live out our vocations, our call to Christ, every day of our lives. We answer Jesus’ call every morning when the alarm goes off and we drag ourselves out of bed and lift up that cross one more time. We do this every morning knowing that one day we will wake up for the last time. In between now and that last day, we have a lot of daily life to live.”

On the second day of Lent, Br. Jack Crowley ponders Jesus’ instruction that we take up our cross daily.

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