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.
Every object or force of nature, every creature, was a gift in St. Francis’ eyes, and he recognized his deep connection with them all. We need his witness today to remind us of the sacredness of every plant, every animal, and every person that calls it home. We are stewards of this earth; not owners with license to use its resources in whatever way we wish.
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“The Climate Emergency we are facing today is a human problem, the result of our plundering the earth for its treasures at the cost of life’s delicate balance. Much of it is the result of human greed. Our greed is destroying the planet, polluting our air and our waterways and oceans, eliminating whole species of animals from the earth, and threatening our very existence. If we continue in this way, we will, before long, render the planet uninhabitable. The Climate Emergency has been caused by human beings, and only human beings have the power to reverse it.”
Br. David Vryhof cautions that money is not the problem; greed is; and that true richness comes when we learn to enjoy God’s world, and live with contentment.Read More >
“As Christians, we are as susceptible as anyone else to extreme consumerism: each of us can all too easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending. I am also sure that the most important way that we can begin to heal our planet is to allow God, daily, to heal our hearts; to mend our divided hearts. Pope Francis, in his beautiful encyclical, Laudato Si’ writes, “The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume.” So, fill your heart every morning with God! ”
Br. Geoffrey Tristram shares three contemplative practices that can help us to experience contentment, free us from the desire for more, and help us to love and appreciate what we already have.Read More >
“The human creature, far from incidentally related to the earth, is in fact intrinsically related to the earth, down to the very core of its being. As our contemporary culture seems eager and willing to forget or deny this fundamental in-dwelling of creature and creation, the church remembers a different kind of anthropology as it commemorates the woman we remember today, Saint Hildegard von Bingen.”
Br. Sean Glenn points to Hildegard for a reminder of our creaturely dependence and interdependence with God and God’s creation.Read More >
“However else we may encounter God, in ways that we are call to act and serve, they are all born here in the deep communion with Jesus himself. Bring your body and your soul to a renewed touch of Jesus. Let the presence of Jesus himself offered at this holy table draw us once again to the ground and source of our being. The body and soul of Christ are here to mingle with our bodies and souls; to make us whole.”
Br. Todd reminds us that direct engagement with Jesus makes all the difference.Read More >