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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A playful perspective honors mystery. There is so much we do not know, and that’s ok. There is always more than we can know about the other. There is more than we will know about ourselves. There is so much more about God than we know now. There is always more.

Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Not to Condemn But To Love the World – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | May 12, 2024 |

“How does this square with the world of my experience, and perhaps yours, in which atheist friends often show astonishing love, and Christian neighbors use their testimony to propagate hate speech? I don’t have easy answers to these questions. If I did, that would probably be artificial consolation, which is not why we are here. We are here for the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Br. Keith Nelson shares two powerful stories that call us to love, in Jesus’ name.

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Building Strong and Storing Up Treasure – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | May 6, 2024 |

“Consider your own life.  Will your words and deeds be strong enough and pure enough to survive?  Do they build up and encourage others?  Do they strengthen the communities of which you are a part?  Is what you speak true and honest, loving and uplifting?  Do your words and actions have lasting value?  Or are you building with straw?”

Br. David Vryhof encourages us to consider the true foundation of our lives, words, and actions.

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Who Is It that Conquers the World? – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | May 4, 2024 |

“Do you think of yourself as a world-conquerer?”

Br. Keith Nelson ponders what it means to believe.

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Struck Silent by Love – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | May 4, 2024 |

“A first step—a first step in our own cooperation, our working with God’s transforming us—a first step in a lifetime of first steps—is to stand silent. To stand silent in awe, witnesses to a love that cannot help but strike us silent. Words will follow—but here and now, we can do no better than the beloved disciple did: to stand silent, and believe.”

Br. Lain Wilson reminds us that while our words matter deeply, so too (so, first), does our silence.

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Overlightened by Good News – Br. Jack Crowley

By Br. Jack Crowley | May 4, 2024 |

“The race to the tomb was an act of desperation, an act of faith, and an act of life. We all have our own race to the tomb. More importantly, we all have our own race to the resurrection.”

Br. Jack Crowley urges us toward the empty tomb, even on legs wobbly and with hearts racing.

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