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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To be intentional about how we are using the gift of speech, we must first recognize the place we are in when speaking: Am I hungry, angry, lonely, or tired? Do I feel defensive? It might be wise to attend to some self-care, spend some quiet time processing how you feel, what has made you feel triggered. Then you will be able to speak from a place that will enable freedom for yourself and others.

Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Perceive – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | July 9, 2024 |

“We make idols when focusing on something or someone instead of God. We can make an idol out of anything: out of person by overly seeking their approval or appreciation or time, out of work, hobbies, wealth, possessions, or avocation. It’s not so much what but how we use it, or how much we focus on it.”

Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to consider what is muffling our perception of God.

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July 4th – Making for Righteousness and Peace – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | July 4, 2024 |

“Righteousness is relational. Righteousness is making relationships right and of keeping relationships right: right relationships between individuals, between groups – racial groups, cultural groups, political groups, religious groups – and between nations, all of which makes for righteous living before God, the Creator of all.”

On the United States’ Independence Day, Br. Curtis Almquist recalls our deep interdependence.

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What sort of man is this? – Br. Lucas Hall

By Br. Lucas Hall | July 2, 2024 |

“An encounter with God should push us, at least a little bit. It should surprise us, at least a little bit. It should bewilder us, at least a little bit. An encounter with God is an encounter with power not our own, beyond our own, something that should cause us to stop and pay attention, to be broken open, to kneel.”

Br. Lucas Hall urges us to be prepared – with even a bit of trembling – for an encounter with our God.

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Crowded healing – Br. Jack Crowley

By Br. Jack Crowley | June 30, 2024 |

“We all want to feel well and to be made well. Jesus makes it clear what makes us well. Faith. Faith is that unrelenting belief in God. That constant returning day after day to the grace of God. That belief that there is something far greater than ourselves, far greater than this crowd of ours. We abide in our faith because it is our lifeblood.”

Amidst injury, pain, and fear, Br. Jack Crowley reminds us to hold fast to faith, which is the root of our healing.

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Fallible Giants: Peter and Paul – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | June 29, 2024 |

“The wonder is that God has chosen us and continues to use us as agents for God’s work in the world, the bringing in of the Kingdom of God.  These charismatic figures inspire us by their example and their willingness to suffer for the sake of Christ.  They challenge us to take up the mission of God day by day, continually renewing our commitment to Christ and fanning into flames our zeal for the Good News.”

In the witness of the giants of our faith, Br. David Vryhof finds hope for all of us fallible followers of Christ.

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