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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God’s invitation is not for the select few, but rather for all who long to drink deeply from the well of eternal life. We have all been invited to become God’s children, and to come to drink from Jesus, the living water. And that is good news, no matter where you are from, your situation in life, or what others think of you.

Br. James Koester, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Pentecost and the Work of the Spirit – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | May 19, 2024 |

“Given the world into which Tunde and his sister, Anu, have been born, a world that is so ravaged by evil in which we adults have both suffered and contributed, we could see Tunde and, two years ago, Anu’s baptism as a kind of washing from the contamination of the world that surrounds them, and affects them, could infect them. We can see his baptism giving Tunde a kind of fresh access to the Spirit of God who blew over the waters of the first creation giving life and light and love.”

On the Feast of Pentecost, Br. Curtis Almquist ponders the gift and calling of Baptism, both for adults and for babies.

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Real Talk – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | May 17, 2024 |

“The questions—and the answers—aren’t for Jesus. Jesus already knows. They’re for Peter, who may need that repeated invitation to be real, to bring to the surface his own grief, to know assuredly not only that he loves but that he is loved. And to hear—also, repeated three times—the way that this love will be lived out in the world: ‘Feed my sheep.’”

Br. Lain Wilson considers how questions are an invitation to be real, to dig deeper.

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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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