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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Trust

We cannot be channels of God’s comfort and compassion if we continue to be bound by fear and anxiety, which is why God urges us to cast our burdens upon him, to trust his presence with us and his work within us, and to leave behind all fear. Trust in God and discover the glorious freedom of the children of God, who need never be afraid.

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Death and Life – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | April 11, 2024 |

“If our daily experiences of loss and failure and frustration prepare us for the certainty of our deaths, our daily experiences of trust—and the hope and joy and love that accompany them—do so as well.”

Br. Lain Wilson celebrates the trust that transforms even our ultimate death into a promise of life.

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Meeting Us Where We Are, and Sending Us Out – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | April 7, 2024 |


Has the Risen Christ ever come to you when you were in a place of need?  If so, how did he come? I’m moved by the resurrection accounts in the Fourth Gospel, in which Jesus returns to his broken-hearted disciples as the Risen One, meeting them just where they are.”

Br. David Vryhof marvels at the tender, patient forgiveness of Jesus in the Resurrection narratives – the very same love that he extends to us as well.

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You Are My Sunshine! – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | March 31, 2024 |

“Mary, engulfed in sorrow and confronted with the profound emptiness of Jesus’ tomb, didn’t realize Jesus was right beside her until He spoke her name. Similarly, we all will endure our own versions of Good Friday—times marked by loss, departure, and profound loneliness. It is precisely in these moments that we should shift our focus to recognize Jesus’ presence near us.”

On Easter Sunday, Br. Jim Woodrum celebrates the manifestations of Paschal mystery all around us.

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The Last Breath of Jesus – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | March 29, 2024 |

“The quiet, calm purpose of Jesus is sealed by the confidence of his final words: “It is finished.” It is finished with great suffering, and with great love. It is completed, whole, and offered up in glory. With him, at long last, we exhale and are drawn to our knees – not in defeat, but in awe. There is nothing more for us to do, but ask for the spirit of Jesus to aid us as we make a fresh return of such great love.”

Br. Keith Nelson marvels at the depths of meaning held in Jesus’ final breath from the cross.

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It’s good to think of others – Br. Jack Crowley 

By Br. Jack Crowley | March 28, 2024 |

“Every year on Maundy Thursday, I ask myself why, why did Jesus do it? Why did he wash feet at his own Last Supper? Every year I come back to the same answer. Jesus knew what he was doing. He knew this was it. This was the Last Supper. This was going to be one of his last chances to teach us something.”

Br. Jack Crowley finds in Maundy Thursday a deep reminder that what we do here matters.

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