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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Chosen

You have not been chosen randomly, or by happenstance, but particularly and eternally, to bear fruit for God. As with Mary, so with us, eternity stands still while all heaven waits for our answer. What will it be? Will you, like Mary, open the womb of your heart and give birth to the Incarnate Word of God so that all might live for the praise of his glory?

Br. James Koester, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Build upon a life of faith – Br. Michael Hardgrove

By Br. Michael Hardgrove | December 1, 2022 |

“So much of what we believe holds up and maintains our lives and our societies, are in fact nothing more than shifting sands, that we must dig past, deeper, and deeper, until we reach the solid core of God’s deep love for us; the true source of salvation, of unity, and of life everlasting. This is the rock upon which Jesus calls us to trust in, to build our life of faith on.”

Br. Michael Hardgrove encourages us to take Jesus at his word and trust in his teachings, the solid rock of faith.

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Called and Sent: Becoming Apostles – Br. Keith Nelson

By Br. Keith Nelson | November 30, 2022 |

“In a contemplative spirit, we can pause to reconsider some fundamental questions about what it means to be called by Jesus, and what it means to be sent.”

On the Feast of Saint Andrew, Br. Keith Nelson asks us to pause and reflect on the call of Jesus.

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Home at Journey’s End – Br. Todd Blackham

By Br. Todd Blackham | November 27, 2022 |

“The destination and end of our walk with Christ is to finally meet God face to face, dwelling in light inaccessible.  To know even as we are known.  To behold the beatific vision of the Triune God, and there to dwell, to make our habitation.  But there is no direct flight, and the trek is often uphill.”

As Advent begins, Br. Todd Blackham invites us to consider where we are on our pilgrimage of faith.

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The Courage We Need Now – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | November 26, 2022 |

“As I listen to the obituaries of our departed brethren at Compline, I am often struck that, whatever their strengths and weaknesses, their successes and failures, they each embodied a very special kind of courage. In persevering in the religious life, each revealed how courage is bound up in simply living life, in all its complexities and contradictions.”

Br. Lain Wilson invites us all to take up with courage our common vocation as Christians: to be Christ’s light in a dark world.

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Best Gifts – Br. Luke Ditewig

By Br. Luke Ditewig | November 23, 2022 |

“If you’re finding fault in another, holding onto hurt, or wanting to throw someone out—which happens at holiday gatherings—consider: What have you received? What’s the best you’ve got? Act from your gratitude from experiences of mercy, forgiveness, and love.”

Br. Luke Ditewig calls us to act with mercy in our relationships.

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