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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Suffering is not always the last word. I’m not denying pain or loss; but I am saying that amazing good can paradoxically come out of appalling bad. That’s what is called “redemption.” Jesus said he’s come to us “to seek and to save the lost.” How wonderful it is when something we have lost in life is retrieved, saved, and redeemed by Jesus.

Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Feasting and Fasting – Br. Lain Wilson

By Br. Lain Wilson | February 17, 2024 |

“We observe days and seasons of feasts and fasts one after another over the course of the year. But feast and fast are always present, interwoven with each other, the warp and weft of our lives. Interwoven, they depend on each other, giving each other depth and richness, and providing form and meaning to our relationships with each other, ourselves, and God.”

As Lent begins, Br. Lain Wilson invites us to notice how God is bringing feast into our fast.

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Ash Wednesday Hangover – Br. Jack Crowley 

By Br. Jack Crowley | February 15, 2024 |

“We live out our vocations, our call to Christ, every day of our lives. We answer Jesus’ call every morning when the alarm goes off and we drag ourselves out of bed and lift up that cross one more time. We do this every morning knowing that one day we will wake up for the last time. In between now and that last day, we have a lot of daily life to live.”

On the second day of Lent, Br. Jack Crowley ponders Jesus’ instruction that we take up our cross daily.

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The Properties of God – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | February 13, 2024 |

“Bring forward something within you that you know does not reflect the qualities of Jesus. Offer this to God and in exchange, receive and partake in the body and blood of Jesus, present in the bread and wine. As you begin your Lenten journey tomorrow, aim to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’”

On the cusp of Lent, Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to discern our identity as God’s children, along with the defining qualities that should accompany such recognition.

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We have seen his glory! – Br. David Vryhof

By Br. David Vryhof | February 11, 2024 |

“What do we make of a story like this that describes a theophany so extraordinary, so spectacular, so dazzling, so supernatural, that it defies logic.  The whole experience lies so far beyond anything any of us has or ever will see or know, it is almost impossible to imagine. For a few brief moments, the veil is lifted and the disciples see the radiant glory of God beaming from the person of Jesus.”

On the feast of the Transfiguration, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to allow ourselves to be transformed by the glory of God, and to reflect that glory into the world.

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The Scripture of Your Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | February 8, 2024 |

“God’s revelation to us will be a kind of synergy between what is going on with a very old scriptural story, and what is going on today in our own heart and imagination. And that creates a whole new story.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to approach the Scriptures as a window through which to experience life today from a new perspective: God’s perspective.

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