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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The life we have been given is right now. Live today as if this were your last day. The story is told of Saint Francis of Assisi who was out hoeing his garden. A passerby asked him what he would do if he were suddenly to learn that he would die before sunset that very day. Francis replied, “I would finish hoeing my garden.”

Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE
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Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Craving for God – Br. Jack Crowley

By Br. Jack Crowley | April 16, 2024 |

“Jesus knows what motivates us. He knows our hearts, our minds, and our stomachs. He knows what makes us tick. He knows this for each and every one of us, in our own peculiar way.”

Br. Jack Crowley urges us to bring our hunger to God’s table.

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Jesus’ Abiding Presence – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | April 14, 2024 |

“When we gaze at this painting, it conveys something much deeper than merely a depiction of a woman, child, and angel with wheat and grapes. Like a religious icon, every detail in the painting prayerfully hints at a richer narrative—one that may require time and contemplation to fully appreciate.”

At the annual mass for Isabella Stewart Gardner, Br. Jim Woodrum reflects on the mystery of Jesus’ abiding presence with us.

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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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