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Monastic Wisdom for Small Parishes: May 16, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020 (9:00 am-2:30 pm; includes lunch, doors open at 8:45 am)
Leader: Brs. Jonathan Maury , Jim Woodrum and Sean Glenn

This workshop is tailored for both lay and ordained leaders of small parishes who wish to nurture Christian Community using the classic monastic themes of Hospitality, Prayer and Worship.  In this workshop, Brothers will present on these themes and offer suggestions/resources for how to enliven and strengthen Community within a small parish atmosphere. 

Monastic Wisdom for Small Parishes: May 16, 2020 

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Cultivating the Gift of Patience: March 28, 2020

Saturday, March 28, 2020 (9:00 am-12:15 pm, doors open at 8:45 am)
Leader: Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

According to Trappist monk and author Michael Casey, in Western Monasticism patience is seen as the “principal battleground” where we work out our salvation.  It is “the practical expression of faith and hope and an important indication of the genuineness of the interior life.”  Gregory the Great calls it “the root and guardian of all the virtues.” Impatience, on the other hand, is also taken seriously; it is, in the words of Bernard of Clairvaux, “nothing less than the soul’s perdition” (i.e. the soul’s utter destruction).  In this workshop, we’ll try to understand why monastics valued the virtue of patience so highly and how they encouraged us to attain it.

Cultivating the Gift of Patience: March 28, 2020

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The Way of the Heart: Christianity as Inner Path: January 18, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020 (9:00 am-12:15 pm, doors open at 8:45 am)
Leader: Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

The Heart is a poignant symbol in Christian scripture and tradition, an inner sanctum where we can abide with Christ in the midst of busy lives and the whirlwind of our own thoughts. In this workshop we will explore ancient and medieval texts and the work of contemporary spiritual writers on the Heart: the center of our being and the birthplace of our transfiguration in Christ. Contemplative, body-centered exercises will offer tools for grounding and applying these insights in daily life. 

The Way of the Heart: January 18, 2020 

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FULL – Forgiving and Being Forgiven: October 12, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (9:00 am-12:15 pm, doors open at 8:45 am)
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Central to Jesus’ teaching, forgiveness is as relentlessly challenging as it is utterly liberating. We will explore insights from the Bible, psychology, and literature, and the practical dimensions of forgiving and being forgiven.

Wisdom from the Desert: May 29-31, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, May 29-31, 2020
Leader: Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

Monasticism and monastic spirituality have their roots in the deserts of Egypt, Syria and Palestine, where, in the fourth century, an intensive experiment in Christian living began.  What wisdom might the early Desert Fathers and Mothers have to impart to us today? What can they teach us that might help us live well in the present age?


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Wisdom from the Desert: May 29-31, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Consider Your Call: May 19-22, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Tuesday 5:00 pm – Friday 2:00 pm, May 19-22, 2020
Leader: Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

(I Cor. 1:26) A retreat before ordination
This retreat is intended for those about to be ordained to the diaconate or the priesthood. These few days of retreat will be a time for rest and renewal, and provide an opportunity to pray and reflect together on the mystery and wonder of our own vocation and call to ministry.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Consider Your Call: May 19-22, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

Claiming our Birthright: May 7-10, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, May 7-10, 2020
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

A retreat for men
A lethality of loneliness, competitiveness, and shame compromise the freedom to be fully alive for so many men. Work can corrupt personal identity; fierce, inbred independence can compromise a sense of belonging. We can learn from Jesus’ story and others’ about a different way.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Claiming our Birthright: May 7-10, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

My Beloved, Arise!: April 24-26, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Friday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, April 24-26, 2020
Leader: Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE

An Eastertide Retreat
Christ is risen; WE are risen!  Easter Season invites us to see afresh and embrace the transforming power of resurrection in our lives as beloved children of God.  Abiding with the first disciples and one another, we will “Go to Galilee” to see the Risen Lord – seeking him in silence, in worship and song, in contemplative sharing and fellowship.


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$280.00 per person for this program retreat
$150.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

My Beloved, Arise!: Apr 24-26, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

FULL: My Soul in Silence Waits: March 19-22, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, March 19-22, 2020
Leader: Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

A Lenten retreat 
With a tyranny of demands on our time and attention, we face depletion and desolation, and we can lose our way. Our Lenten retreat will focus on stillness, silence, and solitude – very countercultural practices, yet long-tested ways to hear, know, and love God. 


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Please Note: This retreat is full. We are taking waiting list reservations only, and we will contact you if and when a spot opens up.

My Soul in Silence Waits: Mar 19-22, 2020

Space is limited on this program retreat, we invite you to request a place by completing the form below. We will respond to your request quickly and let you know the next steps. Please do not make travel plans until we have confirmed your place.
Note: All contact details are required to request a place.
Please use your current email

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.

FULL – Praying with Julian of Norwich: February 27- March 1, 2020

Location: The Monastery in Cambridge
Thursday 5:00 pm – Sunday 2:00 pm, February 27- March 1, 2020
Leader: Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

“’I Saw No Wrath in God’ – a Lenten retreat
Blessed Julian of Norwich was a fourteenth century woman whose visionary writings offer profound hope and meaning for those who struggle to feel God’s love as a living, personal reality. Her vivid experience of God’s boundless compassion led her to declare, contrary to the theologians of her day, ‘I saw no wrath in God.’ In this Lenten retreat, we will explore Julian’s understanding of sin, forgiveness, and our joyful union with God. 


We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it, and so the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. As such, we are always grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry.

$420.00 per person for this program retreat
$225.00 for students/young adults

Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Reservations are confirmed only upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

We ask that you request only one retreat per year to allow everyone the opportunity to share in our ministry. Thank you.

Questions: please contact the Guesthouse Manager by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org.