A short program with Br. Luke

The platform teach:able will be the central point for materials and resources for this learning series as we’ll get out of our often too-serious and word-filled heads, move, create and see, imagine, and linger with God.

At your own pace, I encourage you to move to the next lecture, which will contain a 1-3 minute video and text meditation, a 20-30 minute teaching video and documents describing various prayer practices. Using the comment section, we can share in what we are experiencing and learning.

To enroll, fill out this form below. You will receive an on-screen confirmation, and an email with further instructions to create an account with teach:able.

If you have questions, or miss a link, please contact Andrew at guesthouse@ssje.org

Blessings,  Br. Luke


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A Small Group for Students  

Saturday evenings from February 20th to April 24th, at 7:15pm EST for one hour each meeting.

In our community’s Rule of Life, the brothers say, “We find a profound significance for our own lives in what the fourth gospel tells us of the Beloved Disciple’s friendship with Jesus and his call to be a witness to the mystery of the Incarnation.” We invite you to join us in exploring this call to friendship and witness with Christ. This is an opportunity to come together, share our experiences of prayer, and engage with Scripture, that we might experience a “real and growing bond of personal love” with Christ. Through weekly sessions of community prayer and discussion, we will reflect on Jesus’ many encounters throughout John’s Gospel, and how we may encounter Christ in our own lives.

Eligibility: While meetings will begin online, it is our hopeful intention to meet in-person when this becomes safely possible. As such, this cohort’s participation is limited to graduate and undergraduate students of Boston-area schools. This group is open to participants regardless of gender. Commitment to Christian faith is an expectation, though we warmly welcome participants from a variety of Christian traditions as well as those who may be new to faith.

After registering, you will receive an email the week of February 15th with further details and a link to our meeting.


Thank you for your interest in our student group Abiding with Christ. Our group is full at this time. We hope you will be able to join us for future groups and programming.

 

Send any questions to guesthouse@ssje.org

(Group A) Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm
September 22, September 29, October 6,  October 13.

(Group B) Thursdays 2-3pm
September 24, September 31, October 8, October 15.

Gather with Br. Luke in a one-hour group Zoom session weekly to refresh and expand your prayer. Through interactive group sessions in tandem with individual learning and practice, we’ll get out of our often too-serious and word-filled heads, move, create and see, imagine, and linger with God. With childlike freedom, we’ll practice deep breaths, simple movements, and creative formats to pray your life.

We will mail a couple materials, so give a postal address at registration.

September 22, 24           Introduction followed by individual learning and practice
September 29, 31            Group sharing followed by individual learning and practice
October 6, 8                     Group sharing followed by individual learning and practice
October 13, 15                  Group sharing and conclusion

Time commitment: 3+ hours per week for 4 weeks

Note: choose one for the entirety of the series.

Group A: Tuesday evenings, starting September 22
-OR-
Group B: Thursday afternoon, starting September 24


Embodied Prayer 

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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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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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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. 

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.

<b><i>Wisdom from the Desert: May 29-31, 2020</i></b>

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

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.

<b><i>Consider Your Call: May 19-22, 2020</i></b>

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

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.

<b><i>Claiming our Birthright: May 7-10, 2020</i></b>

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

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.

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