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The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

In addition the Brothers have a series of other resources that we hope might be helpful to you in exploring living with a Rule.

Living Intentionally: Creating a Rule of Life

We invite you to download our Living Intentionally Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life. Walk with Br. David Vryhof step-by-step through the process of writing your own Rule.

A Framework for Freedom:

We invite you to discover the freedom that comes from living by a rule of life, by journeying through “A Framework for Freedom,” a 7-week self-guided video course to help you say “Yes” to your life.  Watch the series now.  Subscribe to a daily email.

In Lent 2012, we preached a series on the challenges and rewards of living by a rule of life. Drawing on chapters from SSJE’s Rule. Read and listen to the sermons.

A Living Tradition:

Each day of Lent 2011, we posted a short “living commentary” on our Rule, with a Brother or two offering his unique perspective on the document which shapes and forms our prayer and practice more than any other apart from Scripture and The Book of Common PrayerTo read that conversation, click here.


The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

  • To listen to the SSJE Rule of Life, read aloud by a brother, click on the chapters to the left.
  • To read a Guide to Personal Reflection, click here
  • To Subscribe to the SSJE Rule of Life, click the subscribe buttons on the left.
  • We welcome comments on each chapter.
  • To purchase a copy of the book The Rule of Life, click here



The audio book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is read by Br. Curtis Almquist and accompanied by carols sung by the Brothers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas follow from December 25 until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the traditional date when the Magi arrived to present gifts to infant Jesus. For many, the meaning of these days is lost. By Christmas night we are saturated with the holiday hype, overfed by music and food, and may already be disappointed that the presents received are not enough. This audio book is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents.

This is simply an invitation to go deeper than the tinsel and wrappings, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. Readers are invited to unwrap gifts that will last, praying the twelve days of Christmas.


“Agape” love is a determination of the will that no matter who this person is, no matter what kind of relationship we have with them, no matter how they treat us, no matter if they injure or grieve us, we will seek their best. This is tough love, not a feeling of the heart but a resolve of the will. It’s the love God has for all of us, love no matter what.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Live as stewards of all that has been entrusted to you. Use what you have been given for God’s glory and for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. Use it to bless the lives of others, to bring hope where there is despair, to create possibilities where all seems dead and lost.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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SSJE in The Way of Love

Presiding Bishop Curry recently invited the whole Church to take up what he calls “The Way of Love,” a series of practices that will help people to live Jesus-centered lives. “How can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives,” Bishop Curry asks, “so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?” His answer might not surprise Friends of SSJE. The answer is no less than keeping a Rule of Life!

“The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” . . .  The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”

Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest.

SSJE is delighted to make an appearance in the promotional video for “The Way of Love,” which you can watch below. We hope you’ll check out this wonderful program.


When the New Testament talks about coming to faith in Christ, it is always in terms of community. The way to grow into our full stature as children of God is not through competitive individualism, but being made part of a new family, a fellowship, or what the New Testament calls a “koinonia” of love. It is in this community, the Church, the Body of Christ, that we become who we most truly are meant to be, and gain our true identity.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Looking Ahead: Chapel Closure

The Monastery, Guesthouse, and Chapel will be closed, from after Evening Prayer on Sunday, 21 October, until Morning Prayer on Tuesday, 30 October. This gives the Brothers and Interns an opportunity for times of individual retreat, continuing education, family visits, and vacation.

Resilience: Kolbe Times

We’re delighted to share the republication of one of Br. Curtis’ pieces in Kolbe Timespublished out of Calgary, Canada. The most recent issue takes up the timely, necessary theme of resilience. The Kolbe Times website and e-publication were founded by a group of Third Order Franciscans, with a focus on the intersection of art, faith, and social justice. “Our hope from the start has been to create a meeting place that sparks collaborative action and spiritual renewal, by giving voice to artists, thinkers and social innovators.” Read the new issue here.


Jesus says to us that “the last shall be first.” The last place you might have imagined yourself looking for God’s presence, the last person to whom you’d be inclined to give any heed or hearing or deference or care, may be the first place to look, especially if God’s presence to you seems unclear or uncertain in these changing times.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Jesus seemed to be able to think and act outside of the cultural, social, and tribal context that he inhabited. That he did so is a testament to his own deep life of prayer and service placing him ever more deeply into the universal truth that is God.

-Br. Robert L’Esperance, SSJE

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Whatever our state of un-health, Jesus is there, working to make us well if we will only have faith. Whatever the problem, give it to Jesus in prayer and then get some rest. We may not feel “on the mend” right away, but healing will happen in GodÕs time. Jesus is our balm and our hope.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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