Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

Br. David Vryhof, SSJE is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Calvin University, then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Education of the Deaf at Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to the Community in 1985, he taught at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf in Providence, then at the MICO Teachers’ College in Kingston, Jamaica (where he also became an Anglican). Following his arrival at the Monastery, David studied at Duke University and the General Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood 1994. He was life-professed in 1997 and has served the Community as Assistant Superior as well as Novice Guardian (a post in which he served for a total of 17 years!). His specific interests include Ignatian Spirituality, Spiritual Discernment, U.S. and world politics, as well as issues surrounding minorities in the U.S. such as African-Americans, native peoples, LGBTQ people and those living in poverty. He is currently studying Spanish, and enjoys exercising, reading, and watching movies. David is credited with being the most committed sports fan in the Community and loves all the Boston teams.


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Selection of Br. David's teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"


In Jesus, says John, we find salvation. In him we find healing and hope. In him we find “eternal life,” the very life of God abiding within us. In him we learn to love as we have been loved. -Br. David Vryhof, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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When life seems to be an uphill battle, when you are overwhelmed by fear or worry or grief, recall the image of Paul and Silas, beaten and bloodied, locked in chains, singing and praising God. This joy can be yours as well. This freedom belongs to you as a child of God. Nothing can destroy…

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When we love we want to serve. We long to be given some task that will contribute to the good purposes of the one we love. The greatest hope of those who have chosen to serve is that they may be found trustworthy; they can imagine no greater joy than to do what pleases the…

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Selection of Br. Davids's writing

Between Good & Evil: The Practice of Spiritual Discernment

“The spiritual skill of discernment enables us not only to resist the lure of those voices that would distract and distance us from God, but also to perceive directly God’s engagement with us in the circumstances of our lives as we navigate the many decisions that crop up along our way.”

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The Call of Christ in Our Time: Guidance for Christian Leaders

We need God and other people to reveal to us the invitation or opportunity embedded in each of today’s stark challenges.

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Taking Risks

What risks do we need to take to be faithful to God’s call in our own time?

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