Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

Br. Geoffrey Tristram, hailing from Cardiff, Wales, studied Theology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University. He attended seminary at Westcott House, Cambridge, and was ordained to the priesthood in Salisbury Cathedral in 1980. Following his ordination, Geoffrey served as a parish priest, as well as the Head of the Theology Department at an Anglican High School. He came to SSJE in 1999, was initially-professed in 2001, and life-professed in 2004. Among other jobs, he has served as Novice Guardian, Brother in Charge of Emery House, Deputy Superior, and Superior. He enjoys traveling, especially exploring large cities and other cultures, and studying modern languages. He is an avid reader of French and English literature, and is interested in music, art and architecture, and political biography. Geoffrey loves cycling, and can often be seen riding his bike around Harvard Square.


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


If God seems distant or uncommunicative these days, maybe you’re simply not listening. God doesn’t shout: God’s first language is silence. Maybe in your prayers you are doing too much talking and not enough listening. – Br. Geoffrey Tristram Society of Saint John the Evangelist To Read More, Click Here Video not displaying? Click here…

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Philip was a good evangelist because he was obedient to God’s call. This obedience to God was not sullen or grudging; it was joyful. When the Spirit tells Philip to go over to the chariot and join the Ethiopian, the text says, “Philip RAN up to it’. This suggests that for Philip, to obey God’s…

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It is perhaps at the Eucharist where we can most profoundly both celebrate and renew our Troth, our commitment and our union with our Lord. The mystery that in Christ we, by the lovingkindness and mercy of God, have been made one flesh with him who is our Lord and our God. -Br. Geoffrey Tristram,…

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Selection of Br. Geoffrey's writing

Violence and the Promise of God

“How can we as Christians hold together a belief in a just and loving God, when throughout the world today we continue to see such suffering, cropping up in fresh conflicts every year?”

Join Br. Geoffrey Tristram on this inspiring journey from despair to hope, as he learns how even small shifts can pave the way to meaningful change in this broken, aching world of ours, and in our own broken, aching hearts.

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Belonging: Living in God’s Contentment

“Through faith we can come to know again the original blessing of belonging to God and recover that divine contentment which is God’s desire for us.”

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Colombian Hospitality: The Gift of a New Community

“The doors of God’s very home have been flung open for us, and we have been welcomed with open arms of love: ‘Mi casa es su casa’!”

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