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"


Remember the Lord your God. Remember the marvels he has done. Remember that you are but dust and to dust you shall return. Don’t just call these things to mind, but call on their power, that you may experience now God’s marvels, God’s holiness, God’s power to raise you up from the dust and ashes of death. -Br. Geoffrey…

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Just as the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Mary that she might give birth to Jesus, so the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon you and me at our baptisms, that we might grow into the full stature of children of God. God is calling us to grow – every day –…

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I would say the most important thing of all is, every morning, to spend some time in prayer. Allow the images of what God has done for you to work on your imagination. Let the life-giving stories of the Gospels slowly permeate your soul, and gradually transform your consciousness and your values. -Br. Geoffrey Tristram,…

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Selection of Br. Geoffrey's writing

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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Finding Holiness in the Sanctuary of Difference

“Each one of us lives in various circles of society, whether they be our family, our community, or our place of work, and I bet that each one of us can think of at least one person who annoys or irritates us, and whom we sometimes wish would just simply go away! If we are trying to follow Jesus Christ, our challenge is to use the power that we have been given to build up community and not break it down, to learn how to live with the other rather than trying to exclude them and wishing they would just disappear.”

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