Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE

Lucas Hall, SSJE grew up and went to college in the Cincinnati area. Before discerning his monastic vocation, Lucas worked in local politics. He arrived at SSJE in 2017 and was initially-professed in 2019. He has served the community as Sacristan at the Monastery and Guest Brother at Emery House. He now serves as Cellarer, is active in student ministry, and works with men inquiring into monastic life as Vocations Brother. He enjoys cooking, baking, woodworking, and block printing, as well as getting outside to hike or kayak. Other interests include history, theology (especially Syrian Christianity), and paleozoology. He boasts a checkered past: when he was only nineteen, Lucas ran for public office; and his baptism into the Christian path was “valid, but not licit,” performed by his grandmother.


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

Keep Awake

We are ordered to be perfect, and we fail. Jesus then brings perfection to us. We are ordered to sin no more, and we sin again. Jesus then brings innocence to us. We are ordered to love, and we hate. Jesus then brings love to us. We are ordered to keep awake, and we fall…

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God is described not as loving, but as Love. And this is our ultimate vocation, our fundamental call from God; not to do, but to be love. Br. Lucas Hall, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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God wants to come to us. God wants us to open ourselves to God as God has opened Godself to us. God wants our hope, our listening, our receptivity. God wants our silence. That is easy to say. It is hard to do. In noisy, frenetic lives, silence is an uncomfortable task. It is a…

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Selection of Br. Lucas' writing

Breaking Apart

“If we wish to talk about the strife of our communities, cultures, and societies, I believe we need, at some point, to talk about the strife people endure internally.”

Embark on a profound journey from despair to faith as this article explores Br. Lucas’s battle with internal strife, nihilism, and the transformative power of encountering God.

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Remember the Words He Taught You

“Many of us are wearied by the changes and the uncertainty of our civil lives, our political communities. I certainly am. But we can take heart, and pray together for the coming of God’s kingdom; it is a hope, big and sturdy enough for us all.”

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Praying with the Old Testament

“The whole of scripture is a gift from God. Though it can be daunting and challenging, engaging with the Old Testament as a wellspring of prayer can illumine truths about God, the Church, and ourselves, in ways we may never expect.”

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