Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Journey

Jesus reminds us that the gate is indeed narrow and the road is indeed hard, but he has given us friends and food and rest to encourage us, to feed us, and to renew us for the journey ahead. And that is what makes this journey of faith that we are on possible: friends, food and rest.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Family

God is with us in our human frailty and families, especially the very human Church. From the start with Adam and Eve, with Abraham and Sarah, God chose to use human families to care for, bless and heal the world. God became human in Jesus, to live as one of us. God was pleased to fully be immersed in our limited and loving, broken and beautiful, intricate and interconnected human community.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Mystery

A mystery is something that cannot be explained, something beyond human comprehension. We can learn to grasp the meaning of Holy mysteries only by prayer and meditation.

-Br. David Allen, SSJE

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Courage

While many of us may never face the real possibility of martyrdom, Jesus is calling us to an active and courageous giving of our lives for the sake of the gospel. Naturally, this can give rise to other fears – doubt, insecurity, impatience, anxiety, confusion, and anger – all of which can paralyze us and keep us from the life of abundance that God wants for us. Jesus is calling us to take one step at a time in faith, with the assurance that He is God Emmanuel; that is ‘God with us.’

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Grace

Understanding God’s grace is not something we can be taught. We come to know about God’s grace only by experience, and grace, when experienced, is fraught with wonder. If you look back on your own life, you will recognize God’s grace. There’s no other explanation for how you made it this far in life.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Mission

Our mission is God’s mission. It is God who has created and who sustains the world, and it is God who is now reconciling all things in Jesus Christ. It is God who is at work in the world, healing and restoring and making all things news. It is God who invites us to join in this great mission, and to be agents and ambassadors of the Good News of God’s Kingdom in which all are loved and revered, and the beauty and balance of Creation is restored.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Unity

The Way of Jesus is one of inclusion and of tearing down dividing walls. As followers of Jesus’ Way we’re called to practice the profound Truth of our essential unity, our shared humanity with all people, through which we all participate in Divinity and are all embraced by the Holy One.

-Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

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Generosity

God is no ordinary gardener. God is reckless with generosity, sowing love everywhere, not limited by investing only for the best results. Radically open, loving even in the face of rejection and impossibility – this is God’s way.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Oblation

All the things which you could call your “possessions” – both the tangible and intangible – give them up. I’m not saying to disregard them or devalue them; quite to the contrary, I’m speaking of “giving them up” like an offering, acknowledging to God how God has acknowledged you in them. In the ancient vocabulary of the church, this is called “an oblation,” living your life as an offering of thanksgiving.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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Kingdom of God

The dream of God is a dream of peace, freedom and hope for all people. Such a dream can only come true when we see that kings really do ride on donkeys, messiahs really are friends of sinners, God really has taken on human flesh, and the poor, the meek, and the peacemakers really are blessed.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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