Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist


Looking Ahead: Chapel Closure

The Chapel and Guest House will close after Evening Prayer on Sunday, 29 July. We will resume our regular liturgical schedule on Tuesday, 28 August. During this time the Brothers will be on our annual community retreat, as well as having time for community Chapter and Discussions and vacations.

Schedule Change: 10-11 July

The next retreat day for the Community will be on Wednesday, 11 July. On our retreat days the liturgical schedule is abbreviated. We do not pray Compline publicly the night before (10 July), and nor do pray Morning Prayer or Compline publicly on the retreat day itself. However we do celebrate the Eucharist and pray Evensong as normal (at 12:30 PM and 6:00 PM respectively).

Farewell to Our Summer Seminarians

Yesterday we bid farewell to our three Summer Seminarians: Sam Aldred (St. Stephen’s House, Oxford), John Kennedy (Berkeley Divinity School at Yale) and Elizabeth Phyu (Virginia Theological Seminary). We were pleased to hear each of them preach in the Chapel over the last few weeks. We invite you to check out the wonderful sermons they shared with us:

Who Is Jesus Christ? – Sam Aldred
Reprogramming the Heart – John Kennedy
Shine Your Light
– Elizabeth Phyu

We hope you’ll join us in bidding them farewell and Godspeed.

Many Years!

Congratulations to our Brother David Allen, who celebrated the fifty-seventh anniversary of his profession in our Society on Sunday, July 1. In our Rule of Life, we read: “We pray that seeds planted in many years of faithful life will bear fruit in old age.  Our older brothers will then be able to contribute their experience of what is essential in our life with God, a sense of perspective, wisdom, their appreciation for the community and joy in the younger members. The elders of the community are to be honored as the bearers of our corporate memory who link us with our past.” We hope you will join with us in praying with thanksgiving for Br. David’s continued witness and ministry.

The Laying on of Hands and Anointing

The Church’s Sacramental Ministry of Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Prayer for Healing will next be offered on Sunday, 1 July at the 9:00 AM Eucharist and on Tuesday, 17 July at the 5:30 PM Eucharist. We hope that you will join us and partake of this ministry.

Emery House Spring Work Weekend

The weekend of May 18th, Brs. Geoffrey Tristram, Curtis Almquist, and Sean Glenn hosted a wonderful group of volunteers at Emery House for our Spring Work Weekend. Among the volunteers were 5 former SSJE Interns (from the Monastery and Emery House) – a wonderful reunion. The work projects varied from planting spring flowers in the gardens, to weeding, splitting firewood, and trimming along the 18th century stone walls.  We prayed and worshipped, ate well, worked hard, slept soundly, and shared a good many laughs throughout the weekend.

Interns Farewell

Sunday, 20 May marks the end of the Monastic Internship Program for this academic year, and we will be saying farewell and Godspeed to our three interns: Amy, Lydia, and Nathan. Please join us that Sunday – in person or in prayer – in expressing our gratitude for the gift of their presence over the last nine months.

Wear Red!

Next Sunday, May 20, is the The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday. The liturgical color for Pentecost is red. Why not wear something red to the Eucharist that day as a sign of being a Spirit-filled people?