With great sadness, the SSJE community announces that our brother Eldridge Pendleton died on August 26, 2015 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living, Chelsea, Massachusetts. Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE’s Superior, said, “Our brother Eldridge was a gifted historian, spiritual director and writer. He was greatly loved by many people who were drawn by his gentle kindness, wisdom, and wonderful sense of humor. And he was always a Texan! May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Eldridge H. Pendleton met members of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) when he was twenty-one. Later, after teaching at several universities and directing a museum in Maine, he joined SSJE in 1984. Eldridge served in many capacities, including archivist, Senior Brother of Saint John’s House in Durham, North Carolina and Director of the Fellowship of Saint John. He was a life member of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. Despite many health challenges in recent years Eldridge remained full of vigor and in 2014 he published, “Press on the Kingdom,” a biography of Charles Chapman Grafton, one of the founders of the Society. Eldridge loved recounting stories of the founding brothers of the Society and their enthusiasm for the religious life and God in the hope of inspiring future monastics.
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