Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Dean

Sep 17, 2018

The Very Revd Amy McCreath will be installed as the Ninth Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday, 29 September at 10:30 AM at the Cathedral.

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9/18: Laying on of Hands

Sep 17, 2018

The Church’s sacramental Ministry of Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Prayer for Healing will offered on Tuesday, 18 during the 5:30 PM Eucharist.

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Merrimack Disaster Relief

Sep 17, 2018

Please consider making a donation to the Diocese of Massachusetts for the diocesan disaster relief fund, to assist the communities of the Merrimack Valley, following last week’s explosions and fires.

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Words Matter – Br. Jim Woodrum

Sep 16, 2018

“In our modern culture, powerful language now reaches farther faster.  In as little as a ‘tweet,’ we see how speech can be used to create either thoughtful uplifting speech, or used to attack and denigrate those who would think differently than ourselves. How can we as Christians, who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ change this trend?”

Br. Jim Woodrum urges us to harness the power of language for good, by using words that bless and heal, rather than injure and maim. He offers practical suggestions for how we can choose to put right words into right action.

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Night Life – Br. Keith Nelson

Sep 11, 2018

“Jesus is not ‘charging his batteries’ so that he can be a more efficient pastor. He is not engaging in mindfulness meditation in order to generate more brilliant ideas or wow his board of trustees. And Jesus is not pulling an all-nighter so that he can ace the final exam. He is doing something for eight to ten hours straight with no obvious utility, in the dark, on a mountaintop. And this is where the imprudence, the counter-intuition, and the extravagance come in. Jesus is not saving up fuel or conserving energy for his big day. He is spending it with wreckless abandon.”

Br. Keith Nelson paints a portrait of Jesus as a man who loses sleep for love of God; he invites us, too, to spend ourselves with reckless abandon, certain that God imprudently, extravagantly, counterintuitively, graciously fills vessels that are emptied of their own light, their own fuel, their own energy, and their own will.

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Whose Property is Always to Have Mercy – Br. James Koester

Sep 9, 2018

“We live in a world, and in an age, and in a culture, that tells us lies. One of those lies is that there are people who are beyond Jesus’ love. And this story smashes that lie. And I love it.”

Br. James Koester revels in a breathless seven-line story in Mark’s Gospel, which powerfully smashes the lies we have been told about ourselves, our neighbors, and our God, whose loving and healing touch extends to everything and everyone.

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The Life You Share with the Blessed Virgin Mary – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 8, 2018

“If Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of God’s salvation for the world, Mary is its dawning.”

On the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to celebrate not just how unique Mary is, but also how much we have in common with her.

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Potential for Ministry – Br. David Allen

Sep 6, 2018

“Jesus recognized a potential within Peter that would be useful for the ministry that he was about to develop.”

Br. David Allen considers how reading the Gospel stories of Jesus calling his disciples can help us to understand Jesus’ call to follow him.

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Cruciform Zeal – Br. Sean Glenn

Sep 5, 2018

“As I went to the polls yesterday afternoon, the Eucharistic proclamation returned to me over and over—not as an invitation, but as a dire summons: BEHOLD WHAT YOU ARE; what you really are.”

Br. Sean Glenn invites us to ask us what it really at the center of our heart’s aperture, without illusion or self-deception: is it a zeal for God’s Kingdom, God’s justice, God’s wisdom, God’s freedom — a deep zeal for the will of God alone?

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Jesus, the Exorcist – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 4, 2018

“Engaging the forces of evil in the world and in the Church can be costly business.  It was for Jesus, and it will be for us.  It takes courage to name evil and to challenge it. It takes persistence to stand on the side of justice.”

Br. David Vryhof looks to the Gospel stories of exorcism for inspiration and direction as we take on Jesus’ mission: to liberate and set free, to heal and deliver, to bless, and to bring life. 

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