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.

A Face, Searched out and Known – Br. Sean Glenn

Jan 17, 2021

“History begs us to be clear eyed: we have come to the edge of a very real precipice. The days and months ahead will likely not be easy. We will still have to find a way to live with one another in this night of disunion. This epiphany of our shared sickness begs us to ask ourselves uncomfortable questions. We will have to meet God and one another as the broken creatures we are.”

Br. Sean Glenn grapples with the events in the US Capitol on January 6th, as their own kind of Epiphany.

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Here to Heal – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jan 16, 2021

“Sharp like a scalpel, scripture cuts through our pride, confusion, and the made-up stories we tell ourselves to reveal the truth. Scripture convicts us, reveals what we lack, what we’re grasping and need to let go. Scripture points to our deep need and to God’s great love.”

Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to sit with the challenges Scripture issues to us, confident in the knowledge that Jesus speaks to us in these words and bears through them the ability to heal.

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The Possibility of Humankind – Br. Jim Woodrum

Jan 16, 2021

“Jesus gospel message was that we were all created in the image of God, with the capacity to mirror the same loving-kindness that is God’s essence. We show this by following his example: by being merciful, engaging each other with compassion, listening to each other intently, and when necessary asking God for the courage to speak truth to power. When we do, we join God’s mission of justice, healing, and restoration so that we may all have sabbath in Him.”

Br. Jim Woodrum points us to our God-given capacity for loving-kindness, which is of God’s essence, and ours.

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This is who we are! – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Jan 10, 2021

“More precious than my two passports, is my baptismal certificate, which states that I was baptized, actually on January 10th, at St Isan’s church, Llanishen, in Cardiff. My passports tell me who I am.  My baptismal certificate tells me WHOSE I am: ‘I am Christ’s own forever.’ For when we know whom we belong to, we know most profoundly who we are.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram reflects with joy on the identity and belonging we have received in baptism.

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Come, Pray: Lent 2021

Jan 6, 2021

The Prayer I Need This Day After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join us in the receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself. Across the weeks of Lent, listen in as…

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Praying with the Gospel of John

Jan 5, 2021

This eight-week retreat and course of study will provide an overview of the Gospel of John and introduce participants to its major themes. The Fourth Gospel is at the heart of the “Johannine spirituality” lived by the Brothers of the Society of St John the Evangelist. It is a spirituality of love and intimacy, of…

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Christmas Creche

Jan 1, 2021

Longing but unable to welcome you for worship ‘in person’, we invite you to ‘come gaze at the Word made flesh’ with us in a meditative walk round the Monastery Creche in this video link. Come gaze at the Word Made Flesh. Oh, come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. Oh, come ye, oh come…

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New life in Jesus’ Name – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Jan 1, 2021

“On this day we look back to the year that has passed. But above all, at the start of this new year, we look forward; forward to the challenges of these next twelve months.  Where will God invite me to share in the work of creation? Where will we have the opportunity to serve God in the work to which we have each been called – by name?”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram encourages us to lo ok forward as we listen for our name being called by God.

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The Good Fight Against Evil – Br. Jack Crowley

Dec 31, 2020

“What is just as true now as it was then? Certainly the evil ordered by Herod to slaughter babies is timeless. It is just as evil to us now as it was then. It was an evil fueled by fear, anger, and power. Three poisons with timeless potency.”

Br. Jack Crowley considers the relevance of the Church’s Feast commemorating the slaughter of the Holy Innocents.

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The Salvation of our God – Br. David Vryhof

Dec 27, 2020

“Did his coming make a difference?  Has the Savior actually saved us?  If the Messiah has come, and if he now reigns, why is there still such suffering and chaos in the world? We say we have a Savior, but it often appears that we still need one.”

Br. David Vryhof steps into the complicated “already, but not yet” of God’s promises, realized and also still to come in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

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