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.

Looking Ahead: Chapel Closure

Jul 16, 2018

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.

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The Cost of Telling the Truth – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 15, 2018

“How dare we call ourselves Christians when we ignore the needs of the poor or look away while the ‘outsiders’ among us are ridiculed and marginalized?  How can we hold this name when we seek to promote our own welfare above all others, when we push to the front of the line, forcing others to conform to our will? How can we bear the name of Christ and ignore both his teaching and his example?”

Br. David Vryhof issues a sobering and bold call to speak the truth and live Christ’s message of love, especially in our nation’s current culture of lies.

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Be a Miracle Worker! – Jonathan Maury

Jul 13, 2018

“’Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.’ In taking up this mission with Jesus, the twelve are called to radical dependence on the provision of God. And so are you and I.”

Br. Jonathan Maury reflects on how we can be and become the miracle workers Jesus describes when he calls his disciples to the work of the Kingdom.

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Schedule Change: 10-11 July

Jul 10, 2018

Please note, the next retreat day for the Community will be on Wednesday, 11 July. On our retreat days the liturgical schedule is abbreviated.

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Farewell to Our Summer Seminarians

Jul 9, 2018

We were pleased to hear each of our summer seminarians preach in the Chapel over the last weeks. We invite you to check out the wonderful sermons they shared with us.

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Grace Is Insidious – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jul 8, 2018

“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. If you look back on your own life, you’ll get in touch with miracle. And you are the miracle.”

Br. Curtis Almquist marvels over the insidious, irresistible grace of God, which has brought us through the past and will sustain us in the future.

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Mystery Stories – Br. David Allen

Jul 7, 2018

“The relationship of Jesus with his Father is the one true mystery.  The relationship of Jesus and his disciples is another.  The feast we keep today, Mary the God Bearer, is an important part of that Mystery.”

Br. David Allen invites us to consider the mysteries of our faith.

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Leftover Pizza and Dirty Towels – Br. Keith Nelson

Jul 6, 2018

“On a Thursday night at 9pm – when your heart feels as empty as your refrigerator – Jesus pulls a chair up to the dinner table and helps himself to a piece of your leftover pizza. Jesus doesn’t care that you didn’t cook, that you didn’t even know he was planning a visit, or that you don’t have any clean towels. ‘Shhh. I’ll meet you where you are,’ he whispers. ”

Br. Keith Nelson shares his own experience of how Jesus saves: one ordinary (miraculous) moment of meeting at a time.

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Sword of Love – Br. Lucas Hall

Jul 4, 2018

“In a world enslaved and sickened by cruelty, love is a sword.”

Br. Lucas Hall considers the truth of Christ’s promise to bring not peace, but a sword.

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Many Years!

Jul 3, 2018

Congratulations to our Brother David Allen, who celebrated the fifty-seventh anniversary of his profession in our Society on Sunday, July 1. 

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