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.

Saturday Evening Prayer

Dec 14, 2017

Why not make attending Saturday Evening Prayer one of the ways in which you prepare for Christmas?

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Like Lambs – Br. Luke Ditewig

Dec 12, 2017

“Jesus loves you. More than believing or knowing this wild, passionate truth, Jesus invites us to feel and live it.”

As we prepare for Christ coming as a child at Christmas, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to try out several prayer practices that can help us embrace our role as beloved children, as little ones whom God seeks and delights to find, to hold, to love.

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Peace, Comfort, Hope – Br. James Koester

Dec 10, 2017

“For many, Christmas is about a cute, pudgy, sweet smelling baby, nestled in a bed of clean straw, in a romantically quaint, clean, rustic looking barn, amidst softly falling snow. They don’t want a saviour, because that would suggest that we need saving.”

Br. James Koester recalls the true meaning of Christmas, which is the fulfillment of God’s promise of comfort, peace, and hope, to a world enslaved by fear.

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Advent Observances at the Monastery: Advent Wreath

Dec 7, 2017

The Advent Wreath, which by its nature is circular in form, reminds us that God’s love is endless, having no beginning or end.

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Saturday Workshop: Disordered Attachments

Dec 7, 2017

Register Now: On Saturday, 9 December from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM, Brother David Vryhof SSJE will be leading a workshop Disordered Attachments and Inner Freedom.

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Finding Hope in Despair – Br. David Vryhof

Dec 5, 2017

“We groan in anticipation for the day when justice and truth will prevail, when those who have been held down and stepped upon will be raised up, when the powerful and the mighty who have served their own interests will be cast down.”

At a moment when we have more cause for despair than ever before, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to listen for the voices of hope, and to believe in the dream of God.

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Advent Observances at the Monastery: Blue Vestments

Dec 4, 2017

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical new year and as way to mark this season of expectation and hope, we wear blue vestments at the Monastery.

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Keep Awake – Br. Lucas Hall

Dec 3, 2017

“It is night. I am tired. I am sorry, unimpressive, and wholly inadequate. I fall. I fade. I give all my strength, but still, I make for a very poor watchman.”

In this season of waiting, Br. Lucas Hall exposes our human weakness and frailty, only to reveal the incredible promise of God’s strength.

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Why Wait? – Br. Jim Woodrum

Dec 2, 2017

“We need time to recollect, remember, and prepare room in our hearts for the Christ child who comes to us at Christmas, because Jesus changes everything!”

Even as our culture races toward Christmas, Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to embrace the waiting time of Advent.

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A Living Lineage – Br. Keith Nelson

Nov 28, 2017

“With my eyes closed, I could almost see and hear those first courageous men whose hearts were set on fire and whose lives were offered to the glory of God.”

On the Feast of the Saints of SSJE, Br. Keith Nelson celebrates the powerful witness and companionship we have in all our forbears in the faith, as they invite us to consider not what we have done for God, but what God has done for us.

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