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.

The Gift of Joy – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 9, 2005

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your…

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All Souls Day – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 2, 2005

Psalm 130 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 My first experience of the faithful departed was not a positive one. I was a young child, and it dawned on me that “they” could see me. Everyone in heaven could see me. It was like when I looked down into my terrarium. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work.…

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Mary Our Companion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 22, 2005

It is our custom here at the monastery on most Saturdays to remember the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our chapel is dedicated to Mary and, as guests will know, we begin Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer every day with the recitation of the “Angelus,” (as in “angels”). Support SSJE Please…

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On Being Known by God – Br. David Vryhof

Oct 10, 2005

Psalm 139:1-14 The spiritual journey is a journey towards God. It is a journey in which we discover that we are beloved children of God and in which we learn to live our lives grounded in that reality. The Scriptures are given to instruct and guide us along this path. Support SSJE Please support the…

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Reflections After a Hurricane – Br. Mark Brown

Oct 2, 2005

Matthew 21:33-43 “Therefore, I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.” Words that have an ominous resonance for us these days in this country. Will our “most favored nation” status be taken from us and given to another?…

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Raging Waters – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 20, 2005

Psalm 124 For several years prior to my coming to the monastery I was a parish priest. Along with a good many other pastors in the area, I took a monthly rotation as a night chaplain in the local community hospital. During these night shifts, we chaplains would spend most of our time on-call in…

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God's Righteous Judgment – Br. David Allen

Sep 12, 2005

Romans 2:1-11 / Ps. 62:1-9 / Lk, 11:42-46 When I was in the Navy, during and just after the Korean War, one of the places our Destroyer visited was Hong Kong.  We went there once a year for a long weekend of R & R.  On my first visit to Hong Kong the squadron Chaplain…

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How Often Should I Forgive? – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Sep 11, 2005

Ecclesiasticus 27: 30-28: 7 Psalm 103” 8-13 Romans 14: 5-12 Matthew 18: 21-35 In his recent excellent treatise on contemplative prayer, BECOMING CHIRST, Brian C. Taylor gives this description of redemptive living Jesus frequently referred to as the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The brothers…

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St. Gregory the Great – Br. David Allen

Sep 3, 2005

Mk 10:43b Gregory the Great was one of two Popes to be called “The Great”. This title was bestowed on him after his death in 604, honoring his many accomplishments. The other one was Pope Leo the Great. Gregory was the first monk to become a pope. Support SSJE Please support the Brothers work. The…

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Our Life-Long Conversion – Br. Curtis Almquist

Aug 15, 2005

Matthew 15:21-28 I’d like to ask you a question about summer fare. It’s a question about lobsters, something very familiar (and delightful!) to many of us here on the eastern seaboard. How can a lobster weighing one pound grow into a lobster weighing three pounds, even ten pounds when the lobster has such a hard…

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