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.

Monastic Wisdom: Humility

Apr 2, 2019

Check out the latest “Monastic Wisdom Monthly” to explore the topic of humility through Br. David’s reflection, suggested practices, reflection questions, and further resources.

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Being Found – Br. Luke Ditewig

Mar 31, 2019

“Many of us have troubles with calling God our “Father.” What may be helpful or hopeful for you in this portrait from Jesus? How does this story help you see God? ”

By digging into the resonances of its Middle Eastern cultural context, Br. Luke Ditewig uncovers the deep meaning of the story of the Prodigal Son.

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“Take Stock of the Journey”

Mar 29, 2019

We are honored to learn that Br. Geoffrey Tristram’s recent Monastic Wisdom reflection on pilgrimage was useful to Archbishop Fred Hiltz in framing his final address to the Council of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada earlier this month. Have you read Br. Geoffrey’s reflection yet? We hope its insights might be useful to you as you continue along your Lenten pilgrimage.

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Hearing and Returning – Br. Sean Glenn

Mar 29, 2019

“We live in a particularly noisy world. We seem today to confront a kind of cacophony that is unique and acute. Even in the silences of our homes, the noise of the world calls to us from printed page and digital screen, hungry for our attention. All the more difficult it can be to hear the voice of God in our lives.”

Br. Sean Glenn considers how hearing is the obedience that empowers us to respond in love.

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The Choice is Yours – Br. David Vryhof

Mar 26, 2019

“I suspect we would all like to think that if God were to call us to some special task we would respond as Mary did, saying, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord…” But we know that we are also capable of turning away, of delaying our answer, of looking for a way out. Sometimes, if the truth be told, the call is, well, daunting, and we just don’t see how we can do it.”

Br. David Vryhof encourages us to embrace the call of God as Mary did, with a “yes,” and with an awareness that God not only calls us, but empowers us.

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“For Our Sake”: Holy Week at the Monastery

Mar 26, 2019

Our Holy Week schedule is now available. We invite you to join us as often as you can.

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Lost and Found– Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 23, 2019

“Sheep may know they are lost, but they are certainly not repentant. Lost coins are completely clueless. And yet, when either is found, there is rejoicing.”

Br. Curtis Almquist finds lessons in reconciliation in Jesus’ parables.

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The One Cup of God – Br. Keith Nelson

Mar 20, 2019

“Each time we receive God into ourselves from this cup, we say yes– we say yes to the one who sensitizes our conscience, the one who sharpens our spiritual senses, and the one who turns up the light – and the heat – in our soul.”

Br. Keith Nelson considers what happens when we sip from the cup of Truth.

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A Love that Reckons us Righteous – Br. Sean Glenn

Mar 17, 2019

“In the face of all that confronts us as lost, dead, barren, or forsaken—in the world outside and in the universe within our hearts—God bids us change our perspective.”

Br. Sean Glenn looks to Abram for evidence of how God invites us to hold the impossible in our hearts and know it is drenched in God’s purpose and love.

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Our Enemies, Our Invitations – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 16, 2019

“My enemies are God’s children, with a place in God’s heart. And Jesus says bless, don’t curse them. Pray God’s blessing to be upon them.”

Br. Curtis Almquist unfolds Jesus’ teaching about loving our enemies.

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