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.

Peace Which the World Cannot Give – Br. Keith Nelson

May 21, 2019

“Following Jesus opens us to receive his Peace in the midst of our flaws, not in spite of them. We hold the treasure of Christ’s Peace in clay jars, as grateful sinners.”

Br. Keith Nelson shares the peace of Jesus, the defining gift of Jesus’s now-and-future reign.

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It’s Glory O’clock – Br. James Koester

May 19, 2019

“When Jesus says ‘now’, what he means is that ‘now’ is the time for glory, in one great, sweeping, timeless, cosmic moment, as Cross, Tomb, Resurrection, Ascension and the Coming of the Spirit pour out upon, and from Christ, making all things new, as heaven and earth are remade, and the new Jerusalem appears, coming down out of heaven, into our very midst.”

Br. James Koester wonders how differently we might live if we were conscious that the glory of God not merely shines upon us, but psalters from within us.

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Ask Away in Jesus’ Name – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 18, 2019

“Jesus will give us whatever we ask in his name. We must know Jesus to invoke his name. We must know the mind of Jesus, the heart of Jesus, the words of Jesus to speak in his name. The purpose, the goal, the reason in invoking Jesus’ name is for one reason, one reason only: it’s for the sake of love.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to pray our hearts out, on behalf of one another, in Jesus’ name.

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Comical Hints & Amazing Options – Lina Palmer

May 15, 2019

“This time, God approached me, and whispered, ‘Hey, monastery.’ And I said, ‘Haha, I’m sorry… one more time?’”

Monastic Intern Lina Palmer shares her story of learning to listen for God’s guidance.

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Guest Preacher

May 13, 2019

Please join us in welcoming Bishop Griswold to the Monastery on Tuesday, 14 May at the 5:30 PM Eucharist.

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Recognizing Love – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

May 12, 2019

“God’s Truth is not so much hidden or difficult to attain, but merely forgotten. It’s always been true in a way that surpasses our understanding, and all we need do is remember.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to rest in that place of heart-knowing just beyond rational proof, where we know God’s Truth.

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A Personality of Love – Br. Sean Glenn

May 9, 2019

“What is the nature of God? Is Christ human? Divine? Somehow both? Does it matter? Though these concerns may seem fussy to us, Gregory’s work reminds us that these early disputes are important for how we know and speak about God. Why do we think about God in this way?”

On the feast of Saint Gregory of Nazianzus, Br. Sean Glenn peers into the mystery of God as Trinity.

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Intern Reunion

May 8, 2019

This past weekend we had the pleasure of hosting nearly of our Interns and Residents, dating back six years.

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May 8, 2019

Br. Luke Ditewig joined representatives of other religious orders and Christian communities in Racine, WI for the annual meeting of CAROA/NAECC.

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The Hour is Now – Betsy Noecker

May 8, 2019

“The time is already here. God’s kingdom isn’t waiting in the wings, and my anxious hope that God will eventually arrive to sort things out for me is just another earthly dream. The hour is now here, redemption and freedom and peace are at hand.”

Monastic Intern Betsy Noecker uncovers a simple path forward for all of us awaiting Jesus’ return in the chaotic uncertainty of our world.

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