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.

A Temple Built for All – Br. Sean Glenn

Feb 2, 2019

“Where is Jesus’ presence in your life shining new light? Where is his touch completing the temple of your life?”

Br. Sean Glenn invites us to see the part we play in the completion of the Temple as bearers of the divine image.

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Andrei Rublev, Opening the Eyes of Our Hearts – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 29, 2019

“We don’t pray to icons. We pray in their presence. Rather than always closing our eyes and folding our hands in prayer, we lift up the eyes of our hearts in the presence of an icon. Icons feed the imagination in a very good way.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us into prayer with an icon of the Holy Trinity.

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How is Jesus Made Manifest Today? – Br. Jim Woodrum

Jan 20, 2019

“The reason we revisit these great stories each year and why the season of Epiphany is so important to the life of the church is because they tap into our own desire to know and be in relationship with God and how he is manifest in our lives in the here and now.”

Br. Jim Woodrum reflects on the meaning of the season of Epiphany and how Jesus is made manifest to us in the Sacraments and in our lives.

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Jesus’ Judgment of Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 19, 2019

“We are unwell. There’s something about our own life that is significantly damaged, broken, unmanageable, scarred, fearful, or traumatized that needs healing. We’ll need the healing care of Jesus, the physician, for the rest of our life. Our need is that great.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to cast our lives into the hands of our Great Physician.

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Jesus’ Presence, Peace, Provision, and Power – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 13, 2019

“Don’t wait for a big plan. Start with a small practice, and the ripples of grace will have a power that can do infinitely more than you can ask or imagine.”

Br. Curtis Almquist reflects on how we can put into practice Jesus’ instruction to “Love your enemies” and our Baptismal promise to “respect the dignity of every human being.”

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And the Twelve Told Him All – Br. James Koester

Jan 8, 2019

“She turned to God, and told God all that was on her heart. As she spoke, she started to weep, as she said in a hushed voice, that was the first time she had told God anything really important.”

Br. James Koester shares a memory that enriches his reading of Mark’s Gospel as he highlight one of its unremarkable lines, which nevertheless has much to teach us.

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Dr. Patrick Hornbeck Visits

Jan 6, 2019

Dr. Patrick Hornbeck was with the SSJE Brothers at the Monastery January 3-5 to discuss “The Question of Religious Freedom in America.”

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Epiphany Traditions

Jan 6, 2019

There are a number of traditions associated with the Feast of the Epiphany.

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The Revelatory Experience of Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 6, 2019

“When did things begin to change? When did it happen that Jesus’ message and mission – not just to Jews but to the whole world – begin to enlarge? With the magi. With the visitation of the wizards at Bethlehem. Jesus, of course, was an infant. Mary and Joseph took it all in. Something very significant happened in their encounter with the magi from foreign lands, and they were forever changed.”

On the Feast of the Epiphany, Br. Curtis Almquist looks to the Magi and marvels at God’s ongoing revelation.

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Missionary Season – Br. David Allen

Jan 5, 2019

“Does this story of Nathanael inspire you to use prayer and meditation as a way to know Jesus?”

As we move from the season of Christmas to Ordinary Time, also known as “Missionary Season,” Br. David Allen finds many expressions of mission in following Jesus.

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