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.

Standing and Raising Our Heads in Perilous Times – Br. David Vryhof

Dec 2, 2018

“If you find yourself overwhelmed today, if you are tempted to despair because of the circumstances of your life or the state of the world, lift up your eyes and fix them on God.  Trust in the goodness and mercy of God.  Stand up and look despair in the face and say, ‘I will not be afraid.’”

For all who feel overwhelmed by the state of the world, Br. David Vryhof offers a word of empowering hope.

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Family Saints – Br. Luke Ditewig

Nov 29, 2018

“Who are saints in your family of faith? Who washed your feet, showed you God’s love? Going back further, who formed them? Who are your spiritual ancestors?”

On the feast of the Saints of SSJE, Br. Luke Ditewig invites us to give thanks for our spiritual ancestors.

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Advent Preaching Series

Nov 27, 2018

Join us for an Advent preaching series on the first three Tuesdays during Advent (4, 11, 18 December), during the 5:30 PM Holy Eucharist.

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AdventWord Starting December 2

Nov 27, 2018

Our friends at Virginia Theological Seminary – who are now offering AdventWord – warmly invite you to participate in a global gathering of prayers via an online advent calendar.

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New Cowley Issue: Pilgrimage

Nov 26, 2018

We invite you to explore the Fall 2018 issue of Cowley Magazine, which takes up the topic of Pilgrimage.

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What is truth? – Br. James Koester

Nov 25, 2018

“In a post-truth world, where truth isn’t truth and where facts are in the eye of the beholder, we exist in an alternate reality where alternative facts shape life and death decisions.We live in a post-truth world, and that’s a problem.”

Br. James Koester delves into Pilate’s question – “What is truth?” – and finds the answer staring Pilate in the face: Truth is manifestation of Jesus; it’s a manifestation of love.

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Light of the World – Br. Curtis Almquist

Nov 20, 2018

“Take this image of the house on which Jesus calls – it’s your house, your soul – to ponder and pray on your welcome to Jesus. You know the architecture of your soul. You name the rooms, and you speak the welcome. Or, if you find you can’t bring yourself to welcome Jesus into some rooms, why is that?”

When he knocks at your door, do you tend to treat Jesus like a bill-collector, a plumber, a shopping assistant, or a formal guest? Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to open our whole house – our whole soul – to Jesus, who wants in on it all.

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The Apocalyptic Process of Birth – Br. Jim Woodrum

Nov 18, 2018

“We need to not be distracted by the death throes of the secular world or even the destruction of our temples of ego that we have constructed for self-admiration, but rather be engaged in the process of birthing new life set forth by Jesus with: confidence, hope, provocation, sanctification, and a sense of urgency. ”

Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us to persevere through the birth pangs of transformation, longing toward the fulfillment Jesus promises in the restoration to come.

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A Servant Found at Work – Br. Sean Glenn

Nov 17, 2018

“If you’re anything like me, you may be inclined to heckle Jesus over the parable he tells us today. These words of Jesus do not always come to me as ‘good news.’ They may even bring up dread, anger, and even incredulity. And so I heckled Jesus this week.”

Br. Sean Glenn confronts one of Jesus’ challenging parables and finds in the example of Hugh of Lincoln the redemptive model of a servant working in love for the Kingdom of God.

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Think of Us as Servants of Christ – Br. David Vryhof

Nov 13, 2018

“When we love we want to serve. We long to be given some task that will contribute to the good purposes of the one we love. A mother longs to serve her children – out of love. A husband longs to please his wife – out of love. We willingly set aside our own desires and preferences, we lay down our lives, for the sake of those whom we love.”

Br. David Vryhof discovers in love the difference between servitude and service. What an honor and privilege it is to be a servant of Christ!

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