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.

Profession in Initial Vows

Jun 26, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Brother Lucas Hall SSJE made his Initial Profession in our community on Saturday, 22 June.

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Grow Well – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 26, 2019

“How do you want to end up? At the end of today? At the end of your life? This requires intention. We have in God both partnership and provision for the cultivation of our soul. God’s invitation is to collaborate – to co-labor – with God in the cultivation of our soul: in our growing whole, free, and real.”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to set an intention to help cultivate the fruits of the Spirit that will make us whole, free, and real.

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The Divine Silence – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Jun 25, 2019

“It felt like being born again. It felt like being utterly annihilated only to rise again as something new, simultaneously terrifying and beautiful. It was as if God, getting inpatient and tiring of being subtle, grabbed me by the ankles, held me upside down, and shook violently until… well, I’m still not sure, but let’s just say that a lot of spiritual and psychological loose change fell from my pockets.”

Drawing on a rich past experience, Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to encounter silence not as barren, but instead as a luminous emptiness, pregnant with the fruit of God’s Word.

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Healing Gifts – Br. Luke Ditewig

Jun 23, 2019

“Rising global tensions and almost striking Iran. Mass deportations planned. Tragic accidents. Migrants fleeing. Children held by our government in despicable conditions. Political clashes, lies, illness and personal loss. With a week like this, with a life like this, remember Elijah.”

In the midst of great turmoil, Br. Luke Ditewig extols the power of silence and other healing gifts that we can receive from God and share with one another.

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I Will Be With You – Br. James Koester

Jun 22, 2019

“Lucas, like Moses and Alban, you have heard the voice of God speaking your name, and as Father Benson reminds us, that is a most blessed thing. It is a most blessed thing to hear the voice of God speaking deep within a heart that it eternally aflame with love, aflame with the love of God, aflame with the love of all whom God has made.”

The Community celebrates the Profession in Initial Vows of Br. Lucas Hall.

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Treasure Life – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 21, 2019

“Oblation might be too archaic a word for you to use. If so, find another word, another phrase that allows you to live life abundantly on earth, and on speaking terms with life in heaven. The phrase I’ve latched onto is “living my life with nothing to lose.” You cannot lose what you have already given up. Live your life with nothing to lose.”

Br. Curtis Almquist encourages us to find the language, the prayer and practice, that enable us to treasure the fullness of life: life for now and life to come.

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Called to Restore – Br. Keith Nelson

Jun 19, 2019

“Just as we are called to celebrate God’s work of creation, and the work of salvation accomplished in and through Christ, we are called to celebrate the slow and often undramatic work by which God is restoring all things.”

Br. Keith Nelson invites us to follow, in our own moment and our way, the brave and inspired example of Marian Rebecca Hughes – the first person to take up the vocation of vowed religious life in the Church of England since the dissolution of the monasteries at the Reformation – by restoring the best of the past to meet the needs of the present moment.

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Cast Aside Your Fear – Br. Jim Woodrum

Jun 18, 2019

“Like Bernard, Jesus is also calling us to bear witness to the healing power of Christ. We must resolve to cast fear aside and follow him towards connection and relationship, towards the abundance that God wants for us, which is an abundance that transcends the life of the physical and finite, and become one with Him whose bounds know no end.”

Br. Jim Woodrum celebrates the witness of Bernard Mizeki.

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Thyself Unmoved, All Motion’s Source – Br. James Koester

Jun 16, 2019

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSProverbs 8: 14, 22 – 31Psalm 8Romans 5: 1 – 5John 16: 12 – 15  One of the great lines from Father Benson, which is among my favourites, is something he said about the Holy Trinity. Writing to Father Rivington in 1875, he says:  I quite…

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The Gift of Pentecost – Br. James Koester

Jun 9, 2019

“Pentecost is important, not because of what it did once, for a group of people long ago, in a land far way, but what it means for us, here, today. We are not here as antiquarians, to freeze frame the gifts of the Holy Spirit, but to discover how those gifts are continuing to be manifested in us today.”

Preaching at the Order of the Holy Cross on the Feast of Pentecost, Br. James Koester celebrates how monastic communities – like all communities and practices of faith – are not vestiges of the past, but living revelations of God, who is ever present and ever new.

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