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.

Upcoming: Initial Profession

Sep 9, 2020

We invite your prayers for our Brother, Sean Robert Glenn, who will make his Initial Profession of Vows in the Society of Saint John the Evangelist on Saturday, 19 September at 11:00 A.M. Join us online for the live-streamed service!

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A Sermon in Stone – Br. Sean Glenn

Sep 8, 2020

“ With a heart firmly fixed on God’s love, Mary cooperates with God’s call—a call for which she does not presume to ask and from which she does not shrink back in a spirit of unworthiness. She does not allow the weight of her finitude to keep her from trusting God’s power to call, to justify, and to glorify. She trusts that the lightness of her finitude will not be crushed by the weight of the infinity that lovingly presses upon her.”

Br. Sean Glenn unpacks the beautiful ‘sermon in stone’ of the Monastery’s statue of Mary with Jesus, to find a lesson in grace for us all.

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Our Vocation to be Bilingual and Ambidextrous – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 6, 2020

“I don’t know of an easy formula for how to live life with this dual citizenship, with dual residences: on earth and in heaven. But I do think it essential that we be on speaking terms with both places where we belong: earth and heaven. One way to negotiate the divide between earth and heaven is to cultivate practices of life which, we imagine, will wear well in eternity.”

Br. Curtis Almquist offers suggestions on how we can navigate that dual citizenship that is our calling as Christians.

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Hope Can Save the World – Br. James Koester

Sep 5, 2020

“Today, the world needs hope. Clinging closely to Jesus, you and I can be people of hope, and when we are, like Paul, we can change the world.”

In a world so lost, Br. James Koester urges us to cling to hope, that gift which changes lives.

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Evening Prayer Resumes

Sep 2, 2020

We are delighted to resume streaming our office of Evening Prayer, offered live on our Facebook page. Join us online Tuesday – Saturday at 6pm (EDT) and Sunday at 4pm (EDT).

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Truth Himself Speaks Truly or There’s Nothing True – Br. James Koester

Aug 21, 2020

https://www.ssje.org/4.audio/2020/082120_jk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Wisdom 3: 1 – 5, 9; Romans 8: 14 – 19, 34 – 35, 37 – 39; John 6: 37 – 40  One of my first experiences as a member of the Society was the death and funeral of a Brother. Even though, as a…

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Br. David Allen: Funeral Arrangements

Aug 19, 2020

The Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist invite you to join as we celebrate the life and death of our Brother David Allen, SSJE. Office of the Dead, the service of Evensong prayed for and in the presence of the departed, will be on Thursday, 20 August at 6:00 PM. The Eucharist of the Resurrection will be…

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Running and pausing with Jesus – Br. Todd Blackham

Jul 30, 2020

“It’s a lot to try to keep in balance and when things seem to go sideways all the effort seems for naught. When we look around and wonder, is it making any difference?  Am I running blind?  Am I running in place?  Are you running with me Jesus?”

Achingly honest questions from Br. Todd Blackham, with an encouraging promise: Jesus leads us on.

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Shaped by Loving Hands – Br. David Vryhof

Jul 30, 2020

“God’s right extends not only to us as individuals, but to communities and even nations.  God has in mind what he wants us to be and to become, and like the potter, God exerts pressure through the circumstances of our lives, to shape and mold us into the vessels he has envisioned.”

Br. David Vryhof invites us to discern how God is shaping us, individually and concretely.

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God is not in lockdown – Br. Geoffrey Tristram 

Jul 24, 2020

“During this time, when many of us are confined, maybe bored, and are missing church, perhaps today’s Gospel is challenging us to ask, So where are the signs of God’s Kingdom, right here in my home, in my kitchen? Where is the Spirit at work, here, now, in the midst of dull routine? Where is God in the ordinary, in the person we are so familiar with, whom we perhaps tend to overlook or ignore, in activities that we are bored with, and take for granted. But these might be the very people and places where God’s treasure is waiting to be discovered, waiting to transform our lives.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram urges us not to miss the treasure of God’s Kingdom – God’s presence – in our midst.

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