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.

Evening Prayer in Lent

Mar 14, 2019

Evening Prayer has been described as one of the glories of Anglicanism. Why not make attending Saturday Evening Prayer one of the ways in which you prepare for Easter?

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Ask, Search, Knock… and Wait – Br. Keith Nelson

Mar 14, 2019

“What if I ask, and my request is denied – or even worse, met with a deafening silence? What if I search and I come up empty-handed, exhausted and looking like an idiot for investing myself in such a lost cause? What if I knock until my knuckles bleed and the door doesn’t budge? Then where will I be?”

Br. Keith Nelson considers the vulnerability of prayer and concludes that God always responds to prayer.

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Upcoming Workshop

Mar 13, 2019

If you are a life-long Episcopalian or a newcomer to the Anglican tradition, this workshop is for you!
Praying our Common Life: Prayer Book Spirituality and Practice
Saturday, 23 March 2019

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Thursdays in Lent: Silent Prayer

Mar 13, 2019

On Thursdays during Lent, the Brothers will be gathering in the Chapel from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM for a period of silent prayer. All are welcome to join us.

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Our Invitation into Jesus’ Prayer – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 12, 2019

“The Lord’s Prayer is so familiar, probably to most of us, perhaps too familiar to some of us for us to be mindful of its profundity. These are Jesus’ words, words which completely embrace us as if we, with Jesus, all belong to the same Father, the same Papa. You might inspiration for some meaningful meditation for Lent.”

Br. Curtis Almquist reflects on Jesus’ prayer and finds in it meaningful inspiration for our Lenten prayer.

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Praying the Rosary

Mar 10, 2019

On Sundays during Lent, some Brothers will be praying the rosary in the Lady Chapel, beginning at 3:00 PM and concluding in time for Evening Prayer.

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The Lenten Discipline of Temptation – Br. Jim Woodrum

Mar 10, 2019

“I am the guy who gives up craft beer for Lent and by week two I have succumbed to the desert heat and am quenching my thirst with a cold, refreshing IPA straight from the devil’s hand! In my frustration and disappointment with myself, I try to make myself feel better by thinking of something I can give up the next year where I might actually have success, like perhaps, asparagus. Nothing banishes temptation quite like asparagus.”

Br. Jim Woodrum considers Lenten disciplines and discovers – with some help from the Desert Fathers – how temptation can actually be a tool to help us to better know ourselves and draw near to God.

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Abundance and Delight – Br. Lucas Hall

Mar 5, 2019

“What we glean from the witness of Scripture and the Church is that repentance is no counterpoint to joy. They are not distant ends of a long spectrum. What we might begin to see is that, in repentance, we have our joy.”

On Shrove Tuesday, Br. Lucas Hall invites us to abundance and delight as we prepare to enter Lent in a spirit of recognition for the holiness of God and the bounty God offers us.

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Faith Formation for Lent

Mar 4, 2019

This year, for Lent, we have four different web-based formation programs available for you to explore. We hope you’ll join us for one of these series this year!

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I Coloured It! – Br. James Koester

Mar 3, 2019

“The transfiguration isn’t just some story about who Jesus is, it’s also a story about who we are as God’s beloved. It is a story about the ways in which God reveals OUR glory for all the world to see. It is a story about us and our relationship to the Father. It is a story about where we have come from, and where we are going.”

Br. James Koester marvels at the amazing truth (if not the historical factuality) of the stories of Scripture.

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