Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist
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We offer three Monastic Immersion Programs for men and women:

  • Internships (single, young adults, age 22-30)
  • Residents (single adults, age 30+)
  • Summer Seminarians’ Experience

Monastic Internship in Cambridge

Interns are single men and women, age 22-30, who desire a time of vocational discernment, spiritual reflection, or a period of sustained service that is slightly off the beaten path. Up to four Interns live in our monastery Guest House in Cambridge, join the brothers in their daily worship and assist with various aspects of the community’s ministry of hospitality. Interns also engage in robust theological and personal reflection guided by brothers and meet regularly with spiritual directors from the SSJE community. A personal interest in monastic vows is not a requirement of the program; rather, most interns are interested in how the unique perspectives and practices of monastic spirituality may apply to their lives “in the world.” If you feel you may have interest in discerning a monastic vocation with SSJE, we warmly invite you to visit the Becoming a Brother section of our site.

Internships are ordinarily from September through May at the Monastery. Participants are provided full room and board, health insurance (if needed) and a monthly allowance of $100 for incidental expenses. Internships are open to both young men and women.

The SSJE’s Monastic Internship Program is a member of the Episcopal Service Corps, a federation of young adult service programs across the United States. To learn about other Internship opportunities, visit the ESC website at: www.episcopalservicecorps.org.

Information on our program for 2018-19 will be posted by November 1, 2017.

  • At the Monastery in Cambridge: The Program runs early September  – late May.
  • At Grafton House: The Residency is open year-round, with the exception of August.

Inquiries are welcome at any time; please email: internsdirector@ssje.org.

We welcome you to read what past Interns shared that they gained from their experiences with SSJE.

A Full and Balanced Life, in Community

Interns are ordinarily expected to participate fully in the liturgical life of the Monastery. Regular attendance at services is presumed, and interns assist in liturgical roles as needed. The Daily Office (Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline) is sung in traditional monastic style; Interns have assigned places “in choir” near the Brothers and join them for music and other liturgical rehearsals.

Typical daily schedule at the Monastery:

6:00-6:30 Morning Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30 Quiet time for prayer, study
8:00-8:30 Eucharist (chapel)
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-12:30 Work periods, meetings, free time*
12:30-12:50 Midday Prayer (chapel)
12:50-2:00 Midday meal and cleanup
2:00-6:00 Work periods, meetings, free time*
6:00-6:30 Evening Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30 Evening meal and cleanup
7:30-8:30 Work periods, meetings, free time*
8:30-8:50 Compline (chapel)
* these blocks of time accommodate work periods, meetings with mentors, classes and gatherings with other Interns, study time, music rehearsals, free time, etc. Work periods are coordinated by the Interns Director and can involve a combination of hospitality work, household and foodservice assistance, gardening, and the SSJE’s ministry to young adults.

Mondays are Sabbath days for both Brothers and Interns. Two weeks may be taken for vacation or other purposes during the program, although all participants are required to be present for Holy Week and Easter.

Each Intern is assigned a single room in Monastery Guesthouse. Rooms are small, similar to the Brothers’ “cells”, and furnished with the basics (bed, linens, dresser, desk, chairs, sink, small closet). Since the Guesthouse is a place of silence and sanctuary for guests on retreat, Interns and Brothers living in the Guesthouse share the responsibility of maintaining quietness, especially when guests are in residence. Personal guests of Interns may be met in the Monastery’s public areas, but not invited into the upper levels of the Guesthouse. The Monastery’s location in Harvard Square provides ample nearby venues for socializing.

The Monastic Internship Program is under the direction of the Interns Director, who oversees Interns’ schedules and coordinates work and study with the Brothers and Monastery employees. Each Intern is assigned a mentor from among the Brothers; Interns meet regularly with their mentors to discuss their experience of life in community, their study, their prayer life and other issues that arise. Interns meet regularly as a group for guided theological reflection and to discuss common concerns. In addition to the weekly Sabbath day (Mondays), Interns have one day each month for retreat.


Residents:

We are currently re-crafting the Residents’ program at Emery House.  Information on our program will be posted by November 1, 2017.


Summer Seminarians’ Experience

 

The Society of St. John the Evangelist welcomes seminarians and theological students for a short term, summer residency. Both men and women are welcome to apply.

Summer Seminarians live in our monastery Guesthouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and join the Brothers for daily worship and meals, in addition to assisting the community’s extensive ministry of hospitality. A weekly Sabbath (Monday) is part of the structure of the week.

The summer residency is open to qualified seminarians between June 13 and July 23, 2017. A minimum four-week commitment is required; interested applicants may choose to apply for the entire six-week period. Preferred arrival dates are June 13 or June 27. A longer experience of immersion is available through our nine-month Monastic Internship program.

Summer Seminarians are required to have their own health insurance. Some assistance with travel expenses is available if needed.  Room and board are included.

Typical daily schedule for summer seminarians:
6:00-6:30         Morning Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30         Quiet time for prayer, study
7:45-8:15         Eucharist (chapel)
8:15-9:00         Breakfast
9:00-12:30       Work periods, meetings, free time*
12:30-12:50     Midday Prayer (chapel)
12:50-2:00       Midday meal and cleanup
2:00-6:00         Work periods, meetings, free time*
6:00-6:30         Evening Prayer (chapel)
6:30-7:30         Evening meal and cleanup
7:30-8:30         Work periods, meetings, free time*
8:30-8:50         Compline (chapel)
* Work periods are coordinated by the Interns Director and can involve a combination of hospitality work, household and foodservice assistance, gardening, and other activities.

For more information please contact: internsdirector@ssje.org

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