Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internship in Cambridge.

Each autumn, our community welcomes a small group of young men and women to live alongside our community as monastic interns for a period of nine months. They participate fully in our daily rhythm of prayer and worship and receive formation and guidance as they discern the shape of their Christian vocation. The gifts they bring – personal talents, diverse perspectives, burning questions, unique passions, and gifts of the Holy Spirit – enrich our life together immeasurably. Their hard work alongside us, day by day, also helps make our ministry possible.

If nine months of full and balanced life in a monastic community is an experience that you or someone you know would find worthwhile, we invite you to read more!


We offer three Monastic Immersion Programs for men and women:

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 our Catch the Life website.

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 apply to our internship program or 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.


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 12 and July 23, 2018. A minimum four-week commitment is required; interested applicants may choose to apply for the entire six-week period. 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

Emery House Residents:

We have offered a residency program at Emery House for several years.  During the 2017-18 academic year, we are experimenting with a residency experience specifically for graduate students, for a minimum of six weeks.

The focusing of one’s energies in graduate school can be deeply stimulating and satisfying; however the pressure and expectations are often intense, and the experience of life can become lopsided and quite lonely. The residency experience at Emery House offers space for graduate students to integrate their work in the academy, their spirituality, and their personal and professional aspirations in the company of other Residents and with the SSJE Brothers. Residents have the space to claim a rhythm of life that is meaningful and sustainable. Some Residents continue in their studying and writing while with us; other Residents may be taking a “sabbath rest” from their academic work.

Residents live on the Emery House property at Grafton House, an 18th-century dwelling.  Each resident has their own fully-furnished room. Residents share two bathrooms, a large, well-appointed kitchen, a dining room, a common room, and a chapel. Residents are responsible for cleaning and maintaining Grafton House.  Grafton House is situated on the far west side of our Emery House property, about a 10-minute walk to the main house and chapel.

Residents join the Brothers and other guests who are on retreat for the daily round of prayer and worship, and for the midday and evening meals. The Emery House schedule, most days, is:

7:30 a.m.   Morning Prayer
12 noon     Holy Eucharist, followed by lunch
6:00 p.m.   Evening Prayer, followed by supper
8:00 p.m.   Compline

The Brothers and Residents observe a Monday sabbath day, when no meals are served and when we do not share corporate prayer and worship. The practice of sabbath rest is an important part of the immersion in the monastic rhythm.  We also encourage the fostering of re-creative activities. Residents also have one personal day per week for appointments, and for their own interests and pursuits. This may be on or off-site. Once a month, Brothers and Residents share a retreat day focused on personal prayer, with a reduced liturgical schedule, no work, and no guests.

Residents need both the capacity for solitude and for living in community, personal adaptability, an enjoyment in offering hospitality, self-discipline, and a good sense of humor.  Residents balance self-directed endeavors alongside their participation in the Brothers’ daily and weekly monastic rhythm “to pray their lives,” as we say in the SSJE Rule of Life.  Silence is a key feature of monastic life.  Retreatants come to us for the safety and sustenance of silence.  Most of our meals are eaten in silence, accompanied by music.  Silence – both among the Brothers, the other guests, and among the Residents – figures into the rhythm of each day.

Friends of the Brothers subsidize the cost of the residency program. Room and board is provided at no charge.  Residents are responsible for their own health insurance, for their travel, and for their incidental expenses.  Residents support the Brothers in their ministry at Emery House with “hands on” work for about 15 hours weekly. The work ranges from outdoor projects on our 150 acres, to cleaning, to welcoming and hosting guests. Residents also wash dishes with the Brothers.

  • You may take an online photographic tour of Emery House here
  • You may read the SSJE Rule of Life
  • The C&J Coach provides transportation every hour between Boston’s South Station & Logan Airport and Newburyport, the station at a 5-minute drive or 30-minute walk from Emery House. C&J’s schedule is available at: https://www.ridecj.com/schedules/

We welcome your inquiry at: emeryhouse@ssje.org