Please pray for

Keith Robert Nelson SSJE

Who will be ordained priest by

Alan Gates, Bishop of Massachusetts


Tuesday, 19 December, 

At 5:30 in the afternoon in the Monastery Chapel.

He will preside at the Holy Eucharist for the first time on

Thursday, 21 December,

Feast of St. Thomas,

At 12:30 in the afternoon in the Monastery Chapel.


Please join us in person and online and share your comments below.

Recording from the Chapel


  1. Emily Marso Snyder on January 3, 2024 at 10:31

    Congratulations, Keith! I am so thrilled to see you continuing your journey from the young and joyful teacher I once knew towards increasingly meaningful and impactful work in your community and beyond. Wishing you continued fulfillment and challenge in your new ministry!

  2. Josh Bartok on December 11, 2023 at 08:41

    Congratulations, Keith! The world will be so lucky to have you serving in this capacity. Truly a gift to all beings.

  3. Sam Aldred on December 7, 2023 at 04:47

    Congratulations, Br Keith! I remember you very fondly from my time at SSJE. I’ll try to watch the service.

    You shall be a great blessing to God’s church.

  4. Kerry Maloney on December 6, 2023 at 19:22

    I am thrilled for you, the SSJE community, and the church universal, Brother Keith! I will hold you close in my prayers from now until the day of your ordination, which I hope to attend. I am overflowing with joy at this Good News, which you embody and radiate! Every blessing in the time to come.

  5. Polly Chatfield on December 6, 2023 at 10:02

    Dear Keith,

    It’s been a long journey and you have been being pruned in hard ways. May it all now bear much fruit in your life and ministry! With every blessing,

  6. Karen Bird on December 6, 2023 at 09:50

    I am so delighted for you and for SSJE! I am planning to come on Tuesday and am looking forward to it! Many blessings

  7. Christine Choi on December 5, 2023 at 18:10

    Dearest Keith, I’m so incredibly proud of you. Thank you for all that you are and do. 🤍

  8. Rev. Cathlena Plummer on December 5, 2023 at 17:17

    Congratulations Brother Keith! From the days going forward I will keep you in my prayers and pray for a smooth transition as you continue your journey into your “Calling” I am honored to know you and look forward to what your ministry brings. My heartfelt congratulations!

  9. Beth Rosenquist on December 5, 2023 at 14:31

    Dear Brother Keith, many prayers channeled your way during this significant milestone! May your hard work and hard-won insight help the Brothers’ community to flourish as you embark on the ministry of priesthood. What you are doing is so important. Grace & peace in Christ!

  10. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas on December 5, 2023 at 13:56

    This announcement makes my heart sing! May this new form of ministry be a blessing to you, Br. Keith, as I know it will be to the wider Church. I dearly wish I could join you in person, but I give thanks that I can bear witness online. My prayers are — and will continue to be — with you! God is doing great things in your life.

  11. Duncan H on December 5, 2023 at 13:56

    Very excited you for you and the church Keith!

  12. Sandra Ahn on December 3, 2023 at 04:28

    Dear Br. Keith, Congratulations. Your many hours of study, prayer and discernment, are truly a gift to the entire community, to those who support SSJE and the many lives that are touched beyond the walls of SSJE.

    Peace be with you as my prayers for you and for all of the brothers continue.

  13. Paula Pryce on December 1, 2023 at 15:48

    Blessings, dear Br. Keith, on your ordination — the advent of a new way for you to love and serve. In gratitude for your faithfulness and wisdom.

  14. Carole B. Belgrade on December 1, 2023 at 15:45

    My prayers and best wishes

  15. Karen on December 1, 2023 at 15:45

    A gift!

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