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Hospitality is about offering our hearts. It is being present to another. It does not need a table, food, or particular place. It is taking time and giving intention. Hospitality can be spontaneous and anywhere, on the street, in a store, and on Zoom. We Brothers are delighted to be able to offer, once again, the unique hospitality of in-person presence in our Monastery in Cambridge with Program Retreats in addition other online programs to nurture and sustain faith. Please take a look through each of our programs below and watch for further offerings.

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In-Person Program Retreats

Introduction to Silent Retreat

At the Monastery, Cambridge
October 7-9: Friday evening through Sunday afternoon

Cost: $310

Led by Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

‘Life can be so busy and rushed that we lose touch with those deep sources of vitality and replenishment through which God longs to refresh and delight us.  This weekend will be an opportunity to slow down and be still, to listen to the voice of Jesus, and deepen our connection with the God who knows and loves us.‘  This is ideal for those who have never been on silent retreat before.

Registration will begin on September 1.

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Restoring Grace: A retreat for clergy ordained in the pandemic

At the Monastery, Cambridge
October 11-14: Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning

Cost: $465

Led by Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

Come away to be refreshed with Jesus in the monastery with its rhythms of prayer, silence, and nourishing food as well out in autumnal beauty. Pray sitting under large sycamore trees; walking in Mount Auburn, the nation’s first garden cemetery; and kayaking on the Charles River. Br. Luke will facilitate group sessions inside and guide optional afternoons of embodied prayer walking in the cemetery and kayaking on the Charles, weather permitting. Kayaking for up to 90 minutes is $30 with separate registration and payment through Paddle Boston. The final group session is Thursday evening. Depart anytime Friday by 10am.

Registration will begin on September 1.

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Living with Grief: Weeping May Spend the Night, but Joy Comes in the Morning

At the Monastery, Cambridge
Nov. 10-13: Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon

Cost: $465

Led by Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Life comes with losses – lost loves, lost abilities, lost dreams, and sometimes lost hope. In this weekend retreat we will seek to take Jesus at his word: his paradoxical promise of joy emerging from the pain of loss.

Registration will begin on September 1.

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Advent Retreat

At the Monastery, Cambridge
December 16-18: Friday Evening through Sunday Afternoon

Cost: $310

Led by Jack Crowley, SSJE

The Advent season is marked by weeks of patient waiting. In this Advent retreat, we will explore what it means to practice patience during a time which many people experience as being stressful..

Registration will begin on September 1.

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Singing our Lives in Christ

At the Monastery, Cambridge
January 12-15 2023

Cost: $465

Led by Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to sing with a monastic choir? Have you ever wondered how to weave together singing and praying? Perhaps you regularly sing in your parish choir, but have wondered what it might be light to delve into monastic chant. Join us for three days of retreat centered around the musical heritage of the monastic tradition.

Registration will begin on September 1.

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Online Program Offerings

The Art of Discernment in Prayer

Video Series

Making decisions is a part of life. Join Br. David Vryhof in exploring the role of prayer in making life choices. How do we discern which of the options before us represents “the will of God” for our lives?

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Gospel Way to Freedom and Love

The Gospel Way to Freedom and Love

Video Series now

Many of us spend time and energy seeking the “glittering” things we think will make us happy, only to find that deep joy and peace and love have eluded us. Br. David Vryhof invites us to discover the “freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21) that comes when we ground our identity in God, rather than in those things that the world counts most valuable.

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Embodied Prayer – Online

Online Program

The platform Teachable will be the central point for videos, materials, and resources for this learning series as we’ll get out of our often too-serious and word-filled heads, move, create and see, imagine, and linger with God.

Go through the lessons at your own pace.

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Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

Audio Series

Listen to this audio series from Br. Curtis Almquist which follows Saint Paul’s names for “the fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. Optionally, there is an online space to reflect with others listeners.

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Angels in the Architecture

Listen Now
Br. Jim Woodrum welcomes you to ,“Angels in the Architecture,”, a new podcast series where he will be your guide in exploring the angels in the architecture during this season of Advent.

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Praying with the Gospel of John

This eight-week retreat and course of study will provide an overview of the Gospel of John and introduce participants to its major themes. The Fourth Gospel is at the heart of the “Johannine spirituality” lived by the Brothers of the Society of St John the Evangelist. It is a spirituality of love and intimacy, of…

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Come, Pray: Lent 2021

The Prayer I Need This Day After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join us in the receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself. Across the weeks of Lent, listen in as…

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