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. While the Guesthouse remains closed in-person, we Brothers are offering a series of online programs to nurture and sustain faith.

Please take a look through each of our Fall 2021 programs below and watch for further offerings this winter and beyond.

Any further questions may be directed to guesthouse@ssje.org

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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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The Gospel Way of Freedom and Love

The Gospel Way of Freedom and Love

Saturday Workshop, October 2, 9:00am to 12:00pm EST.
A recording will be available later this fall. Register to receive an update when it becomes available.

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 Lament

Embodied Lament

Online Program, on Zoom
Group A: Tuesdays 2:30-3:30pm EDT October 5, 12, 19
Group B: Tuesdays 7:15-8:15pm EST November 30, December 7, 14

How are you praying amid so much loss? Reflecting on the biblical tradition of lament and attending to the wisdom of our bodies, Br. Luke Ditewig offers simple, expressive movements and creative actions as ways to pray our grief.

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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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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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Angels in the Architecture

a multimedia presentation, Coming Advent 2021

Listen and read along with Br. Jim Woodrum as he follows the angels toward a deeper appreciation of why our church buildings matter and how they can help us to become one with the angels.

As you are inspired, share your Angels at #angelsinthearchitecture

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What is God Saying to Me?

Video and Audio series, Coming Soon

This two part series focuses on the principles of discernment outlined in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We find very practical guidance in distinguishing between “good” and “evil” spirits that turn us towards God or away from God. The second portion finds Ignatius’ wisdom applied to our everyday lives, showing us how to read and respond to the interior movements within us.

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How Then Shall We Live?

Audio Series, Coming this Fall

Join Brs. James Koester and Jack Crowley with guests as they introduce the recent publication “How Then Shall We Live,” which is the community’s framework for being monks at the present moment. We suggest you read this alongside listening to the episodes.

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Praying the Icon of the Nativity

Date: TBD this Christmas Season

Join Br. James Koester for an online multi-media presentation in praying the Icon of the Nativity. Register now to receive an email closer to the Christmas season about unwrapping this present.

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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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