Reflection, not reaction.

Residential Internship Program for Graduate Students & Seminarians (Sept - May)

Summer Seminarians’ Experience (June-July)

Reflection, not reaction.

Residential Internship Program for Graduate Students & Seminarians (Sept-May)

Summer Seminarians’ Experience (June-July)

SSJE's Monastic Residency program & Summer Seminarians’ Experience invite you to experience something truly unique.

So much of life today is spent in reaction mode. A constant barrage of news cycles, notifications, likes, and advertisements interrupts us, asking us to react quickly (and perhaps thoughtlessly) to the latest thing. We move along to an ever increasing drum beat – and so many of us feel beat down by the relentless pace of contemporary life. As we are pushed along from school to university toward a career, there can be little room left for asking big questions, developing a sense of ourselves, or listening to discover a larger purpose.

Such inner transformation is a central aim of the monastic life in the church. As we attend to our conversion in Christ and grow in love for God and one another, we trust that this monastic way is shaping us into deep reservoirs, to be used by the Spirit for the sake of the world’s healing, wholeness, and reconciliation.

We are stewards of an ancient tradition engaged with the contemporary world, its needs, and its hungers.

We invite you to journey alongside our community for nine months, to learn practices and skills with enduring value:

Worship. Silence. Stillness.

Reflection. Prayer. Discernment.

Community. Listening. Hospitality.


Monastic Residency Program

This nine-month, residential internship is for students (both men and women) aged 21 or older enrolled full-time in programs of study at local graduate schools & seminaries. Three to four residents form a small community living, praying, and working alongside our community of fourteen monks just outside of Harvard Square, bearing mutual witness to one another’s growth.

The anticipated time commitment is twenty hours per week, including time spent in worship, at meals, in work assignments, and in meetings. The program includes full room and board, a monthly stipend, and scheduled time off. We understand the rigorous demands of graduate programs and the flexible scheduling this can sometimes require. If you are uncertain about whether the program may be a fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a conversation.

Commitment to Christian faith is an expectation, though we warmly welcome applicants from a variety of Christian traditions as well as those who may be new to faith.

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  and July 2020.

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.

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