Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Help Us Share the Light of the Gospel

As we anticipate the joy of Christmas, let us anticipate meeting God face to face as one meets a friend.  Let us seek God in all whom we meet, for it is not a certain place or event which makes a moment special, it is this spirit of fellowship.

Our community is sustained by the inspires kindness of Friends. 

- Br. James Koester, Superior

Support the Friends of SSJE Annual Fund

Levels of Giving

The Brothers welcome and appreciate all gifts of any amount. If you are able, please prayfully consider an annual commitment of $500, under $10 a week, or more. Gifts can be made annually, monthly by credit card or direct debit, by stock gift.
SSJE will acknowledge all donors by name, but not amount in our Annual Fund report.

Currently the Brothers are supported by donors giving at the levels of:

  • Annual gifts up to $500
  • Annual gifts of $500 - $999
  • Annual gifts of $1,000 - $2,499
  • Annual gifts of $2,500 – $4,999
  • Annual gifts of $5,000 and above

Be a Friend: Make an Annual Gift

The gifts of Friends quite literally perpetuate their life and love. In this, the Brothers are upheld in their ministry by the generosity of those who have experienced their love and care. They are upheld by our prayers and our love, but they count on our generosity. Our generosity is like another hand, another pair of hands, given to them to do their work.

Please enter the stream of love that flows from Christ and out through the hands of the Brothers, by joining the Friends of SSJE and making a gift.

Vow Support: Make a Three-Year Pledge

The reasons to make a three-year pledge to SSJE begin with the simplest and most practical: a three-year pledge helps the Brothers not have to worry about calling, writing, doing all the institutional stuff that they otherwise need to do to survive. But, even more, a long-term gift like a three-year pledge strengthens and affirms your loving connection to their work. Such a gift is like a vow or promise, it’s something they can count on, for strength.

A long-term gift returns its own gift to you as well. As human beings we all long for some kind of constant community, a partner or a spouse or a dear friend. The community associated with the Brothers meets this longing and satisfies our desire to reach up towards the light and towards something larger. The constancy of our love returns to us in the constancy of love we receive from the Brothers and the community they gather around them.

Name the Love: Remember SSJE in your Will

All gifts, because they come out of love, never simply stop. By giving to the Brothers now, in any gift, your love is reaching the kind of people that you would not have a chance to reach out to yourself. When you make a gift, you enter a stream of love that takes you beyond today, beyond tomorrow.

A bequest lasts even longer, because it is not just a now gift, it is a forever gift. After you leave this world, a bequest can continue radiating love, leaving a mark of love on your life. If you want to leave a mark of love behind, there is no institution that we know of that radiates love the way the Brothers do.

The Fiscal Facts

The Brothers of SSJE depend on friends and benefactors for the financial support of their life and ministry.

In round numbers the Society of Saint John the Evangelist has a two million dollar budget that covers running two large properties which serve as retreat centers (the Monastery in Cambridge and Emery House in West Newbury, MA), looking after 17-21 monks and staff, and funding all SSJE ministries. The brothers have an endowment whose draw is limited to the prudent level of 4.5%-5%, which funds about 35% of the annual budget. Guesthouse income contributes about 15% of the budget, and 5% comes from other sources. This means that the Community relies on Friends who donate to the Annual Fund to fund 45% of the budget. Friends’ gifts make it possible for the Brothers to welcome all.

Ways of Giving

Check Information

Please make checks payable to:
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist or SSJE
Send to:
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138-5717

Canadian Giving

SSJE Friends in Canada can make tax deductible donations through The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust. At this time we cannot accept Canadian gifts paid by credit card. Please make checks payable to: SSJE and send to:
c/o 130 King Street West, 20th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5X 1K1 Canada

Gifts of Stock and other Securities

We ask you to consider making gifts by Stock only if your gift is of $1,000 or more in value because of the fees and transactions costs the Brothers have to pay.

Email Information to my broker

  • Agent: National Securities Corporation,
    120 Broadway, 27th floor, New York, NY  10271
  • Agent Clearing Number: DTC 0226
  • Agent Account Number: LR2-603279
  • Agent Account: Society of Saint John the Evangelist


AND please reference the following:
FFC: Society of St. John the Evangelist a/c#LR2-603279

We shall need certain information to properly process the stock transfer. This information can either come directly from you or from your broker, but should be done before the actual transfer is made. Please telephone, fax, or email the Treasurer's Office with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Name of stock
3. Exact number of shares being transferred
4. CUSIP number for the stock
5. Company name & DTC broker number
6. Any designation for the use of the gift

We will gratefully acknowledge your gift and send a statement stating its mean value.

Treasurer's Office
The Society of Saint John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Drive
Cambridge , MA 02138 U.S.A.
tel: (617) 876-3037, ext. 52
email: treasury@ssje.org

Estate planning Information

Specific Amount for General Purposes
"I give, advise, and bequeath to the Society of St. John the Evangelist, in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the sum of $______ to be used at the Society’s discretion for the general objectives and purposes of said Society."

Percentage Amount for General Purposes
"I give, and bequeath to Society of St. John the Evangelist, in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, ___% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used at the Society’s discretion for the general objectives and purposes of said Society."

Unrestricted Bequest to SSJE’s Endowment
"I give, and bequeath to Society of St. John the Evangelist, in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, ___% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be placed in the Society’s Endowment Fund, for use at said Society’s discretion."

These are only samples for your consideration. Your legal counsel can help you to refine the bequest language to suit your specific wishes for SSJE. If you do have specific wishes please contact James Coats, Director, Friends of SSJE, (617) 876-3037x57 or friends@ssje.org. If you do decide to include SSJE in your will, we would find it very helpful to have a copy of that portion of your will for our records.

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