The Wedding Feast – Br. Curtis Almquist

Br. Curtis Almquist

The Celebration and Blessing of the Marriage of Alexis Kruza and Raymond Chin

There was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding…”John 2:1-11

             We have this wonderful wedding celebration today, but who would have expected this in light of from where they have come?  I’m talking about our Gospel lesson we’ve just heard from the Gospel of John, chapter 2: the wedding at Cana of Galilee.  Just preceding this story, in John 1, Jesus has called his first four disciples: Andrew, Simon Peter, Philip, and Nathanael.[i]  They were fishermen from Galilee, not scholars.  We don’t even know if they were literate.  We have no sense they were well-traveled, other than knowing about the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a very large lake.  So we would have every reason to think that Jesus would begin with these first four disciples by teaching them about Jewish law, or the psalms, or the prophesies predicting the coming of the Messiah. He might have taught them about healing.  Jesus might have schooled them about political and religious power: about the Roman occupying forces or about the divisions and competing political rivalries within Judaism among the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Scribes, the Zealots, and the Essenes.  He might have started with his disciples by teaching them how to pray.  Clearly, they have a lot to learn.  He might have found for them a place to live, a home base.  But how does Jesus begin the formation of his first four disciples?  Not in a classroom. Where does Jesus begin?  He takes them to a party, to a wedding feast. Continue reading

Onward – Br. Luke Ditewig

Br. Luke Ditewig

Matthew 13:54-56

In high school, college, and seminary I played in a hand bell choir and also as a hand bell soloist. Many people knew me as “the bell guy.” When returning to California to visit my parents, I keep being asked about bells though I stopped playing years ago. That memory, that name sticks.

People leave, change, and return with memories of who we once were jostling up against who we are now. Memories may be neutral or fun like the bell guy. Memories may be of embarrassment, shame, or guilt. We may be treated with aggression, evasion, or suspicion. People may restrict us, zeroing in on what we did—even if we only did it once—focusing on the past instead of acknowledging who we have become. Continue reading

Have You Understood All This? – Br. Mark Brown

Br. Mark Brown

Matthew 13:47-53

“Have you understood all this?”  They answered, “Yes.” 

I can’t help imagining Jesus suppressing a little smile at this response.  He’s just finished a string of parables about the Kingdom of God: the sower, the weeds among the wheat, the treasure found in a field, the pearl of great price, the net cast into the sea catching fish of every kind.

Have you understood all this? Yes, they say, without hesitation.  Well, hardly.  The whole point of parables is that they are open-ended and give fresh meanings over time, as we bring life experience to bear on them.  We can’t say we’ve ever completely understood a parable, because it’s not meant to be understood, in the sense of complete comprehension. But, because we don’t know what we don’t know, we can think we understand.

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Into the Silent Land: Exploring the Practice of Contemplation

A Five-Week Prayer Group: Thursdays 6:45-8:20 pm, Feb. 2 – Mar. 2, 2017
Leader: Br. Nicholas Bartoli, SSJE

This group will read and reflect on the book, Into the Silent LandA Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird (https://amzn.com/0195307607). We will explore the cultivation of awareness and an open heart through prayer and meditation, focusing on methods stemming from the ancient Christian contemplative traditions of the East and West. We will  learn to deepen into silence, rest in stillness, and surrender ourselves to the present moment. This group is both for those wishing to cultivate a new contemplative practice or those who wish to refine or reinvigorate their current practice. The first meeting of the group on Thursday, February 2 will cover chapters one and two.

Limited to 10 participants with ability to commit to all sessions.

To join this prayer group please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

Praying Well, Loving Much – Br. James Koester

Br. James Koester

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12, Year C)
Genesis 18: 20 – 32
Psalm 138
Colossians 2: 6 – 15
Luke 11: 1 – 13

One of the most amazing places in the world, at least as far as I am concerned, is the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. I know that I have preached about it before, and I am sure that I will do so again, and again, and again.

On one of my visits to Jerusalem, I was there with a small group of people who were participating in a course at St. George’s College. We got into a conversation with one of the Armenian seminarians who was staffing the Armenian gift shop. Our friend Charlene, who claims that she doesn’t speak Armenian very well, got into a conversation, in Armenian, with the young man. The next thing we knew we were taken down, down, down into the depths of the rock quarry that the Church of the Resurrection is built on. As we descended from street level, we passed any number of pilgrims and tourists. We passed two Armenian chapels in the lower level of the Church. At the side of one chapel, near the altar was an iron grille. Having been ushered through the altar rail, our host pulled out a large key and unlocked the grille. We went through the grille single file, and he pulled it shut, locking it behind him. We followed him along a long, narrow wooden walkway and down, down, down more stairs. We finally arrived at the bottom and saw what we were looking for: a bit of graffiti dating from sometime in the very early part of the fourth century, before the church above us had been built. Long before the Church of the Resurrection had been built in the years after AD 335, when it was still illegal to be Christian, pilgrims had been making their way to the place associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of the Lord. One of them had drawn on the rock face a small sailing boat and below it had written the words Lord, we have come. It was stunning to be in a place of prayer and pilgrimage that predated the building of the great church. But what took my breath away was what we were shown next. As we made our way out, we stopped at another flight of stairs and headed down, down, down. We were in a great crevice in the rock. When we reached the bottom our guide announced that this was the place where Jesus and his disciples had come and prayed after the Last Supper and before they went to the Garden of Gethsemane. I asked our guide if we too could pray and so the four of us said the Lord’s Prayer together. It was a spine tingling moment that I will never forget. Continue reading

Let Them Grow Together – Br. Keith Nelson

Br. Keith Nelson

Jeremiah 7:1-11
Matthew 13:24-30

This parable of weeds and wheat, a parable unique to Matthew’s gospel, has a long history of interpretation from the pulpit in American religion. Much of it is overtly self-congratulatory, encouraging faith leaders and congregations to uncritically self-identify as faithful stalks of wheat – to say, in the words of Jeremiah, “We are safe!” The course of action in the Christian life then becomes simply to wait for the harvest, but in a way that presumes to know how the story will end. In the meantime, presuming to identify all the weeds in the neighborhood seems to become a common pastime. In this country, it is hard to overestimate the damage such interpretation of the Gospel is causing between Christians and atheists in particular. Indeed, many people my age or younger who identify with no faith tradition and who know little about Christianity are unlikely to take an interest if they perceive Christians to be self-righteously, obsessively concerned with the behavior of others. If you’ve already been identified as a weed – or have close friends who are weeds – is joining the “wheat” really all that appealing? Continue reading

The Sower of Seeds – Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Br. Nicholas Bartoli

Matthew 13:1-9

Within each of us our Beloved God has planted a seed, and if we can say the Holy One prays for anything, it might be simply that this seed bears good fruit. As followers of the Way of Jesus, that’s our prayer, too, for ourselves and for each other, that  the seeds take root, sprout, and grow.

When Jesus walked ancient Palestine, people were very intimate with the earth and the cycles of seasons, in ways most us in urban societies might find hard to imagine. That’s why agriculture metaphors like this resonated so strongly for those listening to Jesus. Sowing seeds, for example, suggests a spirituality rooted in the ground of being in the world just as we find it, while also suggesting a sense of urgency since the fate of seeds could be a matter of life and death for people relying on the land to bear its fruit. The parable of the sower, in particular, must have struck a chord, because we find it in the gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, and even in the gospel of Thomas.

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Feast of St. Macrina, Monastic and Teacher – Br. Jim Woodrum

Br. Jim Woodrum

Matthew 11: 27-30

Sometime during my ‘Tween’ years (that terribly awkward period of time spanning from ages 10-12) I remember approaching my parents rather seriously to let them know what I wanted for Christmas.  This was the biggest request I’d ever made.  This wasn’t just something that I wanted strictly for entertainment value, although I did hope it would bring fun and joy.  I felt that it was very practical and something that I discerned that I needed in my life.  I asked my parents if I could have an older brother for Christmas.  Some of my friends had older brothers and while they could be somewhat obnoxious, gross, and crass, the pros seem to outweigh the cons.  Older brothers kept an eye out on you and could defend you against bullies.  Older brothers were wiser and could impart crucial knowledge about the greater mysteries of life.  Older brothers could be companions on the journey through adolescence helping you navigate through some of the strange twists that life could throw you which they had already experienced.  When my parents explained that things didn’t quite work that way, I went a step further and asked if we could adopt an older brother.  As it turned out, that too was an impossibility.  Continue reading

A Fine Day at the Beach – Br. Mark Brown

Br. Mark Brown

Genesis 18:1-10a
Psalm 15
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

One of my favorite things to do on a summer day is to go to that place where the primal elements of earth, air, fire and water come together in a most exhilarating way, and where we can step out into the edge of the infinite—and perhaps get a bit of vanity tan while we’re at it. I love going to the seashore. When I go alone, I’m often drawn to contemplation of the primal elements, how those fundamental entities of physics can add up to all this—quarks, gluons, photons, electrons, bosons, etc.  And how the “all of this” of our experience is but a speck in the incomprehensible vastness of the cosmos.

And to ponder the sailboats in the distance, how the interplay of volumes and masses and forces allows the boats to remain on the surface of the water, how the force of the wind is matched to the resistance of a sail to move the boat from one place to another. How the wind itself is set in motion by the fire of the sun.  How the wind and tides set the ocean waves in motion and how chaos is unleashed when they meet the resistance of dry land. How life itself emerged from the chaos of the sea. Quite by chance—or not quite by chance… Continue reading

The Gentleness of God – Br. Keith Nelson

Br. Keith Nelson

Matthew 11:28-30

There is a kind of gentleness that is intuitive to us, or is called forth naturally from us, in certain situations. You may recall the first time you held a baby: the way your body responded to one tinier and less durable than yours with a gentle, protecting strength. Or the first time you threaded a kneedle, or placed something under a microscope, or gave someone a kiss. I remember my first childhood pet, a chameleon with skin that changed colors and eyes that swiveled in all directions. Though I gave him the rather ungentle name Thunder, I knew instinctively how gentle I needed to be as his tiny toes and delicate tail gripped my outstretched fingers. Although my heart raced, my breath became slower, my attention focused, and my senses became attuned,for the first time, to the fragile life of another. Continue reading

Worship Schedule

The Monastery Chapel opens each day before Morning Prayer and remains open through Compline at the close of the night. We invite you to make use of the Chapel as a sanctuary of quiet, a space for you to pray and ponder. We also invite you to join the Brothers in our daily round of prayer and worship.

First Tuesdays

Join us each First Tuesday of the month for the 5:30pm Eucharist and stay for the Meal with Monks afterward: a hearty soup supper and chance for conversation with the Brothers and each other.

By His Wounds We Are Healed: Holy Week 2017

Worship Schedule – click here

Recent Sermons:

Monastery Worship Schedule

Sunday
6:30 Morning Prayer
9:00 Holy Eucharist
12:30 Noonday Prayer
4:00 Evening Prayer

Monday
No public worship. (Brothers’ Sabbath)

Tuesday
6:00 Morning Prayer
12:30 Noonday Prayer
5:30 Holy Eucharist
8:30 Compline

Wednesday
6:00 Morning Prayer
12:30 Holy Eucharist
6:00 Evening Prayer
8:30 Compline

Thursday – Saturday
6:00 Morning Prayer
7:45 Holy Eucharist
12:30 Noonday Prayer
6:00 Evening Prayer
8:30 Compline

About the Daily Office

The Brothers’ worship schedule, what has traditionally been called the “Daily Office,” is described in the SSJE Rule of Life as:

“A sustained act of union with Christ by which we participate in his unceasing offering of love to the Father. In reciting the psalms, singing canticles and hymns, proclaiming the divine word in Scripture, or lifting our voices in prayer, we are to enter more and more into the mind, heart, and will of Christ, and to be borne up by the Spirit in him to the Father. 

Our praying of the psalter, which is the heart of the Daily Office, takes us ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation; the psalms give voice to the whole range of human experience which Christ has embraced and redeemed as the Savior of the world. As we sing and chant deep levels of our being are involved; our hearts are lifted up in greater exultation. And music enhances our worship with riches inherited from many ages.”

Hope, in the Face of Despair – Br. David Vryhof

Br. David Vryhof

I have to confess that at times I am tempted to despair.  These past few days we have witnessed yet another Black man shot and killed by a white police officer, this one slowly bleeding to death in the front seat of his car, in the presence of his girlfriend and her daughter, after being pulled over for having a broken tail light.  We have watched defenseless police officers present at a peaceful rally being picked off by a sniper who was bent on ‘evening the score.’A few weeks ago we learned of a man who entered gay nightclub with a legally-obtained assault weapon and randomly spray bullets into the crowd – resulting in the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.  And in the midst of such madness we hear some advocating more guns, not less; urging private citizens to arm themselves – to carry deadly weapons in shopping malls and movie theaters and in classrooms and even in church! – and to be ready to open fire when they sense they are in danger!  And our ineffectual leaders, paralyzed by partisanship and intimidated by the NRA, cannot even bring themselves to limit the access of private citizens to assault weapons whose only purpose can be mass destruction.  This seems like ABSOLUTE MADNESS to me, and I am tempted to despair. Continue reading

Commonly Asked Questions

Why might I want to go on retreat?

Taking a time away from the demands of everyday life, to be quiet, to pray, to worship, to read, rest, and relax, allows us to refocus our lives on what is most important to us. Some people come on retreat at moments of transition, where they feel the need for particular discernment. Others come on retreat simply to refresh and renew their spirit. Our relationship with God, like all human relationships, needs attention and care to grow. Times of retreat allow us to turn our whole selves to God, to listen and be attentive to the voice of God. Many people experience retreats as times when God seems particularly near.

What will I do with my time?

The Brothers meet for several services marking the hours of each day, beginning with Morning Prayer and ending with Compline at its close. On most days, brothers and guests will also gather to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We invite guests to join us for all of these services, or as many as they wish. Three meals punctuate the day as we eat together, often in silence, with one brother reading aloud from a book or while listening to recorded music.

Between these hours, our chapels are open to guests for silent prayer and meditation. Our collection of books on spirituality, of biography or fiction might tempt you. Our houses are situated in beautiful natural settings conducive to recreation, offering paths for walking or jogging. Many guests report, after a retreat, how surprised they were by the rich joy of being able to rest, even to the point of napping for long hours each day!

What days can I come on retreat?

Guests may arrive at our houses from Tuesday through Friday, depending on the length of their stay. There are normally no arrivals on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

At the Monastery you may arrive between 11:30 am to 12:15pm,
or between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
At Emery House you may arrive between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

If you cannot arrive within these windows, please call to verify that an alternate arrangement is possible.

All guests leave by Sunday afternoon, when our guest facilities close for the Brothers’ Sabbath, from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning.

Why aren’t more dates available?

Many weekends are already booked with groups who fill our guest facilities to capacity, while others find the brothers leading retreats away from our houses at churches throughout North America. Our houses are also closed at other times for the Brothers to attend to the Community’s needs in chapter meetings, and to their own needs for retreat, solitude, prayer, and contemplation.

If you cannot find a weekend opening, try a weekday retreat: we often have availability during the week. Because space for retreats is quite limited, we reserve the right to decline applications for retreats or to place applicants who have made a number of retreats with us in the past on a waiting list. Deposit checks will be returned to any applicants declined or placed on a waiting list.

Can I meet with a Brother during my stay?

If you would like to meet with a Brother for spiritual direction during your stay, please schedule an Individual Companioned Retreat. See the “Take a Retreat With Us” page for more information.

(Brothers may be available at other times for individual meetings, but this is not always possible and cannot be guaranteed.) 

What about the details: directions and parking?

For directions to the monastery and maps, click here. Please note that both our houses are readily accessible via public transportation.

Due to community, staff, and emergency access needs, guest parking is not available at the Monastery in Cambridge. (For-fee, public parking garages are available nearby.)

Guest parking in two lots is available at Emery House, West Newbury.

How can I schedule a retreat?

To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

To secure a reservation, you’ll need to make a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total retreat cost.

About Emery House

We Brothers are delighted to be able to invite guests and retreatants to join us at Emery House. Located on the border of West Newbury and Newburyport, Emery House provides a quiet atmosphere for prayer, reflection, and retreat in the context of a monastic community.

Please click here for information on program retreats for individuals. For individual self-guided, companioned, or group retreats please contact the Guesthouse manager or 617.876.3037×10.

We invite you to explore the links below to learn more about Emery House.

Staying at Emery House
 The Chapel of the Transfiguration
The Property
An Atmosphere of Silence

Staying at Emery House

The Emery House property consists of multiple buildings: a 15-room main house begun in 1720, six small hermitages, and two small 10×10 cabins in the forest used by retreatants in the summer. The majority of our retreatants stay in the six small hermitages built around a courtyard.

The Brothers living at Emery House are pleased to offer hospitality, meals, and occasional spiritual direction for those on individual and group retreats.

Guests are also invited to join in the Brothers’ daily worship (Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist, Evening Prayer, and Compline), which follows The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church.

Emery House is normally open to guests from Tuesday afternoons through early afternoon on Sundays and is closed on Mondays for the brothers’ day of Sabbath rest

To book a retreat, please contact the Guesthouse Manager and Receptionist at (617) 876-3037, extension 10, or e-mail guesthouse@ssje.org.

The Chapel of the Transfiguration

The Brothers at Emery House follow the traditional monastic practice of singing the Daily Office – Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline – and we celebrate the Holy Eucharist most days. Retreatants are invited to attend any of the daily services. The chapel is also open day and night to retreatants for personal prayer and meditation.

We seek to offer silence and sanctuary for our retreatants, free from intrusion, and our chapel size is quite limited. Because of this, we are unable to accommodate “walk-in” guests. (In Cambridge, the Monastery chapel is open to everyone for all services and as a quiet sanctuary for personal prayer.)

The Emery House Property

Emery House is situated on 144 acres, bounded by the Merrimack River on the north, by the Artichoke River on the east, by Route 113 on the south, and by a stone wall running through the woods on the west. A walking trail follows the upper perimeter of the land overlooking the Merrimack River. Another trail cuts through the woods between the two cabins south of the main house. There are also trails through the woods along the west side of the property including a colonial era stone stepping bridge. If you would like a map of the property, please see the guest brother.

We invite you to roam this beautiful property during your stay.

Click here to read more about the ecology around Emery House.
Click here to read more about the history of Emery House.

An Atmosphere of Silence

We strive to maintain an atmosphere of silence at Emery House as the climate in which each person can find the prayer and meditation to which God might be calling that individual.

The Greater Silence begins immediately after Compline and ends the next morning after breakfast (usually at 9:00 AM).

To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

About the Monastery & Guesthouse

Our Monastery and Guesthouse aim to offer spaces of silence, beauty, and simple comfort to guests, for an hour, a day, or for a longer visit.

The Monastery and Guesthouse are located on Memorial Drive, just off Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and face on the Charles River and its flanking parklands designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.

The Monastery Chapel

Dedicated to Saint Mary and Saint John, is considered by some to be the masterpiece of the great twentieth century American architect, Ralph Adams Cram.  Built in the French Romanesque style, the Chapel conveys the essence of the early Christian basilica on a small scale.  It features classic pillars and arches made from Indiana limestone; marble floors in the choir and sanctuary; beautiful stained glass windows designed by Charles J. Connick; and a baldachino standing above and glorifying the high altar.  We invite guests staying in the Guesthouse, as well as the public, to use the Chapel as a sanctuary for their prayer and reflection.

The Guesthouse

Built in 1924-1928, was also designed by Cram, and it served as the original Monastery building until Cram designed the Chapel and the rest of the monastic complex, including living quarters and a cloister for the brothers, in the mid-1930’s.  Built at the height of the Great Depression, the current buildings were completed in 1936.

Our Guesthouse facilities include twelve single bedrooms, large and small meeting rooms, chapels for private and corporate prayer, and a garden.
Extensive renovations made in 2010 – 2011 have added entrances for those with special needs, fully accessible bathrooms, and a guest refectory and kitchen.

For photo tours of the Monastery & Guesthouse, please click here.

To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.

All for All – Br. James Koester

Br. James Koester

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and the Profession in Initial Vows of Keith Nelson SSJE

Genesis 28: 10 – 22
Psalm 139
Romans 8: 28 – 39
John 1: 35 – 51

Well Keith, this day has been a long time in coming. We your brothers in the community have been waiting patiently, and maybe not so patiently, for this day to come, and not just since you came here nearly three years ago to test your vocation. We’ve been waiting even longer than that. We’ve been waiting ever since you came to try your vocation with us the first time, but left after a few months, believing your vocation lay elsewhere. We’ve been waiting even longer than that. We’ve been waiting ever since you first appeared in Cambridge as a student at HDS and started to come to worship here on occasion. We’ve been waiting a long time and are thrilled that this day is finally here at last. Continue reading

Sermon for Friday in Proper 9 – Br. David Allen

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Mt. 10:16-23

In today’s Gospel Lesson we get a glimpse of Jesus preparing his disciples to go out on mission. 

As I read about it in the Bible I see Jesus gathering his disciples around him in an open place, probably on a hillside, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  There he warned them of the dangers and difficulties they would encounter.  He warned them that they would be hated by all those in the Religious Establishment because of his name.  Continue reading

Workshops at the Monastery

Saturday workshops at the Monastery are a great way to start your weekend:

Current Workshops:

    Workshops begin at 9:00am and run until 12:15. All participants are invited to stay and join the Brothers for Noonday Prayer at 12:30 p.m.
    To reserve a place, click on the workshop you would like to attend and complete the form and payment.

    Costs: Full Price $40, Student Price $20

    Workshop location: the Monastery Undercroft, 980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, 02138. To get to the Undercroft, enter the Guesthouse garden through the gate to the left of the Chapel; signs will indicate the door down to the undercroft.

     

    Program Retreats for Groups

    Program retreats are offered for individuals, or for various types of groups (parish, seminarians, clergy, vestries, etc.).

    In addition to joining the Brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals, guests attends a series of addresses or meditations on a retreat theme, offered by the brother who is the retreat director. Time is set apart to encourage prayer, reflection, and recreation. Customarily, all on the retreat will observe silence.

    Group program retreats are usually conducted from Thursday or Friday evening through Sunday noontime. Occasionally a group can book a longer retreat, beginning on Tuesday evening.

    Please note: During these retreats individual spiritual direction is normally not available.

    Suggested fees for a Group Program Retreat 
    We strive to make retreat time available to all who seek it. (Suggested fees can be reduced in cases of financial hardship.)
    However, the suggested fees cover only a portion of the expenses for making our facilities available. We are grateful for any additional donations in support of our retreat ministry. 

    $135.00 per person per night
    $75.00 for students/young adults

    Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of your total fee.

    To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.


    Types of Retreats

    We offer three different types of retreats at the Monastery Guesthouse and at Emery House. Please click to explore these retreats.

    Program Retreats for Individuals

    In addition to joining the Brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals, guests attends a series of addresses or meditations on a retreat theme, offered by the brother who is the retreat director. Time is set apart to encourage prayer, reflection, and recreation. Customarily, all on the retreat will observe silence.

    Program Retreats at the Monastery

      Program Retreats at Emery House

      To book a retreat, at either the Monastery Guesthouse or at Emery House, please contact the Guesthouse Manager/Receptionist by e-mail at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10.


      Types of Retreats

      We offer three different types of retreats at the Monastery Guesthouse and at Emery House. Please click to explore these retreats.