The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

In addition the Brothers have a series of other resources that we hope might be helpful to you in exploring living with a Rule.

Living Intentionally: Creating a Rule of Life

We invite you to download our Living Intentionally Workbook for Creating a Personal Rule of Life. Walk with Br. David Vryhof step-by-step through the process of writing your own Rule.

A Framework for Freedom:

We invite you to discover the freedom that comes from living by a rule of life, by journeying through “A Framework for Freedom,” a 7-week self-guided video course to help you say “Yes” to your life.  Watch the series now.  Subscribe to a daily email.

In Lent 2012, we preached a series on the challenges and rewards of living by a rule of life. Drawing on chapters from SSJE’s Rule. Read and listen to the sermons.

A Living Tradition:

Each day of Lent 2011, we posted a short “living commentary” on our Rule, with a Brother or two offering his unique perspective on the document which shapes and forms our prayer and practice more than any other apart from Scripture and The Book of Common PrayerTo read that conversation, click here.


The Rule of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We Brothers welcome you to a share one of our daily practices: listening to and reflecting on a chapter of our Rule of Life.

  • To listen to the SSJE Rule of Life, read aloud by a brother, click on the chapters to the left.
  • To read a Guide to Personal Reflection, click here
  • To Subscribe to the SSJE Rule of Life, click the subscribe buttons on the left.
  • We welcome comments on each chapter.
  • To purchase a copy of the book The Rule of Life, click here


The audio book, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is read by Br. Curtis Almquist and accompanied by carols sung by the Brothers.

The Twelve Days of Christmas follow from December 25 until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, the traditional date when the Magi arrived to present gifts to infant Jesus. For many, the meaning of these days is lost. By Christmas night we are saturated with the holiday hype, overfed by music and food, and may already be disappointed that the presents received are not enough. This audio book is not a bah humbug about Christmas customs and presents.

This is simply an invitation to go deeper than the tinsel and wrappings, beyond the presents given and received, to the source of all the good gifts in life. Readers are invited to unwrap gifts that will last, praying the twelve days of Christmas.


By entering into our humanity, God pledged himself to us where we are, not where we would prefer to be. By drowning himself in the river of our brokenness, God has given us strength by his Spirit to take his hand and walk forward in the darkness of our own unknowing.

-Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE

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Above all else, our Society’s founder, Father Benson cared most passionately about our friendship with Jesus. It is as friends of Jesus that we will discover the place that Father Benson knew so well, the heart of God.

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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Update from the Community

Dear Friends:

Like all of you, over the last two years the Brothers have been taking precautions against the Corona virus. However, in spite of everything we have done, some Brothers have recently tested positive. Following the advice of our medical advisors we have taken a number of steps to lessen the impact of the virus on the community, including suspending corporate worship for the time being.

We appreciate your prayers and concern and look forward to being back online at the appropriate time.

If you would like to share a prayer for the Community you can add below.
In the meantime please know that we hold you in our prayers.

Faithfully in Christ the Healer,

James Koester SSJE


Jesus faced an endless supply of need and an overwhelming schedule. Jesus got weary. Not simply by the work but also the human inner challenges. He knew that at dawn or before, people would gather with requests. The “to do” list would sprout. Jesus knew the pain and questions of his own heart would be present. So Jesus stopped and went away to pray.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Lay down your expectations at Jesus’ feet, put your hands together and receive the sustenance that Jesus desires for you. Jesus has come to transfigure our expectations and help us realize our vocations as children of God. This is the rock and the foundation on which He is building his Church.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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Gallery: Epiphany 2022

We hope this gallery of seasonal images for Epiphany will inspire your prayerful reflection on the revelation of Jesus Christ to us and among us.

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son
to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by
faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to
face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


God has appointed “a prophet like Moses” to be your companion and guide. Jesus of Nazareth, the Beloved Son of God, took on himself our nature so that he might walk with us and understand our struggles and our joys. Look to him. Let him be your Shepherd and your Friend. Study his ways and imitate them. Look to Jesus, “for in him every one of God’s promises is a ‘Yes.’”

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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Baptism is about belonging and identity. When we know whose we are, we know who we are. We are “Christ’s own forever”! That is our truest, fundamental identity, which has the power to set us free. We already belong to God. Our struggle now is to become what we already are.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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