Angels in the Architecture

A multimedia project – 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

Now Available: Angels in the Architecture

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How Then Shall We Live?

Audio Series Coming later 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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What is God Saying to Me?

A series of forthcoming presentations from Br. David Vryhof in two parts

Part One

Focusing 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.

Four-part Video Series

  1. How ‘good’ and ‘evil’ spirits typically work in the lives of those oriented towards good and in the lives of those oriented towards evil.
  2. How to recognize interior movements of ‘consolation’ and ‘desolation.’
  3. How to respond to ‘desolation’ and ‘consolation.’
  4. How the ‘enemy’ works against us.

Part Two

In this series of eleven podcast episodes, Brs. David Vryhof and Curtis Almquist apply the principles of discernment outlined in The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to our everyday lives, showing us how to read and respond to the interior movements within us.

Eleven-part Podcast Series

  1. How good and evil spirits typically work in the lives of those oriented towards evil. (Rule 1)
  2. How good and evil spirits typically work in the lives of those oriented towards good. Rule (2)
  3. How to recognize “consolation.” (Rule 3)
  4. How to recognize “desolation.” (Rule 4)
  5. How to respond to “desolation” – part 1. (Rules 5 & 6)
  6. How to respond to “desolation – part 2. (Rules 7 & 8)
  7. Causes of “desolation.” (Rule 9)
  8. How to respond to “consolation.” (Rules 10 & 11)
  9. How the enemy works against us – like a tyrant or a weakling. (Rule 12)
  10. How the enemy works against us – like a seducer.  (Rule 13)
  11. How the enemy works against us – like a military commander. (Rule 14)

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Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

Audio Series

Listen to ten episodes from Br. Curtis which follows Saint Paul’s names for “the fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. His hope is that you will find in this series the seeds of encouragement to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit within your soul with practices that will help you thrive in the changing seasons of life.

Optionally, there is an online space to reflect with others listeners.

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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.

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The Gospel Way of Freedom and Love

The Gospel Way of Freedom and Love

Saturday, October 2, 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT

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The Gospel Way of Freedom and Love

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.

Join Br. David Vryhof for this online workshop
Saturday, October 2, 9:00am to 12:00pm EDT
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The Art of Discernment in Prayer

“Let me pray about that…”:
The Art of Discernment in Prayer  

A five part 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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Embodied Lament

Embodied Lament

Embodied Lament

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

All meetings via Zoom

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. Further reflection, resources, and optional interaction via online platform Teachable offered each week.



Suggested Fee: $25.00

Time commitment: 3 hours per week for 3 weeks

Embodied Prayer – Online

A short program from Br. Luke

The platform Teachable will be the central point for 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. Each contains a 1-3 minute video and text meditation, a 20-30 minute teaching video and documents describing various prayer practices. Using the comment section, we can share in what we are experiencing and learning.

To enroll, fill out this form below. You will receive an on-screen confirmation, and an email with further instructions to create an account with Teachable.

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Embodied Prayer - Online Course from SSJE

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Come, Pray: Lent 2021

The Prayer I Need This Day

After the last year in which churches around the world have been closed and congregations scattered, the SSJE Brothers invite you to “Come, Pray.” Join us in the receiving the daily gift of prayer – at home or wherever you find yourself. Across the weeks of Lent, listen in as Brothers discuss the rich and varied ways we pray, together in church and in our personal prayer. Then join us for worship, exploring a rich array of live-streamed services, culminating in the glories of Holy Week. “Come, pray in me the prayer I need this day.”

The series is centered on a weekly 20-minute video and invites participants to explore and experience diverse prayer practices alongside the Brothers through joining our regular, live-streamed worship, special services, and online teachings.

To sign up for the weekly email: and select “Monastic Wisdom for everyday living“. (Please note: if you are already subscribed to the Brothers email, you do not need to resubscribe)