Society of St. John the Evangelist

Society Of St. John The Evangelist

Society of St. John the Evangelist

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The Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) is an Anglican religious order for men. The members live under a rule of life and, at profession, make monastic vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience. The SSJE was founded in 1866 at Cowley, Oxford, England, by the Father Richard Meux Benson, a priest in the Church of England. Known colloquially as the Cowley Fathers, the society was the first stable religious community of men to be established in the Anglican Communion since the English Reformation.

For many years the society had houses in Scotland, India, South Africa, Japan and Canada.

North American congregation

In 1870, the society came to Boston, Massachusetts, where it became part of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The members of the North American congregation live at a monastery designed by Ralph Adams Cram, in Cambridge, near Harvard Square. They also keep a rural retreat center, , in West Newbury, where guests can stay in small hermitages in the meadow.

The community has just completed a capital campaign, , to restore the Monastery buildings and make them fully handicapped-accessible. The Monastery Chapel and Guesthouse are currently closed. Emery House is open for . And the Brothers will be offering a number of in Cambridge over the course of the year. The Brothers also lead retreats in parishes and dioceses throughout North America, as well as offer teaching in seminaries and universities. They make sermons...
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