Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

Br. Curtis Almquist was born and raised in western Illinois (along the Mississippi River) in the town of Moline. He studied at Wheaton College, Michigan State University, and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to the Monastery, he worked in international development, then as a social worker. After seminary, he served as a priest in the Diocese of Chicago. Curtis arrived at SSJE in 1987 and was life-professed in 1992. He has served the community in many capacities, including as Superior. He currently serves as Facilities Brother. Curtis enjoys photography, historical fiction, studying Spanish, and has an interest in the intersection of psychology and spirituality. His favorite sport is swimming, which he attributes to his parents teaching him to swim when he was only two years old!

 

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Selection of Br. Curtis' teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"

Infection

Everyone out there is in the same shape: lots of mistakes. Not everyone has recourse for forgiveness, so their awareness of sin and its effects compounds in them like an infection. They donÕt need our help to damn them; they need help to be saved. We participate in JesusÕ saving work by mirroring JesusÕ light,…

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Patience

Patience really needs to be an active word in our soul’s vocabulary. When someone is not acquiescing, when something is not being resolved, when the door isn’t being opened, then is the invitation for patience: this melding of love and suffering, about which Jesus is well apprised. The invitation is to wait. -Br. Curtis Almquist,…

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Silence

Psalm 62 includes the phrase: “For God alone my soul in silence waits”; however another translation of this text is: “Before God, I am silence.” Our life’s invitation is to learn to “be silence” so we have space to receive the work and words of God. Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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Selection of Br. Curtis' writing

Visiting Jesus in Prison

“Prisoners especially need an intervention of love.”

Accompany Br. Curtis Almquist on his personal journey into the heart of America’s prisons, and into the heartbreak that waits inside. “Prisons can be hell,” he admits, and yet entering into them brings nothing short of blessing for both prisoner and visitor.

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Being an Answer to Jesus’ Prayer

“Jesus here regards his disciples not as his servants, but as his friends. They are his peers. They share the same prayer. He doesn’t say, “My Father,” or “Your Father.” He says, “Our Father.””

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We Need More Than Spirituality: Practicing the Presence of God

“We have been given the gift of life, all of which we are invited to practice in God’s presence.”

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