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"


For you to receive as gift Christ’s offer of peace might have to do with some movement of your body, some way that you walk, some way that you gesture or use your hands; something you do with you body. Maybe a bowing, a pacing, a posturing. Perhaps there is some practice to attend to…

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The world is an icon. We will see and sense the glory and majesty of God, the presence of God, through God’s creation. No one thing is God: no one person is God, nor a flower or leaf, nor a mountain or an ocean, nor an animal or bird. But in every creature we find…

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Jesus promises to give us life, and to give it to us abundantly. Receive that promise – it’s God’s gift for you – and lap up the goodness of life, the goodness of your life. Let God’s light and life and love shine upon your countenance, and savor every moment of your life. Don’t miss…

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Selection of Br. Curtis' writing

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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Breaking Bread: How Eating Together Makes Us Whole

“The invitation of the table can invite us beyond our boundaries. To share food is an experience of being one with another. This opens a possibility to find commonality with those with whom we might disagree. To sit at table with others is to experience the humanity that we share, even with those whom we might consider as ‘other.’”

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The Conversion of Fear into Power

“In virtually every page of the Bible, there is a supernatural manifestation of power, the intervention or infusion of God’s power in everyday life. And yet, power, without an acknowledgment of its source and its end, is simply privilege unrecognized by the beholder but patently obvious to the dispossessed. Howard Thurman writes, “too often the weight of the Christian movement has been on the side of the strong and the powerful, and against the weak and oppressed – this, despite the gospel.” Consider Jesus’ promise of power.”

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