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!


Learn more about Br. Curtis' Catch the Life journey to monastic life >

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


We don’t need a special cushion on which to sit, nor a special lamp to light, nor a special incense to burn, nor a special prayer or mantra to recite,  nor even a special monastery to visit.  None of that is bad; it may well help.  It is simply not enough.  What is enough is now.  Start with…

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Love is of God’s very essence. And love does not exist unless it is given away. God needs you, because God is love, and love can only be realized and expressed in relationship: the give and take of love. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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We see Mary willfully surrender her will to God’s will for her destiny. Surrendering to God’s will can evoke fear in our hearts, raise questions, instill resistance. It can be quite costly or difficult. We may be misunderstood or judged harshly by people surrounding us. And yet, there’s enormous freedom, authority, and joy in saying…

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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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