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"


Jesus chooses to build his church upon Peter’s leadership, not because Peter was so strong – strong though he was – but because he was so weak. Peter’s brokenness became Jesus’ real breakthrough to him. It’s not that Peter was amazing; God’s grace was amazing. And so it is with us: God’s grace being made…

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Practice Humility

We can see so little. Life unfolds in stages. When we look at life, at the now, we should practice a posture of humility: we’re probably not seeing everything there is to see and understand. There’s always more. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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You know the architecture of your soul. If you find you can’t bring yourself to welcome Jesus into some rooms, why is that? Let your fear or your resistance be your prayer. If there are certain rooms in your soul that you feel are out of bounds to Jesus, tell him. Tell him why… and…

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Selection of Br. Curtis' writing

Patience and the Crucible of Life

In this moving reflection, Br. Curtis Almquist suggests a few of the many reasons that being forced to wait can actually be a gift. We are all invited to discover the countercultural (and surprising) goodness of waiting.

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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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