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"

Worry

Take Jesus at his word that you need not worry. Whatever there is in your life that threatens to engulf you – take heart. Hear Jesus’ words of promise: in all these terribly worrisome things, you need not worry. There will be provision. God will provide.-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJERead More and Comment >

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Treasure

All those things which you could call your “possessions” – both the tangible and intangible – give them up. You cannot lose what you have already given up. Live your life with nothing to lose. Find the language, find the prayer and practice, that enables you to treasure the fullness of life: life for now…

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Signs

Life is sacramental: the outward signs reveal the inward grace. The outward sign of bread and wine at the altar are what they are — real bread from the earth and wine, the fruit of the vine — and yet they are revelatory of more, of Jesus’ real presence. That sacramental principle is a template…

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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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