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"

Hope

Hope is the first thing which comes to mind in Mary’s relationship to Jesus: there had been a healing of hope within her. She had been given the gift of hope through her relationship with Jesus. The future will be okay. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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Identity

Jesus had his own issues growing into his own identity as the Messiah. It took the church nearly three centuries following Jesus’ death and resurrection to arrive at the theological formula that Jesus was truly God and truly human. I wonder how that was with Jesus, in his own lifetime? As we hear in the…

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Hidden

Mary carries Jesus, who is hidden. God takes on our human form while hidden for nine months in his mother’s womb. It will happen again to each of us: Christ’s hiddenness. Christ, who comes to live within us, sometimes works out in the secrecy of our own hearts what cannot yet be seen. Br. Curtis…

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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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