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"

Fear

Fear is very illuminating. What is fear exposing? That deepest place of need within our heart, that place where we are too small, too powerless, too hungry to go on. In our fear there is an invitation from God, a reminding invitation that God wants to be God in our life. We cannot live our…

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Transfiguration

We worship God Emmanuel, in all times and in all places. God is with us. The disciples realized they didn’t have to stay on the mountaintop, or to go back to a mountaintop, to be with Jesus. They would be grounded in the light and life and love of Jesus, who was going to stay…

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Judgment

It will take more than a lifetime, it will take an eternity to tell what proves good and what proves bad about another person. We will not have eyes to see it in this lifetime. Don’t judge. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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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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