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 are all so much the same, and in need of the same Savior: not some of us dirty and some of us pure; not some of us better, and some of us worse; not some of us more important and some of us less important; not some of us lost and some of us…

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How can you thank the Lord for all the good things he has done for you? I don’t know the answer for you, but it’s already within your heart. Try to find the words today, and tomorrow, and the next to give testimony to the deepest love of your life. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read…

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Growing up, Jesus was as lost as many of us. I presume plenty of mistakes and lots of confusion during Jesus’ hidden years. Jesus, as an adult, was no longer just knowledgeable; his knowledge and power were now complemented by wisdom; he was accessible, in quite a lowly way. Losses in life can yield such…

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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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