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"


What is stirring in your soul – or what should be stirring in your soul – where some power structure must be redressed? Jesus prays to the Father: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Be an answer to Jesus’ prayer. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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Christ will use you in ways beyond which you could ask or imagine. You will re-present Christ to this world: your sheer presence, your words, your touch, your actions. Channel Jesus’ power, and light, and life, and love. Channel it generously; don’t hoard it; and don’t worry. -Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE Read More and Comment…

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Be open for what God is wanting to birth in your life. You may be able to identify with the Blessed Virgin Mary who, on hearing of this new thing God had for her to bear, was first afraid, and then she was perplexed, and then she was ready. God made her ready for this…

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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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