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"

Glory

Here’s a suggestion for you today. At some point, stop. Gaze at something God has created. Take in its shape and form, its color, its movement, its intricacies. It could be a single bud on an autumnal flower; an animal or bird, shapely fruit or flowing water. Gaze at something long enough until you can…

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Baptism

It is God who is the source of our lives, and the end of our lives. It is God who seeks us out, God who has all the time in the world for us. Baptism is an act which anticipates its completion in the future. Baptism is an initiation, not a completion. Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE…

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Follow

To follow Jesus will be a melding of our strengths and our needs. We have to have enough clarity and strength to say to Jesus: “Yes, I will follow you.” We need enough weakness to remind us we that we must keep following him or we will otherwise get lost. Jesus is the Savior we…

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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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