Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

A native of Bristol, VA, Br. Jim Woodrum studied music at the University of South Carolina and East Tennessee State University. A musician and performer specializing in the euphonium (a tenor tuba primarily found in symphonic bands), Jim taught brass methods in many high schools and youth organizations across the Southeast before coming to Community. He arrived at SSJE to test his vocation in 2012 and was life-professed in 2017. He has served the Community as Choir Brother, Facilities Brother, Vocations Brother, and currently is the Brother who guides Mission and Communications. Jim enjoys all kinds of music, reading history, and is fascinated by Neurotheology (the relationship between the human brain and religion). When he is away from his desk (and that “Office” in the Chapel), he enjoys cooking Southern cuisine, exploring neighborhoods in Boston, and indulging his keen interest in craft beer.


Learn more about Br. Jim's Catch the Life journey to monastic life >

Selection of Br. Jim's teachings from "Brother, Give Us a Word"


If you’ve never taken the time to pray your mysteries – to recollect how God has been molding, transforming, redeeming, and loving you, one powerful yet subtle moment at a time – maybe you’d like to start today, in honor of Mary’s birthday. And if you’re not quite sure how God may be working in…

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You may find yourself in a place of fear; fear that you may not have enough to get through the next rough patch; worried about the future. Or maybe you feel a little resentful of others who seem to live free of worry. If this is the case, whatever it may be, offer this to…

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We may not all be able to open our homes in order to house and feed another, but we all can give a person the dignity and respect that is their right as a child of God: to learn someone’s name, and to speak to them with interest in learning who they truly are, instead…

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Angels in the Architecture

Advent 2021: A podcast series that occurs throughout the year. It explores not only the structures of buildings, but also those of liturgy, sacraments, colors, vestments, and the traditions that form us.

Selection of Br. Jim's writing

Letter from the Editor

“Perhaps our belief is the greatest mystery of all.”

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Eternity in this Moment: The Spirit of Readiness in the Age of Covid-19

“Fr. Benson’s guidance is to find yourself at home in all situations where God has called you. Peering through the Victorian language, we hear him tell us, ‘Life happens; things are as they are. Find the possibilities in each moment and situation.’”

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The Quest for Intimacy

Even though we have taken a vow of celibacy, we recognize our own need for intimacy.

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