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"


Like members of a symphony orchestra, we each have our part to play, adding to a wonderful tapestry of sound. Yet being saturated in too much sound can lead to overstimulation, turning what was beautiful into noise. Over time, we can become addicted to this noise and our senses become dulled. We need times of…

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Evangelism is a natural response to an action that has been set in motion by God. Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth to share the good news that she had received from the angel. The leper who was once an outcast went among the townspeople freely proclaiming the good news of his being made whole by…

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While we may not die a martyr’s death, we are called to “give our lives” and live a martyr’s life; to proclaim the truth that is transforming our lives, transfiguring our pain, and revealing our true nature and identity as God’s beloved people. -Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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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

Identity & Belonging in the Great Sacraments

“As a follower of Jesus with my own diverse and at times complicated identity, where and how do I belong in this equally diverse and complicated realm of Christianity and the Church? And what does such “belonging” entail?”

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Letter from the Editor – Advent 2022

“Life in community teaches us about the love and grace of God as it helps us to grow into the fullness of our place in the Body of Christ: accepting our limitations, giving freely of ourselves when we see a need, and recognizing that we belong to one another through our  Baptism.”

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Letter from the Editor

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

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