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.


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


Jesus’ good news is that the love of God is a priceless treasure that is given rather than earned. Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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If we know Jesus, then we already have Easter….and it is more than what we could ever find in the world. -Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE Read More and Comment >

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The most powerful words that we can use in all of human language are: “I forgive you.” When Jesus was nailed to the hard wood of the cross, in the throes of pain and suffering, he prayed to God: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” Contrition can put us…

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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

The Brakes: Learning Conflict Resolution

Even a monastery is not free from conflict, and in this searching, honest reflection, Br. Jim Woodrum confronts his own tendency to want to flee when things get tough. Find here practical suggestions for dealing with own personal fear responses, as well as practical suggestions for strengthening the internal “breaks” that allow us to deal with conflict more healthily.

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The Johnstown Flood of 1889

“The question Fr. Field prayerfully asked was “Why?” How many of us ask this same question of God in prayer amidst the chaos we experience in our lives?”

A tragic chapter in American history opens a window into the faith of an historic SSJE Brother.

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Lead Us Not into Temptation


“In the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer each day, I am reminded that if I turn to God in my moments of temptation, then I, like Jesus, will be able to dismiss temptation’s toxicity, and be fortified and empowered to live into the divine life which God has enabled in me.”

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