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"

Provision

The gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to live with arms outstretched and hands open. We are not to cling to the provision God has given, but to share with others, giving ourselves to them and sharing from our abundance. This is what it means to claim our identity as followers of Jesus. – Br. Jim…

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Prepare

Many new parents are grateful for a time of preparation for the coming of a newborn child: time to buy clothes, time to prepare a nursery, time to learn about the changes this new being will bring to their lives. And this is why we need Advent. We need time to recollect, remember, and prepare…

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Sustenance

Sometimes we need to share with God those things that are just too heavy to bear, to ask God for sustenance for the next leg of the journey, and to rest in the comfort of God’s stillness – because life will move on feverishly, whether we’re ready or not. Jesus is our good shepherd, full…

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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 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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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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