Br. Todd Blackham, n/SSJE

Todd Blackham, n/SSJE is a native of Elizabeth, CO. He studied religion at the University of Denver and Harvard Divinity School, before going on to work as a parish priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles.  He arrived at SSJE in 2019 and was clothed as a novice in March 2020. He has served the community as Sacristan and as the coordinator of SSJE’s student ministries and monastic residency program. He loves to spend time outside gardening, kayaking, hiking, kite-flying, and feeding the birds. He enjoys praying the Rosary and making prayer beads to sell in the SSJE store. Todd has been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem five different times.


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


A person’s spiritual life is formed by all manner of processes working in intricate, entangled ways. Some aspects of formation are a process of addition, things like absorbing scripture and prayer. And some are a process of subtraction, letting go of those things which are not life-giving, relinquishing attempts to control what we cannot. Some…

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We are not abandoned. Christ has given us his body to sustain, strengthen, and glorify us. We are not left as orphans in suffering but accompanied by the tender, persistent presence of Jesus: the visible image of the invisible God, showing up and asking, “What would you have me do for you?” Br. Todd Blackham, SSJE…

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What do you hear when the voice of the prophet cries out? Perhaps it’s the call to move to new pastures set out for us. Or perhaps the shepherd is goading you to steer clear of that familiar distraction that would lead you away. We need not follow blindly, nor stubbornly push on our own…

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Selection of Br. Todd's writing

A Prayer Renewed

“If your primary experience with this prayer is in corporate worship, perhaps you will find it helpful in these pages to take some time to reconnect with it, line by line, word by word. This Cowley invites us to slow down. As we move through the prayer, we invite you to take in each word and phrase, to lovingly abide with it, and allow it to once more shine light on your path.”

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Communities of Transformation

“Community is more than a simple affinity group; it offers a way of becoming more fully who God has created us to be.”

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Meeting the “In-Laws”

It’s worthwhile to step back from time to time and revisit those things that have shaped our lives in Christ.

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