Sr. Gemma Peters
"I was touched by the Sisters' concern for others, their joy and their complete giving. God seemed real to them and I wanted this."
I grew up on a farm near Rugby, ND, the seventh of eight children. Our family life centered around our faith, church, country school, neighbors and relatives. Family prayer was also a part of my growing up years.
My first contact with Sisters was while attending religion classes two weeks each summer. I was touched by the Sisters' concern for others, their joy and their complete giving. God seemed real to them and I wanted this.
As a freshman at Rugby High, I felt the desire to become a Sister grow stronger. When I first entered religious life, I thought of myself as doing something for God and His people. Now I know it isn't doing but being. I am called to Be God's presence-to reveal His love, care, joy and compassion to those I meet and try to help others believe God is real and present. As I continue to open myself to God's love, I experience an inner energy that drives me forward with great hope and joy as I continue my dance of life.
As a member of a community, I am surrounded by others of all ages who also are seeking God. Community has helped me discover talents I never knew I had and has also given me many opportunities for growth. I also experience great love, acceptance, encouragement and support in good times and in bad times.
As a Benedictine of Annunciation Monastery, I am blessed to live in the beautiful place surrounded by the splendor of God's creation. It reflects God's faithfulness and mystery as well as strength, truth and simplicity. I feel that as a member of a community I am part of a greater good--my talents, prayers and witness can more effectively speak and proclaim the Gospel values upon which I build my life. I know the life of a Benedictine Sister is my calling and I am most grateful. How I would like others to respond and share this life with me.