Sister Peak takes perpetual vows at YanktonSister Julie Peak OSB, a former resident of Mitchell, made her perpetual monastic profession of stability, obedience, and fidelity to the Benedictine way of life at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton.
By: News release, Order of St. Benedict
Sister Julie Peak OSB, a former resident of Mitchell, made her perpetual monastic profession of stability, obedience, and fidelity to the Benedictine way of life at Sacred Heart Monastery, Yankton.
The monastic community, along with her family and friends, gathered for this celebration during the Eucharistic Liturgy on July 21.
The theme of her ceremony was “O God, Your Faithful Love Upholds Me.” Aware of God’s love throughout her life, Peak said, “The years that I have been a member of this Monastic Community have been incredibly rich years, filled with many joys and blessings.
“I feel so blessed that God has called me to follow this way of life with these Sisters in this monastic community. I am looking forward to being part of this community in perpetuity as we continue to seek God together.”
Peak, daughter of the late Betsey and Charles Peak, was born and raised in Illinois, the youngest of four daughters.
She graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Illinois and worked there for 12 years before earning her master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Prior to her entrance into Sacred Heart Monastery in 2004, Peak had served as registrar for Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell for six years.
Since making first monastic profession in 2006, Peak has served Sacred Heart Monastery as archivist. In addition, she volunteers at Avera Yankton Care Center and is an active member of Healthy Yankton, which sponsors the Yankton Community Garden.
She currently is a board member of the American Benedictine Academy, a national association whose purpose is to cultivate and support the Benedictine heritage within contemporary culture.