At Sunday Vespers on July 28 in the presence of S. Maribeth Wentzlaff, prioress, and the Benedictine Sisters, S. Peggy Venteicher made her perpetual profession to live a life of obedience, stability and conversion of life according to the Rule of St. Benedict. "I am called according to His purpose" from Romans 8:28 is the quote S. Peggy chose for this special day. Aware of God’s love throughout her life, S. Peggy says, "Many years after the multiple seeds were planted, my heart was open to God’s call and I am able to answer with a joyful ‘Yes.’"
S. Peggy is from Norfolk, NE, the oldest of nine children born to Lyle and Denise Venteicher and was raised on the family farm southwest of Pierce, NE. She graduated from Mount Marty College in 2005 with a degree in nursing. S. Peggy worked at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk for seven years and in August 2012, followed her desire to be a Benedictine Sister by entering Sacred Heart Monastery. Sister Peggy says that she was drawn to the Benedictine charism "because of the community of love and support found every day." This sense of community has carried into her ministry as a Registered Nurse at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton. S. Peggy continues, "Being called to Sacred Heart Monastery has been a true journey of self-awareness, love and support. Making Perpetual Profession is the continuation of this journey, growing closer to God and being one with community. It wasn’t until I deepened my search for God that I found my inner peace, love and joy. I pray that God may bless you." Her family joined the Sisters in the joyful celebration of her profession. A reception was held in the monastery chapter room after the ceremony.