Sister Sandy Peterson

I grew up in Freedom and attended St. Nicholas School. My teachers, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, inspired me by their love of God and concern for their students. I began to feel a call to follow the sisters’ lifestyle, and in 1963 I was professed.

For 17 years I taught first and second grade in three schools. By then there was an increasing need in parishes for pastoral ministry. Serving in four parishes the next 26 years was a great joy for me, as I loved the variety of working with people of all ages.

In October, 2008, my mother, who was 92, broke her hip, and could no longer live alone. My community gave me permission to be her caregiver. For three years I had the privilege of giving back to my mother who had always shared so much love with me.

After my mother passed away, I did some volunteer service for St. Nick’s. Divine Providence must have been at work, because Sister Carol Haanen, pastoral associate, was contemplating retirement. In June of 2012, I became part of the staff.

My life has come full circle as I started out in Freedom and am now back home again. God is good!