After tiring of the rat race Joseph Sullivan entered the monastery at the age of 30 in the hopes of finding greater purpose and meaning. Joseph took the name of Brother Peter as a way to mark a new beginning.
Two years after entering the monastery his beloved sister Nina passed away after a 9 year painful battle with Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy. The unbearable loss inspired him to begin drawing out the memories he had of his sister. This is when he discovered a latent artistic talent. He says, “The death of Nina was the Master Alchemist who transmuted deep anguish into creative energy. I felt the loss of her so deeply I felt I was losing my sanity. It wasn’t until I reached a point of utter despair where I suddenly realized, the seeming finality of death, was merely an illusion. Death is an awakening into greater consciousness. This sudden realization happened as if it were a kind of download. At that point, faith transformed into knowing.”
Presently, Brother Peter knows his new calling is to bring this knowledge to those who are open to it. He envisions a life where he will inspire others to fully realize there is nothing to fear. He says, “Most suffering comes out of the fear of loss. When death of any kind is no longer feared, than fear becomes the greatest ally. Fear was a Spiritual Master who stood in front of me every single day. I saw Fear as my greatest enemy. I now realize Fear offered me the opportunity to grow into a greater awakening, and for that I am most grateful.”
– Brother Peter Sullivan, OSB