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Peter SSF

Brother Peter is currently based at The House of the Divine Compassion in Plaistow and was professed in October 2010

In 1991, the year when the Soviet Union collapsed and Latvia regained its independence, the head teacher of our school decided to invite some students from the RC Seminary to give us an input about Christianity: every fortnight a young priest would come and talk with us, a class of rebellious and sceptical teenagers. Despite my secular background and upbringing these sessions made a deep impression on me and before long I became a believer. Even though my faith at that time was rather immature, none the less, it was a turning point – I recognised that God existed.

However, time went by and sadly my initial zeal began to fade and I became more and more preoccupied with the excitement of exploring adult life. As a result, instead of seeking God and his peace, I was rushing headlong into the realm of illusions only to be torn apart by my desires and cravings.

Mercifully, about 5 years ago, my perspective of life began to change, I realised that my pursuit of happiness was bound to be agonising and futile until I woke up and started to listen to the voice of God within me. The longing to become what I am called to be, a child of God, became overwhelming and I felt drawn to join a religious community. I approached SSF and in April of 2007 I was admitted as a postulant.

My 4 years in community has been the most precious and enlightening time of my life. Through God’s grace I became aware of things about myself and the world that I was unable to grasp before. It is here where I have met many inspiring people and have read some amazing books. Being in the community is a wonderful gift for which I am very grateful.