I was born in McCook, Nebraska, one of eight children. My father was a traveling salesman and later owned a grocery store. My mother labored in love at home raising the children. All six brothers and one sister have been quite successful. One of my older brothers is a Franciscan Priest, Fr. Bernard Geiger, O.F.M.Conv.
I was inspired on my spiritual journey and deeply influenced by my patron saint, Therese of Lisieux. After reading an autobiography of Saint Therese, I decided at the young age of 13 that I, too, could live in a contemplative way. The way I try to live is reflected in this quote from Saint Therese, “You know well enough that Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.” I try to carry out all my tasks with love.
My journey to the Benedictine way of life began at Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas, in January, 1951. My ministry was education and music to small communities in Kansas and Colorado. I have known the pain of illness in my life and was dispensed from my monastic vows for ten years while living in Lafayette, Colorado. In 1980, I remember one special moment while sweeping her kitchen floor when I heard the still, gentle voice calling from within, “It is time for you to go back.” I then entered Benet Hill Monastery, a daughter house of Mount Saint Scholastica. I loved to create simple, beautiful candles for community celebrations, prayer services, and gifts. I served on the Worship Team, played the organ, and spent many hours creating inclusive language for our community’s worship songs.
Note from the Prioress: Sister Olive Therese currently resides in the healthcare unit at the monastery. She still has a passion for God’s creation and spends many sunny days enjoying the beauty at the monastery outside with her walker. She faithfully reads the newspaper and attends the Liturgy of the Hours. When one encounters Sister Olive Therese, one comes closer to knowing patience, gentleness, and a compassionate servant.