Born and raised in Victoria, Sister Eileen Curteis entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann in August of 1961, at age nineteen.

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Sister Eileen Curteis entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann in August, 1961, at age nineteen. For 27 years, she was involved in education as a teacher and principal. She has subsequently delved into the eastern healing art of Reiki as a teacher and practitioner for even longer. In November of 2018, Sister Eileen Curteis released her 12th book entitled Exposed, which she views as the the culmination of her gifts as a poet, artist and writer. She is also the producer of three films and seven CDs.

She is also the author of Risk (The King's Men, 1975), Sojourner, Know Yourself (Sisters of Saint Ann, 1993), Moving On (Ekstasis, 1997), Wind Daughter (Ekstasis, 1998), Dance of then Mystic Healer (Sisters of Saint Ann, 2001) and Soul Travel (Sisters of Saint Ann, 2002). Complete with a CD, she self-published her autobiographical account of a healing journey through writing and music in Reiki: A Spiritual Doorway to Natural Healing (Victoria: Trafford, 2004 $29). She was residing at Queenswood, a retreat and spiritual growth centre administered by the Sisters of Saint Ann in Victoria. "She'll never forget age thirty-nine," Curteis writes, "the year of the monumental breakdown where she falls apart in front of God, country and everyone. It's a great lesson in humility. One day she's the principal of a school and three months later she's like a two year old who can't put her words together."

She is related to the Curteis family after whom Curteis Point takes its name near Sidney.

[BCBW 2019]