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Vocation Stories

We love bringing you stories of sisters and nuns who have responded to God’s call through a religious vocation. Every vocation story is unique and full of wisdom, prayer pro-tips, and “a-ha” moments! So whether you’re discerning a call to religious life or seeking information on how to discover your vocation, we pray each of these stories will provide you with inspiration for your journey.

Vocation Stories

Sister Bea Tiboldi, OP

One day in my late twenties, as I was watching Mamma Mia, I heard the song, “Take a Chance on Me” by ABBA. I felt my attention wandering away from the movie, and sensed being tapped on the heart by God. Thus, I chose to take a risk and see where God would take me.
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Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

How does a millennial electrical engineer become a Catholic Sister?
Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

Sister Phuong Vu, OP

From Communist Vietnam to a new life in America--it wasn’t until I attended my first three-day Ignatian Spirituality retreat that I truly felt the real presence of God. In the silence of the retreat, I began to understand God’s unconditional love for me through his persistence, companionship, and guidance.
Sr. Phuong Vu, OP

Sister Rita Godhino, CSC

God often uses people in our lives to speak to us, to meet us where we are in life. Read how Sister Rita felt God calling her to something new.
Sister Rita Godhino, CSC

Sister Mary Therese Krueger, PVBM

"What are you waiting for?" asked one of the sisters at the 'Dubuque's Got Sisters' weekend that I was attending for the third time. These words hit home as I found myself without an answer.
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Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P.

"One of the first things I did when I went away to college was to quit going to church."
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Sister Karen Arce, OCSO

I was tired of longing for something more. So in my prayer that day, kneeling before the tabernacle I said, "I do not care where, today I renew my consecration to you, where I am."
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Sister Jennifer Schaaf, OP

Although it wasn’t without twists and turns, and many questions along the way, I’ve found my identity in being Dominican: preaching the Good News of God’s love, especially to the poor and marginalized.
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Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

November 6, 2019
How does a millennial electrical engineer become a Catholic Sister?
Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

Ellen Coates, OP Novice

October 24, 2019
"I am becoming a Sister because I want to be more fully in service to God, and come to know God better."
Novice Ellen Coates

Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P.

October 15, 2019
"One of the first things I did when I went away to college was to quit going to church."
Sister-Sara-Fairbanks, O.P.

Sister Rita Godhino, CSC

August 8, 2019
God often uses people in our lives to speak to us, to meet us where we are in life. Read how Sister Rita felt God calling her to something new.
Sister Rita Godhino, CSC

Sister Mary Therese Krueger, PVBM

August 3, 2019
"What are you waiting for?" asked one of the sisters at the 'Dubuque's Got Sisters' weekend that I was attending for the third time. These words hit home as I found myself without an answer.
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Ji Choi, Candidate

June 5, 2019
Searching for true happiness, Ji Choi realized her heart held the clarity, the direction and the voice of God.
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Sister Elise Cholewinski, OSF

April 9, 2019
Can Jesus say of me--"There isn't a thing she wouldn't do for me."
Sister Elise Cholewinski, OSF

Sister Debra Weina, SSJ-TOSF

February 27, 2019
The process of discernment taught me that Sisters are human, community life is messy and conflicts happen--and once I embraced this I could move forward and live the gift of who I was to this world.
Sr-Debra-Weina