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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 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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Ji Choi, Candidate

Searching for true happiness, Ji Choi realized her heart held the clarity, the direction and the voice of God.

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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 Connie Bach, PHJC

I learned over and over that God always has a way of writing straight with crooked lines!

Sister Connie Bach PHJC

Sister Debra Sciano, SSND

“Unity in diversity” is what drew Sister Debra Sciano to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and “unity in diversity” is what continues to motivate her in her ministry as a lawyer whose practice focuses on family mediation.

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Ellen Coates, OP Novice

"I am becoming a Sister because I want to be more fully in service to God, and come to know God better."

Sister Ellen Coates, OP

Sister Lisa Perkowski, IHM

I was quietly discerning becoming a sister, thinking I had to know for sure whether I wanted to be a sister before approaching the vocation director.

Sister Lisa Perkowski

Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA

Choosing to become an FSPA in mid-life was not an easy change, but it has brought me peace that surpasses all understanding. As a member of this community, I am challenged to authentically be all that I can be.

Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA

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.

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Sister Phuong Vu, OP

February 22, 2019

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 LaKesha Church, C.PP.S.

January 24, 2019

Sister LaKesha had been on a long and unusual road of discernment. In fact, she started discerning religious life even before she became Catholic. Read how prayer sustained her on this journey of faith.

Sister LaKesha Church

Sister Mary Fleig, OCD

November 6, 2018

"I frequently find myself wondering why God called me to this life and what I have to offer."

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Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA

October 25, 2018

Choosing to become an FSPA in mid-life was not an easy change, but it has brought me peace that surpasses all understanding. As a member of this community, I am challenged to authentically be all that I can be.

Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA