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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 Ana Gonzalez, OP

Sister Ana volunteered with the sisters at the local Dominican convent and considered a vocation to religious life, but Sister Ana had other priorities: paying her college loans and embarking on her career. How did her time with the sisters shift her perspective?

Sister Ana Gonzalez, OP

Sister Jane Riha, OSF

A vocation is a gift of God, a gift for one’s journey of life and a gift for others. As a young teenage girl, I was attracted to my particular community by how the Sisters gave witness. They were joyful, prayerful, relational women, clearly at ease with people.

Sister Jane Riha, OSF

Sister Mery Cari Paz, PBVM

One day, without even thinking, I found myself knocking on the door of the Sisters of the Presentation in Entre Ríos. What was I thinking!?

Sister Mery Cari Paz, PBVM

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

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 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 Mary Therese Krueger, PBVM

"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 Edie Crews, CSA

February 14, 2020

Several Sisters were members of my parish folk choir; at one point I looked at them and thought: "do I dare ask to be a sister?" I didn't know if they would accept me because I was from a divorced family.

Sister Edie Crews, CSA

Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ

December 16, 2019

As a Sister of St. Joseph, living God’s story of love for all of us, I have come to know that we are, as Jesus dreamed, all One, as he is in God and God is in him.

Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ

Sister Connie Bach, PHJC

November 21, 2019

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

Sister Connie Bach PHJC

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."

Sister Ellen Coates, OP

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, PBVM

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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