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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 LaKesha Church, C.PP.S.

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 Nicole Varnerin, SND

How does a millennial electrical engineer become a Catholic Sister?

Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

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 Megan McElroy, OP

Being part of a family – “whether spiritual or natural” – reminds us that we are not alone in life or faith. How blessed are we to be a part of the imagination of God!

Vocation Story by Sr. Megan McElroy, OP

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.

A Nun

Sister Ellen Coates, 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 Mary Fleig, OCD

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

A Nun

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 Chela Gonzalez, OP

June 2, 2020

In sharing my story, I call out to other young women who might be feeling an emptiness in their lives, or a whisper that there is something bigger.

Vocation Story

Sister Elyse Ramirez, OP

May 20, 2020

To be honest I did not consider being a sister until I fell in love with one of the greatest guys God ever created and we began making plans for a life together.

Sister Elyse Ramirez, OP

Sister Jane Riha, OSF

May 15, 2020

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 Tonette Sperando, OSB

May 7, 2020

A wise Sister once advised me: “Tonette, live your life and live it to its fullest potential. If God is calling you to a religious vocation, you will not be able to run from it. Enjoy yourself, and let God do the controlling.”

Sister Tonette Sperando, OSB

Sister Mery Cari Paz, PBVM

March 20, 2020

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 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