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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

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 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 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 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 Elise Cholewinski, OSF

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

Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

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

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."
A Nun

Sister Edie Crews, CSA

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

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.
Ji-Choi-candidate

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

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."
A Nun

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

Sister Jennifer Schaaf, OP

April 26, 2018
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.
A Nun