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 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 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 Sharlet Wagner, CSC

Since I was a child, the images of dance and dancing have spoken to me. So I was thrilled when I heard for the first time the country and western song, I Hope You Dance, by Lee Ann Womack.
A Nun

Sister Mary Kabat, OSF

God desires that we each find that path that will allow us to grow to be the persons we were created to be in God’s mind and heart. For me, religious life is that choice and that journey.
A Nun

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.
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 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

AS200 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Poor Clares of Montana

Podcast Recorded: September 7, 2017

AS200 Ask Sister podcast recorded live with the Poor Clares in Great Falls, Montana. See the Motherhouse Road Trip page for photos, travel journal and more!  

A Nun

AS198 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, in Wichita, Kansas

Podcast Recorded: July 20, 2017

AS198 Ask Sister podcast recorded live with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, in Wichita, Kansas. See the Motherhouse Road Trip page for photos, travel journal, and more! 

A Nun

Sister Lisa Perkowski, IHM

July 14, 2017
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

AS197 Ask Sister - visit to national basilica, feeling guilty about vocation, a nunly life, religion questions for extraterrestrials.

Podcast Recorded: June 21, 2017

AS197 Ask Sister podcast recorded live with Sister Maxine and soon-to-be-Sister Jane. Topics: visit to national basilica, feeling guilty about vocation, a nunly life, religion questions for extraterrestrials.

anunslife-podcast-headphones-grado

Sister Ana Gonzalez, OP

June 6, 2017
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

AS196 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of Loretto in Littleton, Colorado

Podcast Recorded: May 11, 2017

AS196 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on May 11, 2017. Motherhouse Road Trip with the Sisters of Loretto in Littleton, Colorado.

A Nun

Sisters of Loretto

Trip Date: May 11, 2017

Catch all the action from our trip to Littleton, Colorado—travel journal, photos, podcast, and more—here on the Motherhouse Road Trip travel page!

A Nun

AS194 Ask Sister - Motherhouse Road Trip with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, Alabama

Podcast Recorded: March 8, 2017

AS194 Ask Sister podcast recorded live on March 8, 2017. Sponsored by aNunsLife.org ministry. Motherhouse Road Trip with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, Alabama.

A Nun