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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 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.

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Sister Jennifer Schaaf, OP

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.

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Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ

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 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 Nicole Varnerin, SND

How does a millennial electrical engineer become a Catholic Sister?

Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

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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Sister Sara Fairbanks, O.P.

"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 Tonette Sperando, OSB

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 Laura Nettles, FSPA

June 9, 2020

There needs to be a balance in navigating the roles of daughter and Catholic sister. Community supports that balance and encourages me to take time for myself yet pushes me when I need it. Parents can be at ease knowing their children can still be their children and be sisters.

Sister Laura Nettles, FSPA

Sister Paulette Skiba, BVM

June 4, 2020

“I didn’t want to just do this for one year or two years, I wanted it to be my life.”

Sister Paulette Skiba, BVM

Sister Ann Clark, CPPS

June 4, 2020

“God gets you where God wants you to be.” I have made that statement many times in my life. I say it partially to convince myself because where God wants me is not always where I want to be.

Sister Ann Clark, CPPS

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.

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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