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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 Monika Bies, OCD

A personal relationship with the God whom I love, and who loves me, in the service of God’s people always played an important role in my life.

Sister Monika Bies, OCD

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 Phuong Vu, OP

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 Barbara Kelley, OP

I discovered from a quote attributed to St. Augustine: "You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”, that restlessness characterized the search for my vocation during my young adult years.

Sister Barbara Kelley, OP

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 Debra Weina, SSJ-TOSF

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, SSJ-TOSF

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

Searching for true happiness, Ji Choi realized her heart held the clarity, the direction and the voice of God.

Ji-Choi-candidate

Sister Megan McElroy, OP

November 5, 2020

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

Discerning a vocation? What to do when our vocation finds us first.

Blog Published: October 27, 2020

Ever have the experience of looking for something, like car keys or a cell phone, just to find that it’s right before your eyes? Sometimes vocations are like that.

Vocation finds us first

Sister Barbara Kelley, OP

October 15, 2020

I discovered from a quote attributed to St. Augustine: "You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee”, that restlessness characterized the search for my vocation during my young adult years.

Sister Barbara Kelley, OP

Sister Monika Bies, OCD

October 1, 2020

A personal relationship with the God whom I love, and who loves me, in the service of God’s people always played an important role in my life.

Sister Monika Bies, OCD

Sister Annie Killian, Novice

October 1, 2020

Experiencing contemplative prayer in community awakened in me the call to religious life.

Sister Annie Killian, Novice

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