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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 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 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 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."

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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 Mary Therese Krueger, PBVM

"What are you waiting for?" asked one of the sisters at the 'Dubuque's Got Sisters' weekend that I was attending for the third time. These words hit home as I found myself without an answer.

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Ji Choi, Candidate

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

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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 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