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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 LaKesha Church, C.PP.S.

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 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 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 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

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.

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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 Mary Fleig, OCD

"I frequently find myself wondering why God called me to this life and what I have to offer."

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Sister Mary Therese Krueger, PVBM

"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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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

Sister Edie Crews, CSA

February 14, 2020

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

Sister Betsy Conway, CSJ

December 16, 2019

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 Connie Bach, PHJC

November 21, 2019

I learned over and over that God always has a way of writing straight with crooked lines!

Sister Connie Bach PHJC

Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

November 6, 2019

How does a millennial electrical engineer become a Catholic Sister?

Sister Nicole Varnerin, SND

Ellen Coates, OP Novice

October 24, 2019

"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 Sara Fairbanks, O.P.

October 15, 2019

"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 Rita Godhino, CSC

August 8, 2019

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