Vocation Stories

The Spirit will help you find the courage you need...

Sister Tonette Sperando, OSB

Life offers us many adventures and winding roads. The key to happiness is finding the path that leads to an inner wholeness. For me, that wholeness did not occur until I finally stopped running from the journey to which God was calling me. When I finally accepted that…

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Sister Madeline Contorno

God is indeed enough to satisfy all the restless yearnings of the human heart...

Sister Madeline Contorno, OSB

I grew up in the decade of the ‘60’s in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a chaotic time of social unrest, deep questioning, a quest for relevancy and meaning. It was a time of violence, civil disobedience, and high idealism. Young people like myself felt a new age was…

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Sister Therese Haydel

The rhythm of prayer, work, and community felt more natural than anything else I had ever experienced...

Sister Therese Haydel, OSB

I grew up in a Roman Catholic family in New Orleans, LA and attended Catholic schools for elementary, secondary and college education. A few vowed religious were on staff at these schools and influenced my vocation discernment process. I was six years old the first time that I…

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Sister Mary McGehee

The call to give my life to God was planted in me from birth, and it never stopped...

Sister Mary McGehee, OSB

Sister Mary’s Vocation Story is on video below.  She also shares with us here the way in which she approaches times of solitude, intentional times in which she is able to listen to God more deeply and rest from the intensity and pace of her ministry. “Most years…

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Sister Michelle St. Marie

It was through my experiences with the monastic community that I began thinking about religious life as a possibility for me...

Sister Michelle Renee St. Marie, OSB

I was born in Ohio, which is a predominantly Catholic part of the country. I went to Catholic elementary school for grades 1-4 but transferred to the public school system for the rest of my education. I did attend CCD until making my confirmation in 10th grade. It…

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Sister Kathleen Christa Murphy

My soul soared as I heard the Sisters sing the Psalms...

Sister Kathleen Christa Murphy, OSB

I entered my Benedictine community the day before my 50th birthday. My life’s journey began in Western Massachusetts. That is where I was born and where I lived for the first 44 years of my life. It was a largely Catholic area, so my older brother, sister and…

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Sister Elisabeth Meadows

Coming as I did from a strong, affectionate, close-knit family, the sustained bond of a monastic to her particular community was important to me...

Sister Lynn Elisabeth Meadows, OSB

My religious vocation seems both absolutely intuitive and completely unlikely. I was raised in the Protestant tradition and was not familiar with Catholic religious life other than as portrayed in the media. I did not have Sisters as role models or teachers since the Protestant tradition had, for…

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