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Sister Boram Lee poring over a text.

Lights, camera—convent!

🕔27. Jun 2017

Sister Boram Lee started out with a bright career in broadcasting, but direction from God led her to religious life.

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Sister Theodora Hawksley plays guitar during a service in the community chapel.

A beginner sister keeps saying yes

🕔28. Jun 2017

From her exciting decision to enter religious life to an intense inner journey to grace-filled moments in ministry, here’s one woman’s experience of discernment as a brand-new sister.

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Gregory Marcantel with his daughter on her investiture day.

Proud family watches sister’s first steps

🕔27. Jun 2017

Starting life as a Catholic sister is a big change: for the newly minted sister and her family too! When Angelique Joy Marcantel entered religious life, her family saw her off with a mix of emotions and camera in hand.

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Sister Christina C?e Chavez, C.D.P.

A providential Google search: Profile of Sister Christina Cńe Chavez, C.D.P.

🕔20. Jun 2017

God’s call can be slow and quiet; and it can be strong and sudden. After some subtle clues that a religious community might be the place for her, Sister Christina Cńe Chavez, C.D.P. was at her grandmother’s funeral when she felt a strong message to devote herself to Christ. Soon after, she picked up her phone and Googled “How do you become a nun?” and the VISION Vocation Match website popped up. That began an earnest journey that eventually brought her to the door of the Congregation of Divine Providence in her home state of Texas.

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A young Escuela Móvil student is proud of his work, and Sister Ely Carrasco, C.D.P. is just as proud of him.

Street-wise sisters on a roll

🕔15. Jul 2016

Many poor children in Querétaro, Mexico struggle to go to school. Thanks to the Sisters of Divine Providence, school comes to them.

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Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, C.S.J. talks to kids from Hour Children foster care home

Sister T: A mom to moms behind bars

🕔15. Jul 2016

Everyone knows “Sister T,” who high-fives her way down the streets of Queens, New York. She has helped thousands of women inmates and their kids get through prison terms and rebuild their lives.

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Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J.

Ugandan sister mends lives

🕔15. Jul 2016

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, S.S.H.J. is helping to create a future for victims of civil war with care, compassion—and sewing machines.

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The night before the investiture ceremony, Jennifer Meissonnier and other women in formation had a vigil procession and celebration

Desert nuns find an oasis in sisterhood

🕔15. Jul 2016

The bold step of becoming a nun is nourished by tradition, ritual, symbols—and hugs.

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Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, O.P.

Call her Sister Mary Exuberant: Profile of Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, O.P.

🕔15. Jul 2016

Xiomara Méndez-Hernández grew up in a large, close family and had no intention of joining a religious community. She had a talent for fashion design and launched a career in that field. But after meeting the Adrian Dominican Sisters, she couldn’t shake the thought of living as they did. “It took me 13 years to listen to that voice in my heart,” she says. “It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I did!”

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Sister Sandra Lyons, O.S.F. and Sister Carolyn Muus, O.S.F. in front of the Bernardine Center.

Feeding the poor enriches the lives of sisters

🕔27. Jul 2015

For two Bernardine Franciscan sisters, vocation has led to a long, rich life of service and prayer.

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Sister Maria Kim-Ngân Bùi, F.S.P.

Saying “yes” to the Lord every moment: Profile of Sister Maria Kim-Ngân Bùi, F.S.P.

🕔23. Jul 2015

The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Sister Maria Kim-Ngân Bùi, F.S.P. grew up in Tempe, Arizona with plans for a career, children, and plenty of family nearby. “I dreamed of my siblings and cousins purchasing homes in a cul-de-sac so all the children could play in the center.” She met a Daughter of St. Paul through her parish, and as her faith grew, so did her call to religious life. Many people, she says, “have continued to inspire and enflame my love for the Lord.”

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Sister Colleen Gibson, S.S.J. with her friend Elyse Raby

Why being single and living as a sister aren’t the same

🕔23. Jul 2015

How living as a sister—instead of a committed single person—helps one young woman be her best self.

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Taking my vows to heart

🕔22. Jun 2008

When I was a novice I was intensely learning our values of communal and private prayer, work, study, leisure, and hospitality. Today, I'm trying to take what I have learned and actually apply it to real life.

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A new sister looks at the vows

🕔22. Jun 2008

As my life shifts and takes new turns, I continue to grow in my experience and understanding of the vows that will anchor my life: poverty, chastity, and obedience.

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Stopping long enough, I heard God’s call

🕔22. Jun 2008

I had succeeded in athletics and my career, and I had never lacked materially. But all of that paled to insignificance after being at the Queen of Angels Monastery.

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A free spirit finds her niche

🕔22. Jun 2008

The past 30 years have been a wild ride—one I would not have missed for the world.

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A wild ride with the Holy Spirit

🕔22. Jun 2008

When you're on a life adventure, you never know what's awaiting you around the next bend. "My life has gotten larger, yet more intimate."

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Sr. Helen Prejean

Fighting for life: Sr. Helen Prejean and the death penalty

🕔17. Nov 2014

“Are people worth more than the worst thing they have done?” This is what Sr. Helen Prejean of the Congregation of St. Joseph challenged students at the University of Michigan to ponder while speaking on campus in November about her calling to advocate against the death penalty.

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For Sister Jamie Phelps, life’s joys outweigh struggles

🕔22. Jun 2008

Whatever Sister Jamie Phelps, O.P. “gave up" to become a religious sister, has “come back a hundredfold," says the educator, psychiatric social worker, community organizer, liturgist, choir director, spiritual director, and theologian.

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Picture this: Profile of Sister Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, C.S.S.F

🕔22. Jul 2014

If you think being a sister is only for people who are always proper, serious types, think again. Felician Franciscan Sister Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, C.S.S.F. enjoys dancing, saving earthworms, and telling about the time she got her whole 12th-grade religion class to stage a practical joke. At the same time Sister Desiré is quick to reveal her passion for the mission and the camaraderie she has found in religious life.

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Online door never closes on discerners

🕔22. Jul 2014

Nothing gets the two founders of aNunsLife.org excited like helping people figure out what God might be calling them to do with their lives.

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Sister Khoo talking to students

Why I’m a Catholic sister

🕔22. Jul 2014

After being “put on hold” by God when praying about her vocation, a little bell finally went off to point the way.

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A heart yearning to help: profile of Sister Guerline Joseph, F.M.A.

🕔25. Jul 2013

Sister Guerline Joseph grew up in a devout family of Haitian immigrants. She dreamt of being a flight attendant or maybe a professional athlete, but at the same time Feed the Children TV commercials made her heart yearn to help others. She donated enough to regularly hang photos of “her kids” on the family refrigerator. Then one day she met the Salesian Sisters through their youth ministry and her journey into religious life began.

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A sister’s journey: Be open to your own holiness

🕔23. Jul 2013

Joining a religious community’s lay organization led unexpectedly to consecrated life for Sister Nicole Trahan, F.M.I.

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Emptying myself for God

🕔23. Jul 2013

A volunteer in Africa found that in a time of great uncertainty, God’s call became crystal clear.

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How I let go of old ideas

🕔24. Jul 2012

My choice to enter religious life was not only about ministry or being part of a group, but more about a conversion to thinking about things differently, to throwing whatever gifts I may have into the ring to help foster the reign of God.

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In search of the missing piece of myself

🕔24. Jul 2012

When I met with my spiritual director after a retreat, I told him I believed I was being called to religious life. He said, “What took you so long?

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The education of Sister Bridget Bearss, R.S.C.J.

🕔24. Jul 2012

When she was young, Bridget Bearss wanted to change the world through education. As a sister, she’s found a way to do it.

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Called, and called again

🕔23. Jul 2012

Entering the door of religious life led this Sister of Mercy to the fulfillment of her dreams, and beyond.

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Six compelling excuses for not becoming a nun—debunked

🕔23. Jul 2012

Don’t see yourself becoming a religious sister? Think again.

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A searing presence

🕔09. Jul 2012

Religious sisters, at their best, were never meant simply to be a labor force in the church but spiritually grounded women who respond vigorously to the needs of our time.

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Testing the waters of my vocation

🕔09. Jul 2012

What drew me, a 30-something high school teacher, to monastic life? From my first visit to the monastery in Virginia, I felt a tug on my heart. Each time I returned, I could feel myself falling more deeply in love with the life

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Sister Dorothy Stang: Her dying shows us how to live

🕔22. Jun 2008

Sister Dorothy Stang, an advocate for the peasant farmers in the rainforests of Brazil, made powerful enemies who eventually gunned her down as she read from scripture.

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The power of positive energy

🕔11. Jun 2012

While not all nuns are incredibly positive people, the ones in the worst material circumstances or doing the most difficult work with the least attractive populations, do tend to radiate a kind of energy that inevitably attracts notice. So what is it with us nuns?

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Portrait of a sister in the making

🕔11. Jun 2012

An inside look to following life of Brenda Velasco as she enters into life with the Sisters of Providence

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God had a few surprises in store

🕔11. Jun 2012

Ten years ago, I was a happy little New Ager. I had my crystals and a psychic. Now I am teaching religion to elementary school students. What happened? It’s a long story . . .

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The best decision I ever made

🕔06. Jun 2012

I realized that volunteering for a few years in church service was not enough. God was asking me to radically give over my life. At age 26, I finally took the plunge and entered the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, New York.

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From my beachfront condo

🕔06. Jun 2012

I had to ask myself: At the end of my life, what would be the one thing I regretted not trying? So here I am living with about 230 sisters and basking in an incredibly passionate relationship with God

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Community life: How the many became one

🕔05. Jun 2012

Sharing and openness with the other sisters is built up little by little. In community we are not necessarily living with our best friends, so it takes time and a sense of growing in trust to share faith this deeply.

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Why I'm giving religious life a try

🕔05. Jun 2012

A persistent yet gentle voice began to ask questions and offer a way of life that was previously anathema to me and all my plans for the future. I had a sense of Christ inviting me to something more.

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Soeur Martine: Le HLM est son couvent

🕔15. Aug 2011

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Sisters form a colorful bouquet

🕔19. Jul 2011

The unique call to sisterhood draws a wide array of followers.

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Call me sister

🕔21. Jul 2010

“You have to be strong in your identity—who you are and whose you are,” says Sister Patricia Ralph, S.S.J., and “not allow anyone to take your dream away.”

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Teacher first, sister always

🕔11. Jul 2009

For Sister Lee Ann McNally, R.S.M., ministering to prisoners started as a new adventure, but it was also an extension of the work she is sure God had in mind for her right from the start.

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Serving as the finger of God

🕔09. Jul 2009

The Oblate Sisters of Providence want the world to feel the touch of God’s love, and they’re working on it one child at a time.

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How a 16th-century nun guides me in religious life

🕔09. Jul 2008

As a child Sister Julie Vieira chose Saint Teresa of Avila as a confirmation name and pretty much forgot about her. But over the years Teresa remained with this I.H.M. sister, waiting for Sister Julie to come by her convent cell and chat awhile.

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