Discernment Stories

From Service to Sisterhood, a Catholic Volunteer Network initiative, supports congregations of women religious. This three-year program, supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, helps communities of sisters launch new volunteer programs and gives more opportunities for our volunteers and alumni to dig in to their vocations. You can read more about this initiative here. Information about our grant opportunities for congregations of women religious is available here.

Read "The track from volunteering to vocations" by Sr. Janet Gildea, SC, featured in NCR's Global Sisters Report.

 Would you like to share your discernment story with us? We would love to hear from you! Please contact Carol Lackie at clackie@catholicvolunteernetwork.org


'Everything I was missing could be found in religious life'

By Annie Klapheke
Former Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member

"This experience of direct service, community living, and a simple lifestyle began a slow transformation within me; a transformation that would continue to evolve in the coming years."

How one volunteer heard her life calling through service

By Kelly Schuster
Former Salesian Home Missioner

"Within those classrooms and the small youth ministry office God called me to be a Salesian Sister. What started as just a year of service post college opened the doors of my heart for Christ to call me to my life’s vocation."

Making a Lifetime of Difference

By Sr. Meg Kymes, D.C.
Former Vincentian Service Corps volunteer

"When I came to VSC, I was hoping to find a career path and meet some new people along the way, but I did not count on one year making as big a difference in my life as it has."