My Vocation Story – Sister Marie Goretti Browning

Ursuline Sister Marie Goretti Browning was taught by Ursuline Sisters and Sisters of Loretto. Two of her brothers were Passionist priests and her sister, Jane, joined the Ursulines and changed her name to Sister Clarita. But it was none of these people who showed the woman born Isabel Browning that her future should be with…

My Vocation Story — Sister Ann Patrice Cecil

When Sister Ann Patrice Cecil was growing up on a farm her father managed along the outskirts of Owensboro, Ky., the two constants in her life were faith in God and an appreciation of the land. “I was fascinated by watching things grow,” she said. “In the evening as a young child, I would stand…

My Vocation Story – Sister Eva Boone

Sister Eva Boone’s earliest memories are of her farm home in Howardstown – a small community “nestled in a valley surrounded by the beautiful knobs of central Kentucky.” The knobs – the wooded, cone-shaped hills so distinctive to Nelson and surrounding counties – provided a physical and spiritual setting for Sister Eva’s childhood. “I believe…

My Vocation Story – Sister Marietta Wethington

(Sister Marietta went to heaven on May 26, 2022.) Sister Marietta Wethington’s mother never asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. “My mother was a very spiritual woman and she encouraged spirituality in us,” Sister Marietta said. “She taught me to pray about my vocation. She said, ‘Ask what God wants…

My Vocation Story – Sister Rebecca White

Sister Rebecca White’s earliest memories are of her family’s cotton farm in rural Glennonville, Mo. “From the time I was 4, I worked in the cotton fields,” she remembers. Here, in the fertile lowlands of the Missouri Boot heel, schools opened in July and closed for a “cotton-picking vacation” in October, so that the children…

My Vocation Story – Sister Marie Montgomery

Two of Ursuline Sister Marie Montgomery’s paternal aunts were the 13th and 16th members of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Sister Mary Bernard Montgomery (who entered in 1901) and Sister Mary Columba Montgomery (who entered in 1902). Her second cousin, Sister Mary Paul Montgomery, entered in 1907. Her father’s niece, Sister Mary Constantia…

My Vocation Story – Sister Joyce Marie Cecil

For Sister Joyce Marie Cecil, “Little House on the Prairie” is not just her favorite TV series. “I love it so much,” she says, “because it reminds me so much of my early life on the farm. Working in the soil and watching things grow helped me to become contemplative at a very young age.”…

My Vocation Story – Sister Mary Henning

Sister Mary Henning can’t remember when there wasn’t music in her life. “My dad played guitar by ear,” she recalls, “and every morning, before her daily work, just for a few minutes, Mom would sing and play on her small organ – familiar songs like ‘That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine.’” It’s no surprise that…

My Vocation Story – Sister Kathleen Dueber

Sister Kathleen Dueber had an aunt who was a Dominican Sister, a great aunt who was a Franciscan Sister, and cousins who were Sisters of Charity and of Loretto. It’s fair to say that religious life was on her mind as she grew up. Her aunt who was a Dominican visited often. “I got to…

My Vocation Story – Sister Marie Bosco Wathen

Sister Marie Bosco Wathen had an older sister who was an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, and she had three Ursuline Sisters as teachers in grade school and five more in high school. Her thoughts about religious life, however, didn’t begin with wanting to become a sister. “My first vocation was to become a…