Videos - Sisters Share Their Vocation Stories

Sister Mandy Carrier on Facebook Live

On March 16, 2017, Sister Mandy Carrier was on Facebook Live as part of National Catholic Sisters Week 2017. A chef at The Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Sister Mandy talked about what drew her to Mercy, her ministry as a chef, including some of her favorite foods to cook, community life and her spirituality.

Sister Jenny Wilson on Facebook Live

On March 10, 2017, Sister Jenny Wilson was on Facebook Live as part of National Catholic Sisters Week 2017. A teacher at NativityMiguel School in Buffalo, New York, Sister Jenny talked about what drew her to Mercy, her ministry as a teacher, the vows she professes, community life and her spirituality.

Watch another Sister Jenny video on this page, where she shares more about her call to religious life.

Sister Maria Rosario Gaite

A native of the Philippines, Sister Maria Rosario moved to Guam with three friends in 1991. She wanted to be a teacher and the Sisters of Mercy had an opening at Santa Barbara School in Dededo, Guam. She found herself attracted to the Mercy passion for education, strong leadership and commitment to serving young people.

Since 1997, Sister Maria Rosario has served as vice principal of Santa Barbara, a coeducational school of about 450 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. She professed perpetual vows in 2000.

Here she shares about her call to religious life.


Sister Ivette Diaz

Meet Sister Ivette-

Raised in the Bronx in New York by her parents who were from Puerto Rico, Sister Ivette first felt the desire to deepen her prayer life while in high school. She connected with a couple of Sisters of Mercy but had no desire to become a nun. After graduating from high school, she went away to college, and became a typical college student. But her desire to deepen her prayer life and to be of service with other women, continued to tug at her. So one year after graduating from college, Sister Ivette entered the Sisters of Mercy.

Here she describes how her vocation has blossomed by seeing the face of God in a death row inmate who is like a son to her.


Sister Roslyn Bacchus

Sister Roslyn lives and teaches at an orphanage in Guyana, South America. In 2015 she professed her first vows as a Sister of Mercy.

When she was just 8 or 9 years old, she knew that she wanted to be a Sister of Mercy. Here she shares how she desires to be just as compassionate and merciful as the Sisters of Mercy around her, reaching out to the people of God.


Sister Patty Moriarty

After graduating from college, Sister Patty entered the business world. Despite being very active in her parish and in her spiritual life, she wasn’t feeling fulfilled. So she left her job, started volunteering and began discerning her call to religious life.

Sister Patty visited several different religious orders before deciding to enter the Sisters of Mercy. Here she shares about her call and how she knew Mercy was the best "home" for her.

Sister Jenny Wilson

Sister Jenny professed her perpetual vows as a Sister of Mercy in 2015. She teaches at NativityMiguel Middle School in Buffalo, New York.

Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Sister Jenny Wilson had never met a sister even though she grew up Catholic. She always thought that she was going to have kids. Then, after she served two years in Guyana with the Sisters of Mercy there, her relationship with God deepened. She was attracted to the sisters and their deep passion for service. Here, she shares more about her call to religious life.

Watch Sister Jenny's Facebook Live video on this page to learn more about her community, ministry and spirituality.

Sister Linda Bechen

Sister Linda Bechen entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1981. Over the years, she has been a teacher, in pastoral ministry and a vocation minister.

For the past four years, she was a parish life coordinator for four rural parishes near Anamosa, Iowa. With two aunts who were Sisters of Mercy and a Catholic education, Sister Linda Bechen, RSM, spent most of her life around the Sisters of Mercy community. While she considered religious life as a young woman, it wasn’t until much later that she knew she had to answer God’s call. Here she shares how her journey to religious life unfolded.