DAVA Feb 2021

Who is DAVA?

Dubuque Area Vocation Association (DAVA) was formed in 2000 as a collaborative vocation ministry effort among various religious communities in the Dubuque, Iowa, area and the Archdiocese of Dubuque. It has since expanded to include members along the Upper Mississippi Valley. DAVA members recognize, acknowledge and affirm the baptismal call of all Christians and they reach out to nurture, promote, encourage and help those who feel called to religious life.

Meet DAVA Vocation Ministers

A vocation is a call from God to be the person you are most meant to be! Every vocation is sacred and is a way to give one’s life to God. DAVA members are available to accompany those discerning their vocation and provide programs for groups who want to learn more.


Cistercian Monks of Strict Observance (Trappists)

Br. Paul Andrew Tanner

As Cistercian Trappist Monks, we dedicate our time and energy in the midst of community life to a balance of prayer, sacred reading, and manual labor. In our vocation in the Church, we witness to the world that God is the center of our life.

Learn more at www.newmelleray.org

Email: vocations@newmelleray.org

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Cistercian Nuns of Strict Observance (Trappistines)

Sr. Myra Hill

Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a community of women who belong to the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. Trappistines (our popular name) follow the Rule of St. Benedict and live a contemplative life built on the triad of prayer, spiritual reading and manual labor. Guests are welcome for times of retreat and to share the prayer of the sisters at any time.

Learn more at www.mississippiabbey.org

Email: vocations@olmabbey.org


Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM)

Sr. Lynn Mousel

Committed to a life of simplicity, humility and joy, the CHM sisters are inspired by Mary’s Magnificat.  We participate in a variety of ministries dedicated to social justice and supporting those in need, in keeping with our life of searching and serving.

Learn more at www.chmiowa.org


Email: searching@chmiowa.org

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Divine Word Missionaries (SVD)

Fr. Adam MacDonald, Mr. Len Uhal

We are a religious congregation of Catholic missionary priests
and brothers who minister in over 80 countries around the world.
Members serve in a variety of ministry settings proclaiming the
Good News through the biblical apostolate, communications,
mission animation and justice, peace and the integrity of
creation ministries..

Learn more at www.svdvocations.org




Email: luhal@dwci.edu


Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa (OP)

Sr. Priscilla Torres, Ms. Michelle Horton

As Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, we are called to proclaim the Gospel through the ministry of preaching and teaching in order to participate in the building of a holy and just Church and society.

Learn more at www.sinsinawa.org


Email: rfm@sinsinawa.org

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

Sr. Jacinta Jackson, Sr. Julia Walsh

We are a community of vowed Franciscan women centered in the Eucharist, committed to be a loving presence through prayer, witness and service.

Learn more at www.fspa.org





Blog/Pocast: messyjesus.com

Email: discerning@fspa.org

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Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (Ssps)

Sr. Aprilia Untarto

We are an international and an intercultural missionary
community of more than 3,000 women ministering in 48
countries around the globe. Called by the Spirit, we embrace the
world and are sent to people of diverse cultures, religions and
backgrounds. We work in health care, education, pastorals, social
concerns and many more.

Learn more at www.ssps-usa.org


Email: auntarto@gmail.com

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Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)

Ms. Lori Ritz

We are a community of Catholic women religious who, in response
to a personal call from God, have chosen a vowed life of prayer,
ministry, and community. We express our mission of being freed
and helping others enjoy freedom in service to God’s people
through our core values of freedom, education, charity and justice.

Learn more at www.bvmcong.org


Email: newmember@bvmcong.org

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Sisters of Mercy (RSM)

Sr. Priscilla Moreno

Inspired by the life of Jesus and by our founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated. The Sisters of Mercy are women of faith who commit our lives to God and our resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world.

Learn more at www.sistersofmercy.org



Blog: sistersofmercy.org/connect 

Email: pmoreno@mercysc.org


Sisters of St. Benedict (OSB)

Sr. Stefanie MacDonald

We are the Sisters of St. Benedict, a monastic community formed by the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict. We seek God and create sacred space within self, community and the world, so that we are instruments through which love, justice and peace are manifest and God is glorified.

Learn more at www.smmsisters.org


Email: smacdonald@smmsisters.org

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Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque (OSF)

Sr. Janet May

We are Dubuque Franciscans who are rooted in the Gospel and
in the Spirit of Francis and Clare with the desire to live in right
relationship with all creation.

Learn more at www.osfdbq.org


Email: mayj@osfdbq.org

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Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)

Sr. Jessi Beck

We are Catholic women called by God to a vowed commitment
of living the Gospel through prayer, service, and community. Our
Presentation mission is to offer hospitality, hope, and love to the
world, confront injustice, and work for peace.

Learn more at www.dbqpbvms.org





Email: vocations@dbqpbvms.org

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Maryknoll Missionaries (MM)

Mr. Greg Darr

Maryknollers cross borders to transform lives and communities
around the world. As missionary priests, sisters, brothers and
laity, we live and serve among the poor, oppressed and those who
dwell on society’s margins. Together with them, we proclaim the
healing, liberating and reconciling Good News of Jesus Christ.

Learn more at www.maryknoll.org

Email: vocation@maryknoll.org


Missionary Oblates Of Mary Immaculate (OMI)

Fr. Paul Dass Selvaraj

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are an international apostolic religious congregation of 6,000 Priests and Brothers dedicated to proclaiming Jesus Christ the Savior and His Kingdom to the poor and the most abandoned. Our ministries include preaching, prison chaplains, hospital chaplains, School of Theology, ministry on the borders in south Texas and more.

Learn more at oblatesusa.org/

Email: pselvaraj@omiusa.org