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
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
Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM)
Sr. Lynn Mousel
The Congregation of the Humility of Mary is a group of strong, dedicated sisters and associates rooted in prayer and spirituality. Listening to the call of the Spirit as our world has changed, we have been involved in various ministries, with special emphasis on working for justice, helping to meet the needs of the poor and caring for Earth and all of creation. Currently we sponsor shelter and housing programs for persons experiencing homelessness. Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, which provides spiritual renewal in a quiet country setting, is another significant community-sponsored ministry.
Learn more at www.chmiowa.org
Divine Word Missionaries (SVD)
Mr. Len Uhal
Divine Word Missionary priests and brothers are men of prayer and faith serving where the Gospel has not yet been preached or where the local church still needs assistance. Each of us is involved in a particular, unique ministry as we spread the Word of God. There are over 6,000 of us ministering in over 80 countries worldwide. We believe that His Mission is our Mission. Our international and intercultural communities are a witness to God’s Kingdom.
Learn more at www.svdvocations.org
Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
Ms. Michelle Horton, Sr. Mary Ann Nelson, Sr. Mary Ellen O’Grady
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)
Sr. Amy Taylor
Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters (Ssps)
Sr. Aprilia Untarto
The Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters are an international and multicultural missionary community of more than 3,000 women ministering in 50 countries. Called by the Spirit, we embrace the world and are sent to people of diverse cultures, religions and backgrounds. To be a Holy Spirit Missionary at this time in history is both a gift and a challenge. We have been drawn together by the Holy Spirit from many nations as a community of sisters. It is quite an experience to live community in a little U.N. and as international teams to work for the needs of the people to whom we are sent. Each of us has to be ready to stretch ourselves and think outside of the box as we spread God’s love and joy to all.
Learn more at www.ssps-usa.org
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)
Ms. Lori Ritz
The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary are a community of Catholic women. We follow in the footsteps of our Irish foundress, Mary Frances Clarke, who answered God’s call to serve immigrants in the United States in 1833. Our core values of freedom, education, charity and justice guide our lives and choice of ministry. Today, we minister in 16 states and two foreign countries as educators, pastoral ministers, counselors and advocates for the elderly and immigrants. Our commitment includes joining with others to work for justice and to care for Earth.
Learn more at www.bvmcong.org
Sisters of Mercy (RSM)
Sr. Kathleen McClelland
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
Sisters of St. Benedict (OSB)
Sr. Stefanie MacDonald
As Benedictine Sisters, we promise to seek, listen to and be transformed by God all our lives ... and we promise to do it together. We pray daily together. We live in community together. And while we go out for such ministries as education, parish work and outreach to those who struggle on the margins, we come home every evening for Vespers, dinner and time together.
Learn more at www.smmsisters.org
Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque (OSF)
Sr. Pat Doody and Ms. Julie Tebbe
Rooted in the Gospel and in the Spirit of Francis and Clare, we live in right relationships with all creation. In our personal, communal and public life, we commit to ongoing conversion as we deepen our relationship with Mother Earth and Sister Water; stand with persons who are poor; make peace and practice non-violence. This is who we are; this is what the global community can expect of us.
Learn more at www.osfdbq.org
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (PBVM)
Sr. Jessi Beck
The Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary are Catholic women dedicating their lives to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by living in community, vowing to live simply, celibately and with shared responsibility. Presentation Sisters nurture a relationship with Christian lay women and men through the Associate Partnership Program as they further the mission of Foundress Nano Nagle and foster the Presentation spirit and charism of hospitality. Each sister commits herself to the contemplation of God and to service within the church.
Learn more at www.dubuquepresentations.org