Why I’m a Catholic sister
BY SISTER SU FERN KHOO, V.D.M.F.
HAT MADE YOU WANT to be a nun?” That’s what the teens and
young adults I work with frequently ask when they muster up
enough courage. They think it’s an intrusive question, but I think
it’s a good one, and when they ask it takes a few minutes but I tell them this
story of prayer, longing for God, frustration, and finally understanding that ar-
rived in the midst of a bus ride.
God’s “busy signal”
I remember well the day God gave me a big hint about my vocation. I recall
storming angrily into the university chapel after an argument with my boyfriend.
Our conflict was adding to my inner turmoil from weeks of trying to figure out
what in the world God really wanted with my life. So far the quick response to
anyone asking me if I wanted to be a nun was a definite: “No, I am not going to
be a nun. It never even crossed my mind.” And it hadn’t—until more than two
people asked me the same question in the same week.
After being “put on hold” by God when praying about her
vocation, a little bell finally went off to point the way.
you want to be
a nun?” That’s
what the teens
adults I work
ask when they
Sister Su Fern
Khoo, V. D. M.F. is
a member of the
Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. She is the
religious education coordinator
for adults and
youth at St. Anthony Church in
Long Beach, California. She also
at the Verbum
Center in Long