Tell Us Your Story!

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Since inception, SisterStory has been working to collect and share the lives and stories of women religious as told by themselves as well as the women and men for whom they had impact. Up to this point it has been our student oral historians and staff collecting these stories, but we want to go beyond our reach – we want to hear from you, learn about you, and most specifically learn about a sister who has affected you. With the rise of smart phones it has become incredibly easy to record a voice memo and we would like to utilize that technology for you to share your stories with us so we can share them with all who listen to our podcasts, watch our videos, and read our blog posts.

To help you know what we are looking for we will be releasing episodes of SisterStory Presents: that feature stories we have captured from some of the wonderful people who have become a part of the organization. These are meant to be short, could be anecdotal, but most importantly are your experiences representing lives impacted.

How to record a voice memo

If you have an iPhone, you can use the built-in Voice Memo app. All you have to do is open the app and press the big red button to record. Once you’ve finished, press “Done,” and email the file to It’s that simple!


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Android users—all you need to do is download one of the many voice recording apps from the Google Play store (like Voice Memos or Smart Voice Recorder) and send your file to

How to make your voice memo awesome!

Here are some tips:
• Try to go somewhere quiet and cozy. The best place to do it is in an enclosed room with the door shut.
• Don’t hold your phone like a phone! When you’re recording, hold your phone flat, at chest level, with the microphone facing you.
• Start off by telling us your first name and where you’re from. We want to make sure we attribute your story to you!
• Keep it short and sweet. We will accept whatever length it takes for you to share your story, but the intention is to capture stories told succinctly and in a short amount of time.

And there you have it! It’s that simple.

By sending your audio file to, you consent that SisterStory has the right to use the file, your voice, and the submitted story in any form and on any SisterStory forum, including the podcast SisterStory Presents:, as well as on SisterStory and National Catholic Sisters Week, or other electronic media, Internet, wireless or mobile platforms, whether now known or hereafter created.

We can’t wait to hear from you! To download these instructions click here!

Garrett Tiedemann

About Garrett Tiedemann

Garrett Tiedemann is a radio producer, journalist, filmmaker and composer. In addition to being Media Director at SisterStory he works for American Public Media covering the breadth and depth of composed music for YourClassical and Classical Minnesota Public Radio while also producing films, music videos, music and the podcast The White Whale via his production company CyNar Pictures. As a freelancer he has lent production and compositional approaches to the podcasts Vanishing Ink, The Organist, Here Be Monsters, ARRVLS, Life of the Law, and Top Score.