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List of famous nuns, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top nuns in the world? This includes the most prominent nuns, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable nuns is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic nuns were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned nuns.

List features famous Catholic sisters of history and now like Mother Teresa and Maura Clarke. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known nuns to the lesser known nuns of today, these are some of the best professionals in the nun field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous nuns ever?" and "What are the names of famous nuns?" then you're in the right place.
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with her family being of Albanian descent originating in Kosovo. Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of ...more

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Age: Died at 87 (1910-1997)

Birthplace: Skopje, Yugoslavia

Profession: Nun, Teacher

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Maura Clarke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Sister Maura Clarke, M.M., was an American Roman Catholic Maryknoll Sister, who served as a missionary in Nicaragua and El Salvador. She worked with the poor and refugees in Central America from 1959 until her murder in 1980. She was beaten, raped, and murdered, along with fellow missionaries Jean ...more

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Age: Died at 49 (1931-1980)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Nun

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Anna Vyrubova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova, née Taneyeva, was a lady-in-waiting, the best friend and confidante of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna. Vyrubova was the longest-surviving figure in the intrigue involving Rasputin and the Imperial couple. ...more

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Age: Died at 80 (1884-1964)

Birthplace: Oranienbaum, Germany

Profession: Nun, Nurse, Author, Lady-in-waiting

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Mother Angelica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, PCPA is an American Franciscan nun best known as a television personality and the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network. In 1944, she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, a Franciscan religious order for women, as a postulant, and a year ...more

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Age: 92

Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Nun, Televangelist

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Elizabeth Ann Seton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C., was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She established the first Catholic school in the nation, at Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1774-1821)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Nun

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Sor Juana is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H., was a self-taught scholar and poet of the Baroque school, and Hieronymite nun of New Spain, known in her lifetime as "The Tenth Muse." Although she lived in a colonial era when Mexico was part of the Spanish Empire, she is considered today both a Mexican writer ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1651-1695)

Birthplace: Tepetlixpa, Mexico

Profession: Nun, Poet, Mathematician, Writer

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Hildegard of Bingen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Saint Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B., also known as Saint Hildegard and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Hildegard was elected magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136; she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in ...more

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Age: Died at 81 (1098-1179)

Birthplace: Bermersheim vor der Höhe, Germany

Profession: Nun, Physician, Composer, Writer Philosopher

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#7 on The Best Medieval Composers, Ranked

#3 on The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

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Pema Chödrön is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Nuns
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Pema Chodron appeared in the Crazy Wisdom documentary film. ...more

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Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Nun, Writer, Philosopher, Teacher

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