List of Famous Nuns People

List of Famous Nuns

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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 people 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. (43 items)


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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
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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
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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
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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: age 92
    • Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Nun, Televangelist
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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 of ...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
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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 and ...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
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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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    Pema Chodron appeared in the Crazy Wisdom documentary film.more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Nun, Writer, Philosopher, Teacher
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    Marie-Marguerite d'Youville
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    Saint Marguerite d'Youville was a French Canadian widow who founded the religious order the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal, commonly known as the Grey Nuns of Montreal. She was canonized by Pope John-Paul II of the Roman Catholic Church in 1990.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1701-1771)
    • Birthplace: Varennes, Canada
    • Profession: Nun, Nurse
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    Jeanne Mance was a French nurse and settler of New France. She arrived in New France two years after the Ursuline Nuns came to Quebec. Among the founders of Montreal, Canada in 1642, she established its first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, in 1645. She returned twice to France to seek financial ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1606-1673)
    • Birthplace: Langres, France
    • Profession: Nun, Nurse, Nursing
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    Christina the Astonishing

    Christina the Astonishing, also known as Christina Mirabilis, was a Christian holy-woman born in Brustem. She was considered a saint in her own time. Christina receives attention today for the strange descriptions of her miracles as much as for her faith. Her memorial day is 24 July. This servant of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1150-1224)
    • Birthplace: County of Loon, Belgium
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    Andrea Jaeger
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    Andrea Jaeger is a former World No. 2 professional tennis player from the United States whose brief but highly successful tennis career ended prematurely due to major shoulder injuries. Jaeger reached the singles final of Wimbledon in 1983 and the French Open in 1982. She reached the singles semifinals ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Tennis player, Nun
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    Kathleen P. Deignan, C.N.D., is an Irish-American theologian, author and sacred song writer who has been engaged in the ministry of liturgical musicianship for over forty years. She is currently composer-in-residence of Schola Ministries and is the founder and director of Iona Spirituality Institute at ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Nun, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
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    Joan Chittister

    Sister Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B. is a Benedictine nun, author and speaker. A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, where she served as prioress for 12 years, Sister Joan is an author and lecturer. She also writes a web column for the National Catholic Reporter, "From Where I Stand".more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Profession: Nun
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    Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, O.S.F., was a famous German Franciscan Sister and artist. She is noted for the artwork which became the popular Hummel figurines.more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1909-1946)
    • Birthplace: Massing, Germany, Germany
    • Profession: Nun, Artist
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    Leonella Sgorbati

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    Leonella Sgorbati
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    Sister Leonella Sgorbati was an Italian Roman Catholic nun who was murdered in Somalia shortly after controversial comments by Pope Benedict XVI concerning Islam. She was born Rosa Maria Sgorbati, and she changed her name when she became a nun. Changing one's name at consecration is common in Catholic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1940-2006)
    • Birthplace: Gazzola, Italy
    • Profession: Nun
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    Ealhswith
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    Ealhswith or Ealswitha was the wife of King Alfred the Great. Her father was a Mercian nobleman, Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini, which is thought to be an old Mercian tribal group. Her mother was Eadburh, a member of the Mercian royal family, and according to the historian Cyril Hart she was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (852-905)
    • Birthplace: Mercia, England
    • Profession: Nun
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    Ani Pachen was a Tibetan Buddhist nun who led her clan in armed rebellion against China.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1933-2002)
    • Birthplace: Gonjo County, China
    • Profession: Nun, Rebel
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    Rev. Mother Dolores Hart is an American Roman Catholic nun and former actress. She made ten films in five years, playing opposite Stephen Boyd, Montgomery Clift, George Hamilton and Robert Wagner, having made her movie debut with Elvis Presley in Loving You. By the early 1960s an established leading ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Nun, Actor
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    Emilie Dionne

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    • Age: Died at 20 (1934-1954)
    • Profession: Nun
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