List of famous female nuns, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female nuns list contains the most prominent and top females known for being nuns. There are thousand of females working as nuns in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic nuns have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a nun then the people below should give you inspiration.
List features people like Mary MacKillop, Hildegard of Bingen and more!While this isn't a list of all female nuns, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female nuns?" and "Who are the best female nuns?"
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 Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children's and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience as well ...more
Age: Died at 87 (1910-1997)
Birthplace: Skopje, Yugoslavia
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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 Donovan and Sisters Ita Ford, M.M., and Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., in El Salvador, by members of a military death squad of the military-led left-wing government fighting the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front at the time of the Salvadoran Civil War. ...more
Age: Died at 49 (1931-1980)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of Americasee more on Maura Clarke
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
Age: Died at 80 (1884-1964)
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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 later she was admitted to the order as a novice. She went on to find a new house for the order in 1962 in Irondale, Alabama, where the EWTN is headquartered, and in 1996 she initiated the building of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of the Angels monastery in Hanceville, Alabama. Mother Angelica hosted shows on EWTN until she suffered a stroke in 2001. She is a recipient of ...more
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States of Americasee more on Mother Angelica