A Nun's Life Logo

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Religious Life

What is the difference between a sister and a nun?

January 16, 2013

The terms "nun" and "sister" are often used interchangeably. However within Roman Catholicism, there is a difference between the two. Here's a simple summary of the differences.

IGF040 In Good Faith with Sister Michele Morek, OSU

Podcast Recorded: November 13, 2020

Our guest, Sister Michele Morek, talks about life as a Catholic sister and her work at Global Sisters Report, at the United Nations, as a professor of biology, and a congregational leader.  

In Good Faith podcast with Sister Michele Morek, OSU

Top 10 Fave Things I Love About Nuns

Blog Published: July 6, 2016

There are SOOOO many things to love about nuns! From their sense of adventure to their dedication to the common good -- the list is practically endless!

AS230 Ask Sister - Just your average sinner, holiest of all, Team Jesus healers

Podcast Recorded: July 1, 2020

Topics: Just your average sinner, holiest of all, Team Jesus healers. 

Just your average sinner, holiest of them all, Team Jesus healers

Are sisters and nuns considered "Clergy"?

Blog Published: December 30, 2013

Sister Maxine and I got some questions last night while we were live Tweeting and Facebooking the holiday episode of "Call the Midwife" (which was FABULOUS). We were asked about nuns and sisters being considered "clergy."

Miss Sister 2008 – a beauty contest for nuns??

Blog Published: August 25, 2008

An Italian priest is organizing an online beauty pageant for Catholic nuns “to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.”

The Role of Lay Associates in Religious Life

Blog Published: January 5, 2007

First things first … Lay affiliates or associates are women and men who wish to formally associate themselves with a religious community, their mission and spirituality. Not all congregations have associates, and those that do vary in the formation process and the degree to which associates can be involved in the life of the congregation.

Nuns: Perceptions and Assumptions

Blog Published: May 28, 2007

It is not often that I feel compelled to respond to someone’s comment in an actual post. But a recent comment touches on nun issues that I hear from folks from time to time. I am grateful for those who articulate how they feel about nuns even when it takes the form of respectful criticism. Your feedback is important and helps us nuns to reflect seriously on our ministry and life and on how people perceive us.