While in a theology school, our professor sparked an exciting topic for discussion about the nun’s vocation. He asked whether older women could become nuns. Most of us were not informed about the requirements for one to become a nun, which prompted the professor to give us an assignment about the topic. I visited a close-by convent to get first-hand information. Since that was not enough, I inquired about other religious orders to get comprehensive information by visiting some other denominations that had nuns. Recently, on my online Christian forum, we discussed catholic nuns. One of the members asked whether they have an age limit and whether older women can become nuns. I easily answered since I had researched while in theology school about the topic. So, can an older woman become a nun?
Older women can become nuns. However, it depends on the specific religious order. Some have age limits that may restrict older women from applying. Most orders have an age limit of 40-45 years. On the other hand, some accept older women as long as they meet the requirements, such as being currently unmarried.
Please join me in the article below as we discuss the dynamics of age limits while seeking to be a nun. I have highlighted whether a previously married or divorced woman can become a nun. Also, learn whether one can become a nun after 60 years. Read on to find out more.
What is the age limit for Catholic nuns?
The age limit for Catholic nuns varies by order. The religious order refers to a community or group of either men or women who have vowed a life of chastity, poverty, and obedience in service to God. Despite belonging to the Catholic denomination, orders may have different requirements, such as age limits.
For instance, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia’s age limit is 30, the Sisters of St.Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis age limit is 19 – 45, and the Sisters of Notre Dame have an age limit of 20 – 45. According to Catholic History, the initial age limit for joining Catholic nuns was 25. However, over time they lowered the limit to 18 years.
Can a previously married woman become a nun?
A previously married woman can become a nun depending on the religious order one wants to join. Most religious orders accept previously married women to join. In fact, based on history, many religious orders started with previously married women.
However, a previously married woman can become a nun only after marriage annulment. The religious order may turn down the application if one has not officially divorced.
Can you become a nun after 40 years?
Yes, one can become a nun after 40 years. There are various religious orders, each having its requirements for women who wish to join as nuns. Some have an age limit of 40 years, while others have a higher age limit of 45. In rare instances, there are religious orders that have no age limit. If one is 40 years and wishes to be a nun, they should research to see where they fit.
Ensure you meet other requirements such as being Catholic, unmarried, having emotional and mental stability, and having an educational background. Some require teaching since most religious orders operate educational institutions such as schools, colleges, and campuses.
How do you become a nun after 60 years?
Most religious orders have an age limit of 40-45 years. A woman of 60 years or more may be limited from joining. However, some religious orders may accept applicants of 60 years or more as long as they meet the requirements. Some of these include being a Catholic, free of debt, psychological and physical health, not being currently married, and cannot have children under 18 years.
According to Victoria Forner, a theology writer, most religious orders have an age limit for a common reason. She argues that younger nuns are likely to be more receptive to new traditions and attitudes that nuns custom themselves to.
One of the requirements that religious orders look into while assessing the applicant is their health. Part of a nun’s vocation may include ministry work that may challenge someone with underlying health conditions. In this context, as one ages, health deteriorates, which may influence the decision to accept one’s application.
Can you become a nun after divorce?
Most religious orders accept applications from women who are divorced. For instance, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis state they welcome divorced women to apply. They further describe that the church should be able to recognize the annulment. Also, they say the divorce should be three years past the divorce experience. Therefore, one needs to look at the specific requirements for the particular religious order.
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