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Favorite old-timey nun habits

Which order had the most beautiful and elegant habit? Pre-Vatican II.

by Anonymousreply 116March 21, 2023 1:21 AM

Here's a divine young Audrey Hepburn in a series of costume tests for THE NUN'S STORY.

It takes a lot to really make a wimple work.

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by Anonymousreply 1February 23, 2023 8:45 PM

Definitely the Daughters of Charity!

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by Anonymousreply 2February 23, 2023 8:50 PM

Yes, the DOC definitely went all in.

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by Anonymousreply 3February 23, 2023 8:52 PM
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by Anonymousreply 4February 23, 2023 8:53 PM

The Order of the Sisters of San Tanco

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by Anonymousreply 5February 23, 2023 8:56 PM
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by Anonymousreply 6February 23, 2023 8:57 PM

Lutheran nuns ... who knew?

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by Anonymousreply 7February 23, 2023 8:58 PM

Another French order...

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM)...Marymount nuns:

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by Anonymousreply 8February 23, 2023 8:59 PM
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by Anonymousreply 9February 23, 2023 9:03 PM

These nuns have a terrible habit...

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by Anonymousreply 10February 23, 2023 9:08 PM

I call this nun's habit, "Oops I did it again"

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by Anonymousreply 11February 23, 2023 9:10 PM
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by Anonymousreply 12February 23, 2023 9:13 PM
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by Anonymousreply 13February 23, 2023 9:15 PM

I have a soft spot for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. My favourite aunt was a DOLSH and she wore this habit until Vatican 2. I just loved the heart shaped wimple!

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by Anonymousreply 14February 23, 2023 9:22 PM

What was the kind of nun with the bonnet Meryl Streep played in "Doubt"?

by Anonymousreply 15February 23, 2023 9:27 PM

School Sisters of Notre Dame!

by Anonymousreply 16February 23, 2023 9:27 PM

St. Francis Academy Sect

by Anonymousreply 17February 23, 2023 9:30 PM

Sisters of Our Ladies of the Trapezoid

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by Anonymousreply 18February 23, 2023 9:30 PM

Sisters of Perpetual Dorkiness

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by Anonymousreply 19February 23, 2023 9:35 PM

The habits of nuns in Fellini films always gave me a chuckle.

by Anonymousreply 20February 23, 2023 9:38 PM

School Sisters of Notre Dame

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by Anonymousreply 21February 23, 2023 9:44 PM

For those of you who had the Sisters of Mercy pre-Vatican II, here is a video of a contemporary sister showing how they used to put on the many components of the habit.

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by Anonymousreply 22February 23, 2023 9:55 PM

[quote] Sisters of Our Ladies of the Trapezoid

Oh, dear.

Try Sisters of Our Lady of the Trapezoid.

One Lady (The Blessed Virgin Mary) not “Ladies”

by Anonymousreply 23February 23, 2023 9:58 PM

The Dominicans

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by Anonymousreply 24February 23, 2023 10:00 PM

The Catholic grade school I attended was staffed by the Daughters of Charity.

As punishment for some infraction of the rules I don't even remember, I had to stay after school. The nun took me to the convent, then to the basement laundry room. I had to scrape the caked off starch from the forms they used in laundering the breast plates and bonnets (or whatever they were called). Talk about drudgery.

by Anonymousreply 25February 23, 2023 10:02 PM

The Daughters of Charity with the large winged cornette? Or the Sisters of Charity who wore bonnets?

by Anonymousreply 26February 23, 2023 10:07 PM

Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul

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by Anonymousreply 27February 23, 2023 10:09 PM

Daughters of Charity

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by Anonymousreply 28February 23, 2023 10:10 PM

I saw taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the 1960s. In first grade, Sister Maureen was playing dodgeball with us. I hit her on the top of her whimple and it crumpled on her head. She laughed, but I ran home, thinking I was going to hell. My mother called the convent to ask her to speak to me to say it was OK.

by Anonymousreply 29February 23, 2023 10:18 PM

My mother attended St. Mary's School, an Episcopal girls' boarding school in Sewanee, Tennessee. It was run by the Community of St. Mary, an order of Anglo-Catholic ("high church") nuns. Based on my mom's old yearbooks from the '50s, the cornettes they wore were almost identical to the ones the San Tanco gurls wore in [italic]The Flying Nun.[/italic]

by Anonymousreply 30February 23, 2023 10:19 PM

R30 - these nuns?

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by Anonymousreply 31February 23, 2023 10:24 PM

Sweet story, R29

by Anonymousreply 32February 23, 2023 10:26 PM

Yes, R31. St. Mary's in Sewanee was part of the OSM Southern Province.

by Anonymousreply 33February 23, 2023 10:27 PM

^ Whoops, *CSM*

by Anonymousreply 34February 23, 2023 10:28 PM

Television! It is the portal to much happiness.

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by Anonymousreply 35February 23, 2023 10:48 PM

The cornette

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by Anonymousreply 36February 23, 2023 11:07 PM

Very interesting video!

by Anonymousreply 37February 25, 2023 4:48 PM

I don’t can’t what you wear, as long as you bow to me, and call me Mother Superior.”

by Anonymousreply 38February 25, 2023 5:06 PM

Eve was weak.

by Anonymousreply 39February 25, 2023 10:03 PM

Plumb, R39?

by Anonymousreply 40February 27, 2023 4:03 PM

Knock yourselves out.

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by Anonymousreply 41March 17, 2023 6:57 AM

Here's a good one...

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by Anonymousreply 42March 17, 2023 6:09 PM


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by Anonymousreply 43March 17, 2023 6:32 PM

If you want god to love you like he loves me, you'll need a green silk cape and red shoes.

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by Anonymousreply 44March 17, 2023 6:36 PM

I don’t know which order, but it’s fantastic.

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by Anonymousreply 45March 17, 2023 6:44 PM

That's not a cape.

It's a chasuble.

by Anonymousreply 46March 17, 2023 6:44 PM

R45, Sisters of the Holy Cross. Not an easy headdress to create or maintain.

by Anonymousreply 47March 17, 2023 6:45 PM

r46 I think that green liturgical vestment that Benny is sporting there might actually be a DALMATIC. Hard to say definitively, it's been awhile since I was an altar boy. 😇

by Anonymousreply 48March 17, 2023 6:49 PM


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by Anonymousreply 49March 17, 2023 6:49 PM


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by Anonymousreply 50March 17, 2023 6:50 PM


There is no way that the pope is wearing a dalmatic. Dalmatics are worn by deacons.

The late pope is wearing a chasuble.

This is a dalmatic.

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by Anonymousreply 51March 17, 2023 6:53 PM

Dalmatics have sleeves.

Chasubles do not.

by Anonymousreply 52March 17, 2023 6:55 PM

R45, the CSC sisters were known as the Sunflower Sisters because of their distinctive headdress. I think it looks like a halo.

by Anonymousreply 53March 17, 2023 7:05 PM

R53, I do too.

by Anonymousreply 54March 17, 2023 7:08 PM

I'm wearing green silk drawers to match my cape!

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by Anonymousreply 55March 17, 2023 7:27 PM


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by Anonymousreply 56March 17, 2023 7:32 PM

The distinctive headdress of the CSC Sisters required much labor to produce (not to mention starch). Here is a video of the "coif machine" they used to make those many pleats.

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by Anonymousreply 57March 17, 2023 8:09 PM

r46/r51/r52 I will always give a hat🎩 tip to anyone with superior knowledge. Chasuables have obviously changed since my early church days. I remember them not being longer than knee-length, unless the priest happened to be unusually short. Safe to assume Benedict's chasuble was tailor-made(Off the rack? Say it isn't so!)

by Anonymousreply 58March 17, 2023 8:57 PM

Bronzie, you likely are referring to the so-called "fiddleback" chasubles that priests of the Roman Rite used to wear prior to the Second Vatican Council.

Yes, I suspect that Benedict had tailor-made vestments unless some of them are from an old Vatican collection. Chasubles don't really need to be custom tailored unless a priest is especially short or tall.

Thank you for the hat tip!

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by Anonymousreply 59March 17, 2023 9:29 PM


Vatican II put the kibosh for most part on those elaborate headgear for female religious. That and many were just not suited to modern times including restricting peripheral vision. Many of those head dresses were great for keeping custody of the eyes; but not so good for navigating busy urban streets after invention of motor vehicles or otherwise being aware of one's surroundings.

by Anonymousreply 60March 17, 2023 9:47 PM

R14, it made them look like barn owls.

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by Anonymousreply 61March 17, 2023 9:55 PM

You are 100% correct, R60.

Vatican II instructed religious communities (particularly of women) to adapt their dress to the times.

The Vatican II document on religious, "Perfectae Caritatis," states that

[quote] The religious habit, an outward mark of consecration to God, should be simple and modest, poor and at the same becoming.

by Anonymousreply 62March 17, 2023 10:02 PM

EDIT: "...and at the same time becoming."

by Anonymousreply 63March 17, 2023 10:03 PM

That’s a really interesting story that r7 posted, the Lutheran nuns originally from Germany ran a guesthouse for Holocaust survivors in Israel. Guests stayed for free. It was closing because remaining survivors were becoming too old to travel.

by Anonymousreply 64March 18, 2023 1:22 AM

Would the priest clothing queens tell us what kind of underwear priests wear?

by Anonymousreply 65March 18, 2023 2:35 AM


Some female RC orders had to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up their traditional holy habits for something modern.

On other side of things many blame Vatican II for mass exodus of women out of holy orders and many what remained "hotbeds of radical lesbianism".

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by Anonymousreply 66March 18, 2023 3:16 AM

In many ways religious life for RC women pre Vatican II (say before WWII and bit afterwards) versus what came afterwards by say 1980's or so was like night and day.

World seen in film or described in book "the Nun's Story" largely had gone or at least been updated from both contemplative and active orders.

Vatican II helped solve issues for RC women such as "Sister Luke" by saying there were other ways for them to be useful besides holy orders.

"Sister Luke's" problem was he wanted to be an excellent nurse first, but not always so much a nun. Her constant refusal to bend and ignore self will and follow the rule got her in trouble again and again.

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by Anonymousreply 67March 18, 2023 3:21 AM

Above being said same advice along those lines had long been given out to postulants and others considering convent or abbey. Mother Abbess in "Sound of Music" was quite correct in telling Sister Maria walls of that abbey were not built for hiding behind, but women had to sort themselves out, facing their problems instead. In short to live life they were born or should live.

In Sister Maria's case Mother Abbess knew she was not ever going to make a great or even good nun. OTOH Fraulein Maria would make an excellent wife and mother; something the RC also put a high value upon.

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by Anonymousreply 68March 18, 2023 3:27 AM

Let's have a fashion show!

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by Anonymousreply 69March 18, 2023 3:37 AM

Disgraced former DOJ head William Barr at r6.

by Anonymousreply 70March 18, 2023 3:39 AM

Nuns always seem to be wearing coarse woolen underwear that chafes and irritates their lady nethers.

by Anonymousreply 71March 18, 2023 3:40 AM


Best there has ever been; Vatican fashion show from Fellini's "Roma"

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by Anonymousreply 72March 18, 2023 4:04 AM

As Rex Mottram quips in Brideshead Revisited, no one puts on a show like the Catholics.

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by Anonymousreply 73March 18, 2023 4:16 AM

Some of these are excellent. but I was taught by the Sisters of Charity and theirs was ... not among the best.

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by Anonymousreply 74March 18, 2023 4:34 AM

Daughters of Charity wore famous cornette from 1685 until 1964.

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by Anonymousreply 75March 18, 2023 4:49 AM


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by Anonymousreply 76March 18, 2023 4:50 AM

Change of habit even made the NYT.

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by Anonymousreply 77March 18, 2023 4:52 AM

For those who like a good read and want all the details.

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by Anonymousreply 78March 18, 2023 4:54 AM

Old versus new habit.

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by Anonymousreply 79March 18, 2023 4:56 AM

I don't know what the Pope is wearing, but I'm betting he's not wearing underwear.

by Anonymousreply 80March 18, 2023 4:58 AM


Caps worn by student nurses and alumni of Saint Vincent's hospital schools of nursing in NYC were loosely modeled on cornette of Daughters of Charity.

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by Anonymousreply 81March 18, 2023 5:03 AM


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by Anonymousreply 82March 18, 2023 5:04 AM

R14 wow. Looks like Penny Marshall to me!

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by Anonymousreply 83March 18, 2023 5:09 AM

Sister of Charity there on the right R81.

by Anonymousreply 84March 18, 2023 5:12 AM


Long and complicated story regarding Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity.

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by Anonymousreply 85March 18, 2023 5:20 AM

[quote] On other side of things many blame Vatican II for mass exodus of women out of holy orders

The sacrament of holy orders is the sacrament of ordination. Women never receive holy orders—just bishops, priests, and deacons—which makes them members of the hierarchy.

Women religious (both sisters and nuns) and brothers and monks are technically lay people who make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, but they are neither ordained (holy orders) nor are they members of the hierarchy.

by Anonymousreply 86March 18, 2023 5:16 PM

True! Women can receive only six of the seven sacraments.

Men, on the other hand, can receive all seven. Even one particular man is able to receive all seven sacraments in his lifetime.

by Anonymousreply 87March 18, 2023 5:19 PM

One correction: monks are sometimes ordained.

Communities of monks (like Benedictines or Trappists) have both ordained and non-ordained members. They are all monks but some are ordained to the priesthood in order to serve their monastery by celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, etc.

by Anonymousreply 88March 18, 2023 5:25 PM

In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden is a novel about a 40ish divorced woman who becomes a nun in England. It was made into a movie with Diana Rigg which I think is on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 89March 18, 2023 5:37 PM

[quote]On other side of things many blame Vatican II for mass exodus of women out of holy orders and many what remained "hotbeds of radical lesbianism".

Didn't the same thing happen to Michfest?

by Anonymousreply 90March 18, 2023 7:10 PM

[quote] Would the priest clothing queens tell us what kind of underwear priests wear?

I think that is up to the individual priest.

by Anonymousreply 91March 18, 2023 8:29 PM

Burying fetuses in the cloister.

by Anonymousreply 92March 18, 2023 8:39 PM

Old and new habits of Daughters of Charity

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by Anonymousreply 93March 18, 2023 11:29 PM

A short primer of Sister history in USA.

Many are totally unaware of just how much Catholic sisters accomplished in USA.

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by Anonymousreply 94March 18, 2023 11:34 PM

Since we're already down a very deep rabbit hole for a gay website, suggest anyone genuinely interested in learning more about Roman Catholic sisters and nuns in USA read excellent book "Sisters: Catholic Nuns and the Making of America"

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by Anonymousreply 95March 18, 2023 11:37 PM

One year after playing the monstrous Mrs. Henry Vale in film "Now Voyager", Gladys Cooper played another dragon in form of Sister Marie Therese Vauzous in film "Song of Bernadette.

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by Anonymousreply 96March 18, 2023 11:48 PM

For those who have never seen full movie, YT to the rescue.

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by Anonymousreply 97March 18, 2023 11:49 PM

The Sisters of Providence of St Vincent de Paul.

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by Anonymousreply 98March 18, 2023 11:57 PM

That’s very true, R94.

The first female pharmacist in North America was an Ursuline nun named Sister St. Francis Xavier Hebert, OSU.

C. 1697- May 8, 1762.

by Anonymousreply 99March 19, 2023 12:02 AM

The Oblate Sisters of Providence was the first successful order for Black sisters in the US.

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by Anonymousreply 100March 19, 2023 12:11 AM

More on the Oblate Sisters. I like their hats. Very 19th c Southern.

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by Anonymousreply 101March 19, 2023 12:14 AM

Honey, this is a gay board. The only Song of Bernadette we care about are the ones sung by Ms. Peters.

by Anonymousreply 102March 19, 2023 12:53 AM

God forgive me, but do the Sisters of Providence of St Vincent de Paul shown at r98 not look like they’re wearing labia and a clitoral hoods around their heads?

by Anonymousreply 103March 19, 2023 1:53 AM

R75, Extra value is what you get, when you wear a cornette.

by Anonymousreply 104March 19, 2023 2:22 AM

R103. OMG, you're right. They are shaped like a labia and clitoral hood!

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by Anonymousreply 105March 19, 2023 3:17 AM

Thank you R85, interesting stuff.

by Anonymousreply 106March 19, 2023 7:01 AM

In case anyone was wondering, Daughters of Charity didn't go away after St. Vincent's hospital in Manhattan closed.

For some time now the sisters have been involved in affordable housing in and around NYC.

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by Anonymousreply 107March 19, 2023 7:22 AM

Make that supportive and affordable housing.

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by Anonymousreply 108March 19, 2023 7:22 AM

Former site of St. Agatha's orphanage (once run by the Daughters of Charity) became that latest new housing development.

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by Anonymousreply 109March 19, 2023 7:24 AM
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by Anonymousreply 110March 19, 2023 7:28 AM

Sister Jane Iannucelli, SC, who served on St. Vincent's hospital board of directors is still around as well.

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by Anonymousreply 111March 19, 2023 7:31 AM

1. Alcohol & Tobacco

2. Sleeping With Priests & Nuns

3. Cracking students with wooden rulers and yardsticks

4. A good old fashioned slap in the face.

5. Guilt Trips

by Anonymousreply 112March 19, 2023 9:23 PM

Flicking their bean while churning the butter.

by Anonymousreply 113March 19, 2023 9:28 PM

From last Sunday's NYT.

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by Anonymousreply 114March 20, 2023 8:42 AM

R45 reminded me to change my car’s air filter.

by Anonymousreply 115March 21, 2023 1:19 AM

Is that Phil Donahue at r18?

by Anonymousreply 116March 21, 2023 1:21 AM
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