In the past I’ve heard of nuns who are known as, say, “Sister St. Patrick,” “Sister St. Joseph,” etc., not merely “Sister Patrick” or “Sister Joseph.” How common is using the “St.” title in a nun’s new name these days, and why would a nun be called “Sister St. Patrick” as opposed to simply “Sister Patrick”?
Of course, it’s quite common for nuns to have male saints’ names in the names they take (e.g. Sister John Mary, Sister Patrick, Sister Joseph), but do monks and religious priests also routinely take female saints’ names other than Mary (or a form of it like Maria)? I mean, while I’ve known of religious priests and brothers to have names like Father Anthony Mary or Brother Maximilian Maria, I’ve never heard of any with names like Father Anthony Elizabeth or Brother Maximilian Anne. And if the only female name they ever take is Mary, Maria, etc., then why is it that nuns are able to choose male saints’ names, but monks aren’t able to choose female saints’ names?
Thanks in advance