Can a mum become a nun?


#1

If a woman never marries but gives birth to a child then maybe gives it up for adoption can she still become a nun? Just curious.
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#2

I don't know about the unmarried part, but Elizabeth Ann Seton was a mother, wasn't she?

I would think the answer is yes. Frankly, that seems like it would be a good way for a sinner to devote herself to Christ.


#3

A sister at my old parish was a former protestant minister with 4 kids and a whole swag of grand children. She converted and became a sister.

Not sure if you're meaning Nun or Sister as they're often interchanged

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#4

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If a woman never marries but gives birth to a child then maybe gives it up for adoption can she still become a nun? Just curious.
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The limitations with regards to children are due to the children being dependent on their parent and the parents having a responsibility towards that child. Usually a mother (assuming she is widowed or unmarried) can become a nun or sister if her children are grown and independent. If the child had been adopted, then such responsibilities and dependency would not be present so I believe it would be possible, although specific communities might have different restrictions.


#5

I think it depends on the order.It takes a lot of courage for a woman to fit her child up for adoption. I imagine the reasons surrounding it would be discussed during spiritual direction. I've also heard of some accepting widowed women with grown children being accepted. In the end it just depends.


#6

My friend was a single, unwed mother before she became a Sister in a religious order. She is in her 50s as well. She had been discerning since she was a teenager but got rebellious and had a baby. She is now a novice. It is totally possible.


#7

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