How Do You Become a Nun?


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The first requirement for becoming a nun is to cultivate an intense passion for God and a strong sense of responsibility to help others, then embrace the calling to begin the journey of religious life. If you plan to be a Catholic nun, you must become a practicing member of the church, join an order, become a novitiate and take your vows.

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How Do You Become a Nun?
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  1. Fulfill the basic requirements

    You must be over 18, unmarried and a citizen of whichever country you are interested in joining religious life. You must be in good health. A college degree is preferred, but not required.

  2. Become a practicing Catholic

    Receive the sacraments of Baptism, Communion, Penance and Reconciliation and Confirmation and follow the tenets of the Catholic Church. Contact the Vocations Office in your diocese to join a religious community.

  3. Choose and join an order

    Choose an order that you are passionate about. Live in the order as a candidate for up to a year to become familiar with its mission and rules.

  4. Become a novitiate

    Work in the community as a novitiate for at least a year or until you are certain that you wish to become a nun.

  5. Take your first vows

    Make temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Live life as a religious candidate for 5 to 9 years.

  6. Take your final vows

    Make sacred vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for life.

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