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Sisters of Charity of Montreal

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Unknown order (I thought the wimple was unusual)

[img]http://thetaxitakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/nuns-habit.jpg[/img]

Japanese nun in the order of the Sacred Hearts

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Unknown order (the headgear/bonnets on the standing nuns is very unusual)

[img]http://www.gothicgarments.com/gallery/III/img/BH_19.jpg[/img]

Dominican nun with huge veil

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Unknown order, US Civil war nurse Sister (habit looks very hot and heavy to wear)

[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KDJXRxuVvN0/Rom-0FK52DI/AAAAAAAAApA/gOPMCimAO_Y/s400/us-civil-war-nun.jpg[/img]

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Yes, Anneline. apparently a bishop decided that all the unrelieved black might discourage vocations, so he urged them to adopt a veil with white trim and a white collar....

FP was paying a compliment, saying that he likes habits. :)

It was the Daughters of Charity's headgear that god them nicknamed "God's Geese."

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novice from The Society of the Holy Child Jesus

[img]http://nunsandsisters.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/nunnew.jpg?w=214&h=300[/img]

Lebanese Eastern Orthodox Nun

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[quote name='MargaretTeresa' timestamp='1302840062' post='2228840']
Where do you find these? I google some and found this (and a lot of others....)

[img]http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/files/images/2010/112210/319049_61_4X6.preview.jpg[/img]
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It took the right keywords to bring them up. When I typed in "religious habits nun", it brought up all the pictures I posted earlier. :)

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Unknown order (I thought the wimple was unusual)

[img]http://thetaxitakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/nuns-habit.jpg[/img]

If I am not mistaken, this nun is from the order that the original "Sister Luke", who inspired "The Nun's Story" is from: Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary. There's a passage in the book where, at investiture, she is shown how to pull the guimpe "up and out" [which didn't make sense to me, given the habit used in the film] I cannot imagine how anyone could eat without getting it stained, let alone wear it when giving medical care. Further, when she mentions being given the choir cape, the full sleeves are mentioned [also not part of the habit in the film, where a standard sleeveless cape is used]

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Unknown order (the headgear/bonnets on the standing nuns is very unusual)

[img]http://www.gothicgarments.com/gallery/III/img/BH_19.jpg[/img]



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It's the paper plate sisters! I think my parents were taught by them back in the 50s and 60s!

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Unknown order (the headgear/bonnets on the standing nuns is very unusual)

[img]http://www.gothicgarments.com/gallery/III/img/BH_19.jpg[/img]

The sisters with the "fan" around their face are the Marianites of the Holy Cross.

The photo is from a series done by Grey Villet for Life Magazine about sisters from varous congregations who came together in a media course in 1955. Some of those photes can be found [url="http://www.gettyimages.ca/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=2&language=en-US&family=editorial&assetType=image&p=Grey+Villet+1955+nun"]here[/url]. Some you can see [url="http://www.life.com/search/?type=images&q0=nun&date=1955-1955"]here[/url]. I can't remember where I saw the original article, it may no longer be up.

[url="http://www.nunsandsisters.com/Photographs.html"]This site[/url] has a number of old photos of sisters and nuns.

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[quote name='MargaretTeresa' timestamp='1302840062' post='2228840']
Where do you find these? I google some and found this (and a lot of others....)

[img]http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/files/images/2010/112210/319049_61_4X6.preview.jpg[/img]
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[url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/sets/"]This fellow[/url] has a sister with a similar habit who belongs to the [url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/4857436025/in/photostream"]Sisters of Misericordia[/url].

He has several other sets of old photos of sisters (mixed in with buildings) [url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/sets/72157626344383891/"]here[/url], [url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/sets/72157624205962066/"]here[/url] and [url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/65359853@N00/sets/72157626469451286/"]here[/url].

I just found [url="http://www.flickr.com/groups/1516983@N22/pool/"]this group[/url] of photos which includes many of the above photos and photos collected by other people.

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Can you imagine wearing[i] that[/i] in the Belgian Congo...?? Very good book, if y'all haven't read it.

There is 'McCarthy'--the iconic Guide to the Catholic Sisterhoods in the United States, cheapest is a reprint of the last ed. 1964 from Catholic Univ Press for $70. First ed virtually unavailable, 2nd includes a lot of the oldest habits and is larger, also hard to find.

www.nunsandsisters.com has a lot of good pix.

try also:

)sorry the flickr URL includes the entire slideshow) "Catholic nuns,brothers"

and:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1516983@N22/pool/

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Unknown order, US Civil war nurse Sister (habit looks very hot and heavy to wear)

[img]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_KDJXRxuVvN0/Rom-0FK52DI/AAAAAAAAApA/gOPMCimAO_Y/s400/us-civil-war-nun.jpg[/img]
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I believe that is the habit of the Sisters of Mercy. Like these sisters below from New Zealand. I too have always wondered why 19th century nuns look like they are wearing too much cloth. But I think the fashion of the day had something to do with it, most women wore long heavy dresses....
[img]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mccarthykathryn/Mother_Columba2.GIF[/img]

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I believe that is the habit of the Sisters of Mercy. Like these sisters below from New Zealand. I too have always wondered why 19th century nuns look like they are wearing too much cloth. But I think the fashion of the day had something to do with it, most women wore long heavy dresses....
[img]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mccarthykathryn/Mother_Columba2.GIF[/img]
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I don't know why that didn't cross my mind about the Sisters of Mercy. The RSMs have a posted picture of Venerable Catherine McAuley in full habit and it just didn't occur to me that they were wearing the same one. :getaclue:

[img]http://www.rsmofalma.org/graphics/mcm2.jpg[/img]

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In addition to the flickr sources --look for Catholic nuns, brothers, Patrickstream, there's the Getty archive and Life mag archive. You have to register for the Getty (it's free) and check editorial rather than creative content for the Getty. Also use search dates for the oldest, which, for the Getty go well back into the 19th c. The Life archive includes a lot of sets for taking of vows for what looks like the Carmelite Srs of LA (but could be other apostolic Carmelites), a sister in a nursing home, probably a Carmelite Aged and Infirm, tho' this is uncertain. Lots of interesting pix on both archives. Especially moving are the sisters feeding the poor and taking care of orphans in Rome during and after WWII. Notice the volume of the habits in general and the huge starched headpieces and guimpes.

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[quote name='SoonerCatholic' timestamp='1302922402' post='2229169']
I believe that is the habit of the Sisters of Mercy. Like these sisters below from New Zealand. I too have always wondered why 19th century nuns look like they are wearing too much cloth. But I think the fashion of the day had something to do with it, most women wore long heavy dresses....
[img]http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mccarthykathryn/Mother_Columba2.GIF[/img]
[/quote]

These are indeed the Sisters of Mercy , and when I was taught by them in Dunedin N.Z. back in the 1950's they still looked like the above photo. The sister on the left at the back looks so much like Sister Celestine who taught me, I though she was ancient back then, but in truth she may have been in her mid 60's. Oh how things change!

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