I went to Catholic school for 12 years, first at St. Amelia’s, then 4 years at Cardinal O’Hara. Nuns were a big part of my childhood.
When you’re in 1st or 2nd grade, it seemed all the sisters looked like the sister below. I think this might be a Carmelite nun.
In reality, they looked like these sisters. Felician nuns. They had all been born in Poland. Their habits included that high starched white forehead piece with the veil draped over it. They all had names like Sister Amabilia, Sister Conceptia, Sister Anthonille and Sister Beatrice.
I loved my 1st grade teacher, Sister Laurentine. She must have been close to 70 at the time she taught my class but she was very kind. I think it must have been Sister Laurentine that made me want to be a nun.
Both my sister Bernadine and myself wanted to join the religious life. At the time I thought you had to be a nun or a priest to be closer to God. Later on I learned that wasn’t so. But the desire to become a nun stayed with me up until high school.
Nuns have been popular subject in Hollywood, even up to the present time. When I thought about being a nun, I pictured myself something like the nun in the photos below. Contemplative and holy and beautiful all at the same time.
When I was little I used to take all the white towels in the house and dress up like a nun. No lie. Thank goodness there aren’t any photos of this, although I must say my parents sure missed a good photo op.