The Role of Nuns in Religious Organizations


Obedience, Chastity and Poverty

It would appear that nuns do not have the time or resources to be involved with their communities because of their vows of obedience, chastity...


The Commitment of a Catholic Nun

The role of women within the Roman Catholic Church has always been limited, but those who wish to serve God through the church have the...


Exploring Females in Religious Roles

There are young women all across the globe who feel the call to serve their society in a religious capacity, but not all of them...


Nuns in Non-Christian Religions

There are many religions across the globe, and Eastern religions have their own rites, rituals and traditions. Many of these are deeply entwined with their...

Even if they are not Christians, people in Western cultures are familiar with nuns. Many believe they are part of the Roman Catholic clergy, but this is far from the truth. Not part of the church clergy, some of them are nuns within other religions. Those who serve Christian religious organizations may be Catholic, Orthodox Christian, Jains, Lutheran or Anglicans. They do take vows, but their role within their churches falls short of being ordained clergy members, yet they are considered to be in service to the church and not just part of the congregation.

There are other, non-Christian religions that also have their share of women who serve. These religions include Hindus, Taoists and Buddhist religions. These Eastern religious institutions are very different from those of the Western world, and some nuns are ordained while others hold the same position as their counterparts.