Communities Accepting Women Over 45

We have drawn this list both from information on websites and from correspondence with individual communities. Unless otherwise stated, these communities accept women over the age of 45. Communities that we know or have corresponded their specific age limits to us have those limits noted . If you know of a community that accepts women over 45 that isn’t listed here, or if we have a community listed here in error, please send a correction to us via e-mail.
Remember, even if a community gives an age limit, they will sometimes consider older vocations on an individual basis. It never hurts to contact them if you feel strongly attracted to that community.


Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Mobile, AL


Olivetan Benedictine Sisters, Jonesboro, AR
Benedictine Sisters – St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, AR – age limit 18-45 but will consider older applicants on an individual basis


Carmelite Monastery, San Diego, CA – Prefer under 45, but will consider each candidate individually
Dominican Sisters, San Rafael, CA
Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour, San Diego, CA
Norbertine Sisters, Tehachepi, CA


Benedictine Sisters of Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Springs, CO – “We do not have an age limit. We take each person on an individual basis. We look at the health of the person and how well she can adjust to a life which is based on dependences on the community and interdependence among the members”


Benedictine Sisters, Holy Name Monastery, St. Leo, FL – will consider older candidates


Monastery of St. Gertrude, Cottonwood, ID – age limit 20-45 with exceptions possible


Benedictine Sisters – St. Scholastica Monastery, Chicago, IL – age limit 50
Benedictine Sisters – Sacred Heart Monastery, Lisle, IL
Sisters of Christian Charity, Wilmette, IL – age limit is ordinarily 50, but each applicant will be considered on an individual basis


Indianapolis Carmel
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent Depaul, Evansville, IN
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN – no age limit
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, KY


Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque, IA – no age limit


Sisters of the Lamb of God – no age limit


Sisters of Bon Secours, Marriottsville, MD – age limit 50 but will consider exceptions
Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent Depaul, Emmitsburg, MD
Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, Salisbury, MD – age limit 50 with some exceptions possible
Oblate Sisters of Providence, Baltimore, MD – age limit 49
Visitation Monastery, Frederick, MD


Poor Clares – Monastery of St. Clare, Jamaica Plain, MA
Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception – no age limit but will work with each woman individually
Grey Nuns, Lexington, MA
Holy Union Sisters Milton, MA – no age limit, it depends, of course, on the mutual discernment of candidate and congregation
Sisters of St. Anne, Marlboro, MA
Sisters of St. Joseph, Boston, MA
Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield,MA – age limit 50 with exceptions on an individual basis


Daughters of Divine Charity, Bloomfield Hills, MI – age limit 50
Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, MI


Benedictine Sisters – Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Crookston, MN
Benedictine Sisters – St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN – no age limit
Franciscan Sisters of St. Paul, MN
Rochester Franciscans, Rochester, MN
Visitation Monastery, Mendota Heights, MN


Benedictine Sisters – Our Lady of Peace Monastery, Columbia, MO – age limit 50
Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, O’Fallon, MO – no age limit but will work with each woman individually
Visitation Monastery, St. Louis, MO – age limit 45 with possible exceptions


Franciscan Sisters of Joy, Omaha, NE – no age limit
Servants of Mary of London (Servites), Omaha, NE

New Jersey

Benedictine Sisters – St. Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ
Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ – age limit 21-40 with some exceptions on an individual basis depending on circumstances
Sisters of Christian Charity, Mendham, NJ

New York

Sisters of Charity, Bronx, NY
Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, NY (Dominican Sisters for Relief of Incurable Cancer) – age limit 50
Dominican Nuns – Corpus Christi Monastery, Bronx, NY
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, Brooklyn, NY
Handmaids of Nazareth, Pittsford, NY – no upper age limit and accept some women with physical/medical problems
Redemptoristine Nuns, Esopus, NY
Visitation Monastery, Brooklyn, NY
Daughters of Wisdom, Islip, NY

North Dakota

Benedictine Sisters – Sacred Heart Monastery, Richardton, ND
Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hankinson, ND


Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hubbard, OH – age limit 49, but each case is reviewed individually


Benedictine Sisters – Red Plains Monastery, Piedmont, OK


Benedictine Sisters – Mount St. Benedict Monastery, Erie, PA
Benedictine Sisters – Transfiguration Monastery, Emmaus, PA – takes each women individually up to approximately age 50
Benedictine Sisters of Elk County, St. Marys, PA
Benedictine Sisters – St. Benedict Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA
Sisters of Divine Providence, Allison Park, PA – no official age limit. However candidates are expected to be able to live in community, minister full-time, and continue to develop personally and spiritually
School Sisters of St. Francis, Pittsburgh, PA
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Philadelphia, PA – no age limit

South Dakota

Mother of God Monastery, Watertown, South Dakota – no age limit


Congregation of Benedictine Sisters, Boerne, TX
Benedictines – St. Benedict’s Monastery, Canyon, TX – age limit 60
Sisters of Divine Providence, San Antonio, TX – accept appropriate candidates up to age 50+
Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi, TX
Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, Victoria, TX
Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, Ft. Worth, TX – Age limit is generally 18-40, but also accept older women after mutual discernment of candidate and congregation.


Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery, Salt Lake City, UT – age limit 50


Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, Bristow, VA – age limit 50 <

Washington, D.C.

Visitation Monastery, Georgetown, Washington, DC

West Virginia

Visitation Sisters, Wheeling, WV
Sisters of St. Rita (Augustinian Sisters), Racine, WI
age limit 56
Carmel of the Sacred Heart, Hudson, WI age limit 45, but willing to make exceptions.
Racine Dominicans, Racine, WI
Sinsiniwa Dominicans, Sinsiniwa, WI

Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary, Milwaukee, WI
Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, Merrill, Wisconsin
Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Stevens Point, WI

Last updated December 15, 2009

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