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Where does a nun live?

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April 14, 2012 5:14PM

Nuns live in monasteries. Sisters live in convents. Nuns usually spend their entire lives in the monastery where they work and pray. Sisters live in a convent but perform most of their work outside the convent - schools, hospitals, etc.

Convent when they ARE nuns, abbey when they are STUDYING to be nuns.

Roman Catholic Answer

Actually, nuns, strictly speaking are monastic women in solemn vows. They live in a monastery. A convent can refer to any building or buildings where religious women live; or in past times, friars. Now it would mostly refer to communities of sisters as opposed to nuns. Abbey refers to a canonically erected monastery with a minimum number of religious.

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Nuns originally lived in convents or monasteries and many continue to do so today. Others have become more secular in recent years and may live in shared homes or apartments.