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Monastery of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bolwarra Heights, Australia


The Redemptoristine nuns of Australia always wear a habit and veil.

The form of the habit and veil was given to Blessed Mother Maria Celeste (with the Rule for the new Institute) by Jesus. Each part has spiritual significance, but for clarity this page will only give a short description.

The nuns wear a long dark red habit (dress) with long-sleeves and a red belt with a blue scapular with a small oval picture of the Most Holy Redeemer on the front. A long light blue mantle (cloak) is worn at specific times. A large Rosary is attached to the belt.

Professed nuns also wear a gold ring showing two joined hands (worn on right hand) with "Ego Te Sponsabo" ("I Espouse Thee") engraved in Latin on the inside. The headwear consists of a white bandeau (forehead band), white cap (covering all the hair and ears) and long black veil rounded at the end.

A white roll-neck is worn under the dress/habit which works with the white cap to give a close resemblance of a wimple, as no hair or ears are seen. The nuns in Australia cannot wear wimples because of medical insistence (to prevent neck sores and ear infections). Footwear is white.

During Lenten Processions a nun will wear her "Crown of Thorns" (given to her when she started her novitiate). When not worn, the Crown is kept in her cell on her wall crucifix. A small "Profession Crucifix" is given to a nun at her Simple Profession, but she doesn't wear it. She keeps it on her pillow in her cell. The nuns wear a blue scapular Monday-Saturday, and a red scapular on Sundays. They take four vows of Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Enclosure.

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