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Hula-Hooping Nuns

I imagine that hula hooping while wearing a habit would add to the challenge.

"Sister Mary Pius gets plenty of encouragement from her sister teachers while giving hula hoop a whirl."



The Daily Oklahoman - Oct 19, 1958

Posted By: Alex - Mon Dec 20, 2021 - Comments (5)
Category: Fads, Nuns, 1950s

Immaculate Heart Trio

The Immaculate Heart Trio consisted of three sisters from the Immaculate Heart order who also happened to be biological sisters.

Miami Herald Sun - Nov 17, 1957



You can listen to one of their albums on YouTube, but only on YouTube because embedding is disabled.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Aug 14, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Family, Music, Nuns

Coca-Cola Naughty Nun Belt Buckle

The Coca-Cola Company released this bronze, cigar-cutting belt buckle as a promotional item for the 1915 Trans-Pan Exposition in San Francisco. This was evidently before the company had begun cultivating its wholesome image.

There must have been quite a few of these buckles created, because you can find a number of them for sale on auction sites (such as here, here, and here). They range in price from $48 to $125.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 14, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Kitsch and Collectibles, Nuns, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1910s

Nun in a miniskirt

November 1969: The fact that Sister Joann Malone of the Order of Loreto was protesting wasn't particularly big news, but the fact that she was wearing a miniskirt as she did so was front-page news.

Sydney Morning Herald - Nov 21, 1969

Decatur Herald - Nov 20, 1969



Her superior, Sister Rose Maureen Sanders, head of the St. Louis province of the Sisters of Loreto, wasn’t too happy about the fashion decision. From a follow-up article:

Sister Rose said she feels that Sister Joanne, from her earnings on speaking engagements, could have paid to purchase a longer skirt.
“I regretted the photo when I saw it in newspapers here and thought her wearing a miniskirt was ridiculous,” said the provincial superior.
“It’s an aberration on her part. Many, many sisters are wearing modern clothes but would not choose a miniskirt. Why do the newspapers print things like that?”

Posted By: Alex - Thu Sep 12, 2019 - Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Religion, Nuns, 1960s

The Football Nuns



Original article here.

I guess the choice of training camp for the Steelers once necessitated commissary duty by nuns. Plus other help, as seen below.

Not sure when this practice ended.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Dec 27, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Religion, Nuns, Sports, 1970s

Death at the Cathedral, 1964

October 2, 1964: One minute Veronica McConnell, 22, was happy and carefree. The young American woman had just arrived in Paris the night before on vacation and was visiting Notre Dame Cathedral. It was the first stop on the city bus tour.

After seeing the inside of the cathedral, she stopped to buy some candles at a stand in the plaza. Having made her purchase, she began walking back towards the tour group. The next second she was dead, killed by suicide jumper Denise Rey-Herme, 37, who had leapt off the cathedral's north tower. Rey-Herme was despondent, having learned that because of chronic ill health she would never achieve her ambition of becoming a nun.

Goes to show that death can strike at any moment, anywhere.

Note: there's some confusion about McConnell's age. Different accounts of the event list it as either 21, 22, or 24. The NY Times says she was 22, so I'm trusting they were right.

Veronica McConnell


The Odessa American - Oct 4, 1964


The Terre Haute Tribune - Oct 3, 1964

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 12, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Nuns, 1960s

Nun Dance



Sensual or religious? You decide, perhaps after reading the rest of the story here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 26, 2011 - Comments (5)
Category: Religion, Nuns, Dance

The Singing Nun

Step back in time now with me to that long-lost year of 1963, possibly the last moment when innocent virginal piety ruled the pop charts. I am referring of course to the Singing Nun, and her hit song "Dominique," heard below in its original form, and its groovy 1982 disco update.





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I recently purchased the Sister's first album in a 3-for-a-dollar bin at my favorite used-vinyl store. Opening its gatefold, I found inside a nine-page booklet, telling the charming fable of our tuneful nun's career, illustrated with gaily wistful drawings by one F. Strobel reminiscent of the style of Ludwig Bemelmans. I've scanned the booklet and reproduce it now for your enjoyment, the first page here (each page is two files. picture and text) and the others after the jump.

I venture to say you'll find this vital, albeit seldom-perused document nowhere else on the web. Only WEIRD UNIVERSE brings you such treasures!

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 08, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Celebrities, Fads, Music, Religion, Nuns





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