Me, as a Nun, and New Cecilias! UPDATED

I have one of those very ordinary faces that are a dime-a-dozen in a crowd. People are always telling me, “I work with someone who looks exactly like you,” or “I grew up with someone who could be your double; I hated her, come to think of it.” Or, “we had a maid, looked like you.”

But this time, I think I may have found a genuine doppelganger, or one who, at least in 1948, looked like me in my own younger years.

She was a religious, a novice with the Sisters of St. Francis, of Perpetual Adoration. The one second-from-left!


No, that’s no good — too small — go check it out over here.

Right? No, seriously, she looks exactly like me, like my Auntie Lillie and like Great-grandmother Emilia, and of course, like my mother. We’re all spookily similar in cheeks, chin and jowls.

It’s kind of cool to think that for generations upon generations — perhaps as far back as in Jesus’ time, there were peasant women who looked like us, wandering around, and being told that they looked exactly like someone else!

But of course, I could never have worn such cumbersome headgear. I’d be fingering that thing and wrenching my neck like Rodney Dangerfield — Sr. Maria Incarnata of the Disrespected — and they’d eventually throw me out.

Anyway, that’s what I would have looked like, younger, and nunnier.

These sisters are a great group, by the way, and they have managed to sustain their numbers, even through the lean times. You can read their latest newsletter here (pdf).

Also, since November 22 remembers the beloved martyr St. Cecilia, here are three new-Cecilia’s recently given the habit:

Sister Marie Cecile was recently clothed as a novice with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration More pictures here (dropbox to Investitures 2011)

Sister Cecilia Maria received the sacramental habit of the Passionist nuns last February. Additional slideshow here

Sister Mary Cecilia was invested in the habit of a Dominican Nun in May of 2010, and is now a second-year novice. I am told is it mostly her hauntingly lovely soprano chanting in the background in the nun’s rosary video. She does her patron proud.

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UPDATE: In honor of the feastday, Pianogirl sends along this lovely picture:

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  • Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    Great post – I especially liked your twin!

  • Stephen Taylor

    I think you are very lovely as you are, Elizabeth. There is a spooky similarity in looks, but you are you, and thank God for that!

  • Manny

    Everyone is an individual Anchoress, endowed uniquely by our creator. As far as I know every single human being since the beginning of time has his own unique face, including exact twins. I believe that reflects the infinity of God and His love for each and every single person. You may look like someone, but no one is quite you, including every single one of those Sisters in the pictures.

  • wim

    i like your face and your smile.

  • Oregon Catholic

    I also have “one of those faces” and I get stopped regularly and asked if I’m so and so or “I know you, don’t I?” But I honestly can’t say I’ve ever come across someone I think is my double.

  • Ruth H

    I am a twin, but we lived away from each other in different towns for 30 years, yet in the town I lived in there must have been another one like us because I was always getting the question, “Are you a twin, I saw someone who looked just like you….” My answer was always, “yes, I am a twin, but she isn’t in this town, she lives in Texas.” I never saw or met my doppleganger, yet I know she was there. Now that we are retired and live in Texas, I just say “yes, do you know her?” My older sister lives here, too, and we’ve all three been asked if we were twins with the separate sisters. Now that we are all gray, we do look a lot alike. My twin and I are identicals.

  • Sal

    I know what you mean about the headgear- I wear a veil to Mass, but for church cleaning, I depend on these great fastens-in-the-back-with-a-button headcoverings I bought from an Evangelical gal on Etsy. Otherwise, as something of a klutz, I’d be dropping my veil down the sacristy toilet or getting it sucked up in the vacuum.
    Been meaning to mention for a while how much I like the new photo!
    And your nun predecessor looks lovely, too.