Different orders of the church have different rules about what it takes to become a nun. In most cases, women no longer have to be virgins to become a nun. But they must also meet a number of other requirements.
To become a nun in the Catholic or Benedictine order, a woman must be single. Nuns can also be widows, but not women who have been divorced. For a divorced woman to become a nun, she must first get an annulment. Women who have kids can’t become nuns until their kids are grown up. In each order, women can only join if they are Catholic or Roman Catholic. Women who are not a part of these religions must first convert.
Many church orders have different rules about how old you have to be to join. For example, some only accept women between the ages of 18 and 25, while others accept women in their 40s and 50s. Most orders also need some kind of proof that the candidate is in good physical and mental health. Before they can join a training programme, women must also have no debt. Some orders recommend that women get a college degree before applying to a training programme, but it is not required. A woman who is accepted into a programme to become a nun usually has to train for a few years before she can be ordained.