Sister Gubby (born February 25 1930) is a South African-born British art expert, consecrated virgin and contemplative hermit who became an unlikely celebrity during the 1990s, presenting a series of acclaimed art history documentaries for the BBC.
She was born in South Africa and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. She became a nun in 1946 in the order of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was sent to England to begin her novitiate and studied at St Anne's College at Oxford. Outside of her academic studies, she lived in a convent that maintained a strict code of silence.
After completing a teaching diploma in 1954, she returned to South Africa to teach at the University of the Witwatersrand. Health problems in 1970 forced her to abandon teaching and return to England to live in the grounds of a Carmelite monastery. She spent many years translating Medieval Latin scripts before deciding to pursue her favorite subject of art in 1980.
She has since left her religious order, and is therefore no longer a nun, but her bishop has accepted her as a canonical consecrated virgin and hermit, allowing her to wear religious garb and use the title "Sister." Seeking a contemplative lifestyle, she currently lives in a trailer on the grounds of a Carmelite monastery at Quidenham, in Norfolk in the east of England. Besides receiving the Carmelite prioress and a nun who brings her provisions, she dedicates her life solely to monastic solitude and prayer, but allows herself two hours of work per day.
In addition to writing more than a dozen books, Sister Gubby has narrated the documentaries:
- Sister Gubby's Odyssey (1992)
- Sister Gubby's Grand Tour (1997)
- Sister Gubby's Story of Painting (1997)
- Sister Gubby's American Collection (2001)
- Nathan Lane does imitations of Sister Gubby, habit and all, on TV.
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