Cloistered Catholic nun receives Ph.D. in aerospace engineering

Posted by Siobhan O'Neill Meluso
Thursday 09, June 2016 | Category:   Consecrated Life,Vocation and Discernment
Sister Benedicta
Sister Benedicta was given special permission to go outside her cloistered Carmelite convent to receive her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.

Holy Face cloistered nun Sister Benedicta was recently awarded a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from India’s Defence Institute of Advanced Technology.

She previously earned an undergraduate degree at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Pune University. It was during her doctoral studies that she heard her calling to religious life, according to Crux. 

Sister Benedicta joined the cloistered Carmelite convent in Pune in 2015. Sister Benedicta's graduation was the very first time she had stepped outside the convent since entering.

The Carmelite provincial, based in Bangalore, emailed Sister Benedicta and the entire Carmelite community, saying: “You have made the order proud,” and “God bless you!”

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