American Female Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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Anne Hutchinson
(Puritan spiritual adviser, Preacher)
Anne Hutchinson
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Birthdate: 1591
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Died: August 20, 1643
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Stella Immanuel
(Physician, writer)
Stella Immanuel
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon
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Bernice King
(Minister)
Bernice King
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Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

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Mother Angelica
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Birthdate: April 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 27, 2016

Born to Italian parents, amid poverty, in Ohio, Mother Angelica and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father abandoned them. Initially a factory worker, she later became a Poor Clare nun and also founded the Eternal Word Television Network, which streamed Catholic-oriented programs.

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Mary Baker Eddy
(Religious Leader)
Mary Baker Eddy
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Birthdate: July 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bow, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 3, 1910

Born to Congregationalist parents, Mary Baker Eddy had a difficult life, from losing her brother at 20, being widowed at 22, and then surviving a divorce. Remembered as the pioneer of Christian Science, she propagated faith healing and believed the cause of all illnesses lie in the human mind.

Frances Xavier Cabrini
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Birthdate: July 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy
Died: December 22, 1917

Frances Xavier Cabrini was an Italian-American nun who founded a Catholic religious institute called the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The institute played a major role in supporting Italian immigrants to the US. In 1946, Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

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Jemima Wilkinson
(Religious leader)
Jemima Wilkinson
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Birthdate: November 29, 1752
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 1, 1819

Jemima Wilkinson was an American preacher who later became known as the Public Universal Friend after becoming a genderless evangelist. The Public Universal Friend preached throughout the northeastern US. The Friend's teachings attracted several followers who became part of the Society of Universal Friends.

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Hannah Emerson Duston
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Birthdate: December 23, 1657
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 6, 1736

Hannah Emerson Duston was a Puritan who was taken captive during King William's War by the Abenaki people. She is best remembered for killing and scalping 10 of the Native American family members with the help of two other captives. She later became a folk hero and was honored with a statue.

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J. Z. Knight
(Psychic, Writer)
J. Z. Knight
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Birthdate: March 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Roswell

American mystic and spiritual author J. Z. Knight claims she had channelized a spirit she calls Ramtha. She founded the Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, where she teaches Ramtha’s preachings, though she has courted controversy for her anti-semitic, homophobic, and unscientific comments. She believes Ramtha heals better than medicine.

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Minnie Vautrin
(Missionary)
Minnie Vautrin
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Birthdate: September 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Secor
Died: May 14, 1941

Born to a blacksmith in Illinois, Minnie Vautrin was determined to explore the world, in spite of her parents’ inability to afford her education. She thus joined the Foreign Christian Missionary Society’s mission to China. She is remembered for saving thousands of Chinese women during the Nanking Massacre.

Katharine Jefferts Schori
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Birthdate: March 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida

Katharine Jefferts Schori made headlines when she became the first woman to be the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Initially a Catholic, she joined the Episcopal Church at 8. A Stanford alumna, she also boasts of a PhD in oceanography and has worked with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Angela Warnick Buchdahl
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Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Apart from achieving the feat of being the first Asian-American to become a rabbi and a cantor, Angela Warnick Buchdahl has also amazed everyone with her musical skills. A Yale alumna, she was featured in the documentary 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidre, which explored the musical history of Jewish synagogues.

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet
(Writer, Religious leader)
Elizabeth Clare Prophet
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Birthdate: April 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 15, 2009
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Daya Mata
(Religious Leader)
Daya Mata
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Birthdate: January 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: November 30, 2010

Rachel Faye Wright, better known as Daya Mata, was an American spiritual leader. She served as the president of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), a worldwide spiritual organization established by Paramahansa Yogananda. During her presidency, which lasted more than 55 years, Daya Mata worked towards the betterment of the organization.

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Eliza R. Snow
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Birthdate: January 21, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Becket, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 5, 1887

Eliza R. Snow was an American poet and an important member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the most celebrated Mormon women of the 19th century, Snow is best remembered as a plural wife of Joseph Smith. As a poet, she achieved popularity within the LDS Church.

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Simone Campbell
(Religious sister)
Simone Campbell
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Birthdate: October 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California

Simone Campbell is an American lawyer, lobbyist, Roman Catholic Religious Sister, and executive director of NETWORK. She is credited with establishing the Community Law Center, where she served as the lead attorney for 18 years since its founding in 1978. From 1995 to 2000, she served as her religious institute's General Director and supervised its activities in many countries.

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Mother Mary Alphonsa
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Birthdate: May 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lenox, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 9, 1926

Mother Mary Alphonsa was an American religious leader and writer. A Roman Catholic social worker and religious sister, Mother Mary Alphonsa is credited with founding the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne. In 1914, her contribution was recognized by the National Institute of Social Sciences, which honored her with a medal. In 1925, Bowdoin College granted her an honorary Master of Arts.

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Antoinette Brown Blackwell
(Protestant minister)
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
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Birthdate: May 20, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Henrietta, New York, United States
Died: November 5, 1921

The first Protestant minister of the U.S., Antoinette Brown Blackwell was had started preaching at Congregational church meetings from the tender age of 9. Not allowed to graduate and later denied a chance to speak at the World’s Temperance Convention, for being a woman, she rallied for women’s rights.

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Cornelia Connelly
(Religious Leader)
Cornelia Connelly
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Birthdate: January 15, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 18, 1879
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Alma Bridwell White
(Religious Leader)
Alma Bridwell White
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Birthdate: June 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lewis County, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 26, 1946
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Alysa Stanton
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Birthdate: August 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Sally Priesand
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Birthdate: June 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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Myrtle Page Fillmore
(Religious leader)
Myrtle Page Fillmore
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Birthdate: August 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pagetown, Ohio, United States
Died: October 6, 1931
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Mary Joseph Rogers
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Birthdate: October 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 9, 1955

The founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, a woman’s congregation that took up missions abroad, Mary Joseph Rogers was initially a zoology student but later devoted her life to her faith. Her group of Christian nuns were initially known as Teresians. The first foreign mission of the Sisters was in China.

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Catherine Spalding
(Religious Sister)
Catherine Spalding
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Birthdate: December 23, 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 20, 1858
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Isabella Thoburn
(Missionary)
Isabella Thoburn
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Birthdate: March 29, 1840
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
Died: September 1, 1901
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Maud Ballington Booth
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Birthdate: September 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Limpsfield, England
Died: August 26, 1948
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Betty Bone Schiess
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Birthdate: April 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: October 20, 2017
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Sister Mary Irene FitzGibbon
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Birthdate: May 12, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 14, 1896

Sister Mary Irene FitzGibbon, popularly known as Sister Irene, is best remembered as the founder of the New York Foundling Hospital, a first-of-its-kind hospital that catered to abandoned infants, especially those born of unwed mothers. She also introduced pioneering programs for adoption and for arrangement of foster homes.

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Paula Hyman
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Birthdate: September 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 15, 2011
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Barbara Heinemann Landmann
(Religious leader)
Barbara Heinemann Landmann
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Birthdate: January 11, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France
Died: May 21, 1883
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Augusta Emma Stetson
(Religious leader)
Augusta Emma Stetson
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Birthdate: 1842 AD
Birthplace: Waldoboro, Maine, United States
Died: 1928 AD
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Mary Hannah Fulton
(Missionary)
Mary Hannah Fulton
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Birthdate: May 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio, United States
Died: January 7, 1927

Mary Hannah Fulton was a medical missionary who was sent by the Presbyterian Church to South China. She established a dispensary in Kwai Ping and also helped establish the Hackett Medical College for Women which aimed at training women in medicine. Mary Hannah Fulton also preached the Presbyterian faith in China and helped translate English medical volumes into Chinese.

Harriet Starr Cannon
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Birthdate: May 7, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: March 29, 1896
Mother Teresa Lalor
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Birthdate: 1769 AD
Birthplace: County Laois, Ireland
Died: September 9, 1846

Irish-born Mother Teresa Lalor co-founded the first monastery of the Visitation Order in the US, with Leonard Neale, the first Catholic bishop of the US. She had also assisted him in charitable activities during the 1797-98 yellow fever epidemic. She was also the first superior of the Visitation Order.

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Belle Harris Bennett
(Church worker)
Belle Harris Bennett
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Birthdate: December 3, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madison County, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 20, 1922
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Mother Angela Gillespie
(Religious leader)
Mother Angela Gillespie
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Birthdate: February 21, 1824
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: near Brownsville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 4, 1887
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Julia McGroarty
(Religious leader)
Julia McGroarty
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Birthdate: February 13, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Inver, Ireland
Died: November 12, 1901

Irish-born nun Julia McGroarty later moved to the US and became one of its leading educators. Part of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, she was the first American to be the superior of the order. She also established Washington’s Trinity College, which later became the Trinity Washington University.

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Margaret McDonald Bottome
(Religious Leader)
Margaret McDonald Bottome
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Birthdate: December 29, 1827
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: November 14, 1906
Lucy Whitehead McGill Waterbury Peabody
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Birthdate: March 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas, United States
Died: February 26, 1949

American missionary Lucy Whitehead McGill Waterbury Peabody had been part of a several major Baptist missions across the world. She is remembered for her work in India. Back in Boston, she established the Farther Lights Society and the missionary magazine Everyland. She also headed the Woman’s Baptist Foreign Missionary Society.

Mary Aloysia Hardey
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Birthdate: 1809 AD
Birthplace: Piscataway, Maryland, United States
Died: June 17, 1886