Women Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many women spiritual & religious leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female spiritual & religious leaders such as Mother Teresa, Bernadette Soubirous, Mata Amritanandamayi, Mary MacKillop, Saint Teresa of Avila.The women spiritual & religious leaders featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

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 1 Mother Teresa

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Famous As: Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Albanian, Indian
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

 2 Mary, Mother of Jesus

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Famous As: Mother of Jesus
Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli

 3 Arlyn Phoenix

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Birthdate: December 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 4 Esther

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Famous As: Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Iranian
Esther from the Book of Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. While the king’s advisor, Haman, angered by Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, planned to kill all Jews, Esther reversed the plan with the king’s permission. The Jewish festival Purim marks the day the Jews murdered their enemies.

 5 Saint Teresa of Avila

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
Died: October 4, 1582

Teresa of Ávila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who later turned into a Carmelite nun. She was posthumously named a Doctor of the Church. She co-established the Discalced Carmelite Order. Her written works include The Interior Castle and her own autobiography.

 6 Bernadette Soubirous

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: January 7, 1844
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: April 16, 1879
Bernadette Soubirous grew up amidst poverty, which contributed to her ill health and her stunted frame of just over 4 feet. At 14, she had visions of the Virgin Mary, which led to the formation of the Marian shrine of Lourdes. She was declared a saint by Pope Pius XI.

 7 Bernice King

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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 8 Saint Anne

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Famous As: Mother of Virgin Mary
Birthdate: 0050 BC
Nationality: Palestinian
Died: 0012 AD
Though she finds no mention in the Bible, Saint Anne is regarded as the mother of the Virgin Mary, and thus the grandmother of Jesus Christ. Ancient scriptures mention how Gabriel had visited childless Anne and Joachim and had told them they would have a child dedicated to God.

 9 Catherine of Alexandria

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0287 AD
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: 0305 AD

Catherine of Alexandria is a Christian saint who was martyred at the hands of the Roman Emperor Maxentius in the early 4th century. Catherine is generally credited with converting hundreds of people to Christianity. Over 1,100 years after her martyrdom, French warrior Joan of Arc claimed that Catherine was one of the saints to counsel her in her visions.

 10 Saint Lucy

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0283 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 0304 AD

Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr who was killed during the Great Persecution. Lucy is venerated as a saint in the Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches. She is one of the women commemorated in the Canon of the Mass by Roman Catholics. Saint Lucy's Day, her traditional feast day, is observed on 13 December by Western Christians.

 11 Saint Cecilia

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0200 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: November 22, 0230

 12 Mary in Islam

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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 0018 AD
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0033 AD

 13 Rebecca

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Birthdate: 0000 BC

 14 Hagar

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Famous As: Consort
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Egyptian

 15 Leah

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Famous As: Daughter of Laban
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 16 Miriam

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Famous As: Moses' sister
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Ancient Roman

 17 Mata Amritanandamayi

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Famous As: Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

 18 Clare of Assisi

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 16, 1194
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: August 11, 1253

 19 Sister Nivedita

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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish
Died: October 13, 1911

 20 Faustyna Kowalska

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: August 25, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: October 5, 1938

 21 Mary Baker Eddy

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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: July 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 3, 1910

 22 Monica of Hippo

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0331 AD
Nationality: Algerian
Died: 0387 AD

 23 Agatha of Sicily

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0231 AD
Nationality: Italian
Died: 0251 AD

Agatha of Sicily is a Christian saint, one of the several virgin martyrs commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She was put to death during the Decian persecution (250–253) in Catania, Sicily. Owing to her determined profession of faith, she is highly venerated in Christianity. She is the patron saint of martyrs and wet nurses. 

 24 Mother Angelica

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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: April 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 27, 2016

 25 Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Famous As: Teacher, Abbé, Memoirist, Nun
Birthdate: August 28, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 4, 1821

 26 Lucia dos Santos

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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: March 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Portuguese
Died: February 13, 2005

 27 Mary MacKillop

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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: January 15, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian
Died: August 8, 1909

 28 Mirra Alfassa

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Famous As: Spiritual Guru
Birthdate: February 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: November 17, 1973

Mirra Alfassa was a French occultist and spiritual teacher. Alfassa, who worked closely with the Indian philosopher and yogi Sri Aurobindo, is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India. She is also credited with establishing Auroville, an experimental township in India. She serves as an inspiration to people seeking knowledge about Integral Yoga.

 29 Elizabeth of Hungary

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, Hungarian
Died: November 17, 1231

 30 Genevieve

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0419 AD
Nationality: French
Died: 0512 AD

 31 Frances Xavier Cabrini

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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: July 15, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: December 22, 1917

 32 Saleh

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Famous As: Prophet
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Nationality: Yemeni

 33 Mary Slessor

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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: December 2, 1848
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: January 13, 1915

 34 J. Z. Knight

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Famous As: Psychic, Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 35 Bridget of Sweden

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Famous As: writer, philosopher
Birthdate: 1303 AD
Nationality: Swedish
Died: July 23, 1373

 36 St. Katharine Drexel

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: November 26, 1858
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 3, 1955

 37 Margaret the Virgin

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0289 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 0304 AD

 38 Perpetua

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Famous As: Martyr
Birthdate: 0182 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0203 AD

 39 Hannah Emerson Duston

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Famous As: Protestant
Birthdate: December 23, 1657
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 1736

 40 Ann Lee

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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: February 29, 1736
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: September 8, 1784

 41 Elizabeth Barton

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Famous As: Catholic nun
Birthdate: 1506 AD
Nationality: British
Died: April 20, 1534

 42 Minnie Vautrin

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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: September 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: May 14, 1941

 43 Nirmala Joshi

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Famous As: Religious Sister
Birthdate: July 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
Died: June 23, 2015

 44 Therese Neumann

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Famous As: Stigmatic
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: September 18, 1962

 45 Angela Merici

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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: March 21, 1474
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 27, 1540

 46 Lalleshwari

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Famous As: Hindu Saint
Birthdate: 1320 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1392 AD

 47 Catherine of Bologna

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: September 8, 1413
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 9, 1463

 48 Katharine Jefferts Schori

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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: March 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 49 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda

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Birthdate: June 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian

 50 Angela Warnick Buchdahl

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Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: July 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American, South Korean