Why do some nuns wear white?

Why do some nuns wear an all white habit?



Nursing sisters (regardless of the normal color of their habits) wear white when they are nursing. This is also true of missionary sisters who minister in tropical heat.

Then there are sisters who belong to religious communities who always wear white such as Dominicans (with black veils and mantles) and Olivetan Benedictines among others.

White reflects heat off the body. It also soils easily (I wear a white habit all the time), but thanks to Tide To Go sticks, spots can be cleaned easily.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.