Thank you for stopping by! I laughed out loud when I read your questions.
I am a “nunny nun” in that I am a religious Sister under life vows. But I’m not “really nunny” in that the Anglican Order of Preachers is canonically organized as a community in the Episcopal Church. We live independently rather than in a single priory, which means we are allowed to own some property and we are allowed to be married or single. The traditional monastic vows of poverty, chastity (a misnomer, really meaning celibacy), and obedience are adjusted for members of communities; I live under vows of simplicity, purity, and obedience.
The Undercover bit comes from the Anglican Dominican habit. We have a formal habit, which I often call The Penguin Suit; we also have an informal habit, or street habit, which is composed of everyday clothes. The street habit is black pants or skirt, white shirt, and black vest. We tend to interpret some of these words fairly liberally: I occasionally wear blue jeans as part of the informal habit, and I figure that cardigans or sweaters are okay even if they aren’t truly vests.
When I was clothed as a novice in 2009, I quickly discovered that I get very different responses from people based on which habit I’m wearing. As deacons and priests experience when they wear their collar in public, I have found myself in interesting conversations that were in God’s plan for my day, though they weren’t in mine. But when I’m in the informal habit, nobody knows there’s a Sister in their midst.
So I’m kind of a nunny nun, if not a really nunny nun. And I’m very definitely a different kind of nun!
Grace and peace to you in your journey!