Inah Canabarro Lucas

  • Full name: Inah Canabarro Lucas
  • Lifespan: 08.06.1908
  • Age: 116 years, 20 days
  • Birthplace: Sao Francisco de Assis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Last residence: Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 
  • Application date: 17.12.2020
  • Validation date:  08.06.2020
  • Validation source: Josemara Rocha/ Robert Young, Ricardo Pereira Lago


Early Life

Inah Canabarro Lucas was born in Sao Francisco de Assis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on 8 June 1908 (though claims her birthday is 27 May). Her parents were Joao Antonio Lucas and Mariana Canabarro Lucas. As a child, she was so skinny that many people didn’t think she would live past the age of seven. She is the great-granddaughter of General David Canabarro. Her father died in combat in 1923.

Canabarro Lucas studied at the Santa Teresa de Jesus boarding school in Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul. Around 1928, she moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, where she became a nun. In 1930, she returned to Brazil to teach Portuguese and mathematics at a school in Tijuca, a neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. In the early 1940s, she moved back to Santana do Livramento where she worked as a teacher.

Later Life

Canabarro Lucas currently lives in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, at the age of 116 years, 20 days (claims 116 years, 32 days). At the age of 110, she began having some mobility difficulties and had to start using a walker. On 25 January 2021, at the age of 112, she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making her one of oldest people to receive the vaccine. She credits her longevity to God.

Canabarro Lucas became the oldest validated living person in Brazil following the death of Antonia da Santa Cruz on 23 January 2022. She later became the oldest validated living person in the whole of both South and Latin America following the death of Colombian Sofia Rojas on 30 July 2022.

On 2 January 2022, at the age of 113 years, 208 days, Canabarro Lucas surpassed the age of Luzia Mohrs to become the oldest Brazilian ecclesiastical person ever. She is currently the second-oldest validated nun ever, after Lucile Randon.

In October 2022, Canabarro Lucas contracted COVID-19 while she was hospitalized, but was later able to recover from the disease in November, making her one of the oldest known survivors of the disease.

Following the death of Lucile Randon on 17 January 2023, Canabarro Lucas became the oldest living nun in the world. She is currently the third-oldest living person in the world whose age is validated by the GRG, after Maria Branyas Morera and Tomiko Itooka.

On her 115th birthday in June 2023, Canabarro Lucas was visited by newly-appointed GRG Correspondent for Brazil, Dr. Angelo Jose Goncalves Bos, who presented her with the official GRG plaque recognizing her as the oldest living person in South America. According to the GRG, she is the fifth supercentenarian in South America who reached the age of 115, after Maria Capovilla of Ecuador (1889–2006), Francisca Celsa dos Santos of Brazil (1904–2021), Antonia da Santa Cruz of Brazil (1905–2022), and Casilda Benegas de Gallego of Paraguay/Argentina (1907–2022).

Longevity titles

Doyenne of Brazil (23.01.2022 – present)

Oldest living nun in the world (NA – present)


Inah Canabarro age was verified by Josemara Rocha, Robert Young and Ricardo Pereira Lago

Her age was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 08.06.2022.

Inah Canabarro Lucas on her 110th birthday in 2018

Miss Inah after recovering from covid19, 2022.

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