The oldest living person in Brazil, as well as the world’s third-oldest living person, Inah Canabarro Lucas (known as Irmã Inah), celebrated her 116th birthday on June 8th.

On 27 May, her 116th birthday party.(Source: Facebook/ACI Digital)

On 27 May, her 116th birthday party.
(Source: Facebook/ACI Digital)

Irmã Inah was born in Sao Francisco de Assis, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on 8 June 1908, to parents Joao Antonio Lucas and Mariana Canabarro Lucas. As a child, she was so skinny that many people didn’t think she would survive childhood. She is the great-granddaughter of General David Canabarro.

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 neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. In the early 1940s, she moved back to Santana do Livramento where she worked as a teacher.

Her birthday party was held on May 27 in Porto Alegre, as that is the date she claims to have been born. However, research found that she was likely born 11 days later. Even at the age of 116, she remains mentally sharp and in good health. She communicates effectively and is highly aware of her surroundings.

(Source: Facebook/ACI Digital)

(Source: Facebook/ACI Digital)

As of June 2024, she is the third-oldest living person whose age has been fully validated, following Maria Branyas Morera (Spain) and Tomiko Itooka (Japan). She is the oldest living person in the Americas, the second-oldest ecclesiastical person ever, and the 31st oldest validated person ever, according to the LongeviQuest atlas.

In February 2024, during LongeviQuest visit.

Our team had the honor of visiting Irmã Inah in February 2024.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Irmã Inah on her 116th birthday.