November 23, 2020

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Love for Vancouver’s Gay Nuns: Close and Personal

Photo Credit To Graham Spence

Blessed by the Sisters: The Good Works of the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe

The first time I saw a Sister was in Seattle, many years ago. I was amazed to realize the LGBTQ community had a Sistory of world wide members. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a 21st century queer nun order, welcoming a broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientation and religious/spiritual traditions.

In Vancouver the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Order is known as The Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe Society. Well deserving individuals who have served the community are honoured through Sainthood, and there are angels, those recognized for helping through volunteering, materials, or financial contributions to the non-profit society.

The mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community. Today, there are Orders of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence throughout the United States, Australia, Colombia, France, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. visit the World Orders page here

Sister Diversity Rains: Reverend Mother

Sister Diversity Rains believes in everybody: via @VYRsisters

When it comes to giving out love, and being visible in the community, Sister Diversity Rains continues to strengthen the community through countless charitable acts.

In September of 2016, Diversity Rains attended the world conclave of sisters in Berlin. History was made as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrated 25 years in Berlin.

The Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe Society of the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence exists as an order of 21st century queer nuns who welcome a broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientations and religious/spiritual traditions. Through humour, irreverent wit and glamorous manifestation, we seek to transform social structures that continue to oppress the vulnerable in our society. Through introspection and community service, we support the spiritual and personal development of our members and those we serve.

In a posting on August 28, 2017, Sister Diversity Rains said, “We honour the ‘sistory’ of the world-wide Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence by working to improve the lives of those affected by HIV. We also honour Vancouver’s present-day reality through work to alleviate and end homelessness, and provide support to groups and projects that might otherwise go unacknowledged. We bring together diverse community groups who are striving towards similar goals.

We join with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence around the world through our universal vows to promulgate universal joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community, our fellow Sisters and the Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”.

Vancouver Pride Parade 2017: via @YVRsisters


The Sisters

Sister Koo-Koo Kachoo (Mistress of Novices), loves to make people smile and spread kind words.

Sister Merry Q. Contrary, a founding sister, brings spiritual traditions to the works of the Sisters.

Paladin Pebbles (Mistress of Alms and Charity), fully professed in 2014, a contributing member of the community.

Sister Bodice Rippa, An ally to diversity, has traveled from the depths of hell to the heights of heaven.

Sister Ethica Slut, a founder, brings her experience in community health, gender, and sex-positive prevention education to the queer community.

Sister Fancy Pants, the tightest corsets, highest of heels and of course the fanciest of pants. Expresses herself through philanthropic work.

Paladin ‘lil Randy, Let’s Talk About Sex, an event created by ‘lil Randy to help the community as a resource for safer sex and a sex positive community.

Sister Festivus Illuminata, strives to spread the word that anyone can become a Sister, regardless of gender, age, orientation or identity. Desires to reach the hearts of others. Happy to officiate as Celebrant at your wedding. Encourages you to invite the Sisters to your celebration.

"One World – One Hope." I don't just sing it, I believe it. " If this song touches your heart – please share!Special thank you to my friend Mitch Kenyon or the video.#festivusilluminata #yvrsisters

Опубліковано Festivus Illuminata 3 серпня 2016 р.

“One World – One Hope.” I don’t just sing it, I believe it. ” If this song touches your heart – please share!  Special thank you to my friend Mitch Kenyon

Sister Petunia Encarnata (Mistress of the Quill), Open to all forms of spiritual and non-spiritual journeys from all walks of life. A South American flower in human flesh.

Sister Tora Wholes, communicator of joy through ministry, charitable fund-raising in clubs and on the streets.

Sister Visa DeKline, Missionary sister now residing in Calgary, serves as delegate on the United Nuns Privy Council.

Postulants and Aspirants: Kip, Ian, Alan

Retired Members

Sister Zahra Nansaidh

The Fabulous Sister Alma Bitches

Paladin Bamm Bamm

Sister Lois Price

Sister Sweet Cherubim

Dahl & Connors

Meet and Get Personal with Vancouver’s Gay Nuns

photo by: Graham Spence

This is an opportunity to get close and personal with a group of Vancouver’s Joyful Sisters and watch as they transform to their White Face and makeup . You will be able to ask questions, feel the love, and rid yourself of stigmatic guilt. The location is on Nelson Street in Vancouver’s West End. This is a free event and you can reserve a spot by getting a ticket on Eventbrite.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

1435 Nelson St. Vancouver

3 PM to 5 PM

Free Tickets available through Eventbrite: link here

Event Page on Facebook here

YVR Sisters website here

Thank you to Graham Spence (Angel, anointed Feb 2015) for main image. Find him here.

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