Saturday, October 22, 2016

Union + Sisters = Gay Wedding!

L to R - Postulant Knotty, Sister Festivus, Sister Diversity, Belle Ancell, Paladin L'il Randy,
Novice Sister Fancy Pants

Last night, the Sisters helped one of our Angels celebrate the first-ever, Western Canada, Gay and Lesbian Wedding Show called "Union."  It is a "love project" that she worked on with her friend Cristie Rosling.  It was an intimate event that was incredibly well attended with numerous LGBT+ vendors.

The Sisters were there to sell 50/50 tickets.  In all we sold $230 with half of that going to A Loving Spoonful.

Angels are those who go out of their way to help us with events, logistics, information, and services.  An Angel can be any person in the community who has made a major contribution directly to benefit the Abbey.  Their contributions may be in their volunteer time, materials, or financial donations.

Belle has wonderfully donated her time to photographing the official portraits of the Sisters.  It is also part of a bigger work she is planning where she will create a photobook on the Vancouver Sisters.  You can see her portraits on our "Meet the Sisters" page.

Congratulations to Belle and Cristie!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Native Sons and Sisters

(L to R) Sister Bodice Rippa, Postulant Knotty by Nature, Sister Festivus Illuminata, John Ferrie, Jock McDonald, Sister Diversity Rains, Novice Sister Fancy Pants

The Sisters were out to support one of our Saints' new art show.  St. John of the Broad Strokes, aka John Ferrie, partnered with one of his childhood friends, photographer Jock McDonald to create an art show called "Native Sons".  Born and raised in Vancouver, they have since gone on to international fame in the fields of painting and photography.  The concept of this show was for Jock to take pictures of Vancouver, then give them to John to paint his version of the paintings.  The result was a beautiful feast for the eyes and showed how distinct their visions are.  We were honoured to have been there for the opening of this show.

John was sainted 5 years ago in November 2011.  His contributions to the gay and lesbian community has been applauded and has gained him much appreciation.  He continues to donate his paintings for auctions to benefit numerous organizations from BC Positive Living to AIDS Vancouver.  Please visit his website for more information about John and his work,

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Digital Quilt-munity is Live!

20 years ago, October 11-13, 1996, the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  30 years ago, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.  Lest we forget, here is a link to the Aids Memorial Quilt -

The AIDS Memorial Quilt served as an inspiration to the Vancouver Sisters.  Along with our work to bring together diverse community groups who are striving towards similar goals, we present our Digital Quilt-munity of Hope.  The Digital Quilt-munity is our online resource page of organizations and businesses at serve and are of service to our distinct community.

When working on the Digitial Quilt-munity, we found 85 organizations and businesses to include on our quilt.  The logos of each organization and business represents their "patch" on our quilt and is linked to their respective website.  85 patches!  This shows that our community is diverse, vast and strong.  And we know there is more that we can include.  If you know of organizations that have not been represented on our quilt, please send us an email at

Here is the link to our Digital Quilt-munity of Hope -  We hope you will find it to be a helpful resource.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Entering the Sisterhood - The Elevation of a New Sister!

The Vancouver Sisters are growing!  Please help us welcome to the Sisterhood, Sister Bodice Rippa!  Bodice has taken the long and scenic path towards becoming a Fully Professed Member with the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of the Long Cedar Canoe.  Today, she elevated from Novice to Sister, thus completing the first leg of her journey towards Joy!  An element of the elevation ceremony is "the veiling" where Bodice was given a coloured veil by her supporting member, Sister Koo-Koo Kachoo.  Bodice dropped to her knees and with guidance from Reverend Mother Diversity Rains, she recited her Sister vows.  With tears in her eyes, she perfectly professed intentions to promulgate Joy, expiate stigmatic guilt and serve the community.  However . . . it was difficult to tell whether her tears of Joy were from reciting the vows or being on her knees . . . or both.  Couldn't tell.  :)

To elevate from Novice to Sister, Bodice had to complete a resume highlighting her inner and outer joy as well as completing a novice project.  She chose to produce a document called "How to be a Trans Ally".  She tirelessly interviewed contributors and thoroughly researched trans terminology.  Her final document provides "tips and information on how to become an ally to the Transgender community, and other Gender Identities and Expressions."  In an every growing landscape of the definition of gender, her work comes at just the right time.  Although it does not and cannot cover every individual, her work will help start the conversation on the right step.  Look for her document to be part of the Sister website in the coming months.

Sister Bodice Rippa, welcome to the Sisterhood!


Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Blessing of Joy in the Union of Love

L-R - Novice Sister Fancy Pants, Sister Merry Q Contrary, Brian and Neyerson, Sister Festivus Illuminata and Reverend Mother Diversity Rains

The Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were invited to perform and attend the wedding ceremony of husbands Brian and Neyerson Chittock.

It is such a joy to be a Sister helping out where we can in our community and the joy we feel doing our work is reflected back to us when our community welcomes us into their lives.  Brian and Neyerson did just that.  Sister Festivus is a Wedding Officiant/Celebrant.  She has officiated many weddings and each ceremony is a beautiful experience.  The Sisters and Brian, Executive Director of AIDS Vancouver have a long philanthropic history.  So the Sisters wanted to be there for him and his family on this joyous occasion.

Brian and Neyerson's story is one of the love in the 21st century.  They met via Facebook and the expressions of joy on their faces is what you will find if you look in the Book of Love.  Many congratulations and blessings to Brian and Neyerson.