Thursday, May 19, 2016

Triathlon Fundraiser for YVRSisters

Below is a message from one of our Novices, Novice Sister Fancy Pants:

Hello friends,

Have you ever thought of running a triathlon but never knew where to start?

Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself physically but didn’t want to do it by yourself?

Have you ever wanted to be part of a team that trained together, provided support for each other and helped raise funds for charity?

If you’ve said yes to any or all of the above, we are here to help.  We are Rebecca and Tee, certified Personal Trainers and Yoga instructors with over 5 triathlons, 20 half marathons and marathons completed between us.  We are running a “Your First Triathlon Adventure with Team SOPI” for people who want to train for a triathlon in a fun and supporting environment.  The charity we are supporting is the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  They are a non-profit organisation of volunteers that provide funds and support for other causes such as LGBT, AIDS/HIV, Homeless shelters and Women’s support to name a few.

Regardless of your fitness level, regardless of this is your first, second or 15th triathlon, if you want to be part of something fun and challenging, then you are welcome to join us.

We will provide you with a 15-week training program starting May 30, 2016 up to race day September 5, 2016.  Some of the training you do on your own and some as a group.  During the 15 weeks, we will provide “specialty clinics” on how to change a bike tire, swimming tips, cross training, stretching, nutrition and motivation.  And we are there every step of the way.

There are costs associated with the event itself such as registration and purchasing of needed racing gear.  However, there is no fee to join our group.  As we are raising money for the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a $50 donation would be greatly appreciated.

We are available for any questions or if you wanted to speak to us directly for more information.

Thank you,

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Postulant's Tale of Transformation

What an experience. I was finally able to join the YVR Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for an event and had enough courage to dress up for it. I went all in . . . "go big or go home" . . . so I went big. Here's my first transformation into Postulant Fancy Pants. I went with a red face because the event we went to was called "Red", a fundraising event for Positive Living BC (plus I am not allowed to present in white face until I am a Novice). I was so nervous since the morning that my nerves and stress aggravated my chronic low back pain. I was stiff and my back was very tender all day and night.
The nerves continued to applying glue on my eyebrows to applying my pink foundation to the drawing my eyebrows to putting red powder all over my face to putting on my fake eyelashes (4 times!) to finishing off lipstick. But, as the process went along (for 2 full hours) I was feeling more "Fancy". It was like an out-of-body experience where I saw me turning my head this way and that and sucking in my cheeks to get a "model" look. (Looking a photo collage now, I can see the nerves on my face as I was starting to my Zoolander moment when my face was done.)
I topped the make up off with a corset top that I made and a pair of black patent leather 5" heels. I could feel my Fancy Pants persona starting to emerge and that freaked me a bit. I was looking forward to this moment because I didn't know what aspect of my personality would break out. Well, I know now . . . she is quite the supermodel wannabe and that makes me feel confident that I chose the right name.
With amazing support from Sister Lois Price and Sister Festivus Illuminata, I not only did my face and dress up, but I also walked out into the public. More nerves but feeling okay with it.
The event was wonderful with such amazing, giving spirits helping to raise much need funds for Positive Living BC. I had a great time mingling with guests and felt really comfortable talking to people. After a while, I forgot that I had make up on and that I was wearing uncomfortable heels and a sausagy corset. And the amazing thing is that my make up stayed on the whole time.
I felt so beautiful and it was very difficult to want to take my make up off. I feel very comfortable in my own skin but I have never felt beautiful in my own skin but I really did tonight. It was a bit of a let down after washing off all the make up because a plain face was looking back at me but the memory of Fancy Pants is still there.
I get the idea of what it takes to being a Sister now. It's a lot of work and dedication but the experience is wonderful. See the happy faces on people when they see the Sisters and knowing that we are contributing to that is something I feel is part my path. I joined the Sisters because I wanted to continue to do my volunteer work and fundraising but as part of a team and on a bigger scale. Well, I got my wish.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Missionary Moments with Sr. Visa DeKline

Greetings friends! Sister Visa here - it's been awhile since I've made a blog entry, but I wanted to post something about what it's like to be a Missionary Sister.

At the beginning of October, I packed up my life in Vancouver, and moved about 1,050 km east (that's 660 miles for you American folk), to Calgary, AB. It was a difficult and exciting decision, as I've lived in Vancouver my entire life and built many great friendships and support systems there. But the lower cost of living, and the prospect of forming great new relationships in Calgary was calling me - and so move I did. As an active member of the Vancouver Sisters, I was a little concerned about how I could continue to serve the community in my capacity as a Sister, in a city where no Sister presence currently existed. For a short time a few years ago, there was a Mission group in nearby Edmonton - but unfortunately it never progressed any further than a Mission - so Sisterless Alberta remained.

My "scary' Halloween look!
Calgary presents it's own unique challenges in supporting and serving it's LGBTQ2+ community, let alone a group of 21st century queer nuns! It's a relatively conservative city with only a handful of gay/gay friendly establishments. Like most cities in North America, at one point it had many gay bars but as social media became a thing, the community looked to apps and websites to meet one another instead of going out to a pub or club. The community in Calgary is quite large, but with only a handful of venues to choose from - they tend to be either very tightly knit, or they result to holding events in private homes and venues. I've only had the opportunity to manifest once since moving here, on Halloween - where I visited almost every gay venue in the city in addition to attending a gay party in a straight venue. It was a great night though! I got to spend some time with the Emperor and Empress of Calgary, and several members of their house. I got to meet members of the community who were curious about who the Sisters are, and what we do! As a Missionary Sister, the most important thing for me to do is to continue meeting and building relationships with members of the community, and helping them as much as I can. The Emperor and Empress are holding a World AIDS Day event on November 28th, and I plan on being involved in some way. While I hope to one day assist in establishing a house here - for now, I will work my ass off to support my Sisters in Vancouver, as well as the established groups that are serving the community here in Calgary. In doing so, I'll spread my sisterly joy, talk to everyone who will listen about the Sisters and what we do, and hopefully drum up some interest in founding a house here! The world needs more Sisters - and I plan on doing my part to make it so!

In the meantime, I'd love to hear from anyone in Calgary who's interested in the work we do, anyone who wants to know more about us - and I'd also love to hear from any Sisters out there who've ever been in the Missionary position (minds in the gutter, I know, I know!) who can share their experiences with me! As a relatively virginal Missionary gal, I'm sure there's plenty for me to learn!

Sending you love and light from the city of stampedes, stetsons, and warm winter chinook winds!



Thursday, February 12, 2015

To read the latest about the Vancouver Sisters and our Official 5th Anniversary party just click here!

Thank you

February Elevations!

Sister Tora Wholes, proud momma Sister Petunia Encarnata,
and Reverend Mother Alma Bitches with Sister Lois Price on her knees
as per usual.

 Congratulations to Sister Lois Price on her successful elevation to Fully Professed Member at last night's General Business Meeting!  A full house was on hand to witness Lois' vows and to welcome her to her new role.  Lois' Novice Project was our recent grocery bagging escapade at "Your Independent Grocer" back in December and was a huge success! The entire Abbey is very excited to have Sister Lois Price as a Full Member for life.  
Sister Lois and Sister Petunia
Lois was not the only member elevating last night; Aspirant Anthony and Aspirant Eileen also took the next steps in their journey with the Sisters as they both successfully elevated to Postulant!! Congratulations to both of you on your success! The Abbey also welcomed Aspirant Nettie to the group!! We're getting bigger everyday!

The post elevation crowd :) Congrats to Lois, Anthony, and Eileen!