Meet The Sisters

Sister Diversity Rains (Reverend Mother)

Aspirant:               November 2014
Postulant:             January 2015
Novice:                 May 2015
Fully Professed:    November 2015

Bio: Its never too late to become a nun and Diversity Rains is living proof. Having had an active presence in the LGBTQ+ Community since 2001, she had encountered the Sisters on several occasions in Vancouver and met them at New Westminster Pride in 2011. “No, No,” she proclaimed, “I can’t do that”, when asked about joining the Sisterhood. Time passes, knowledge led to freedom and the possibility of joining the Sisters. In 2014, at New West Pride, she found herself with the Sisters at a photo-op cavorting around and realized she was having fun, and could do that—join the Sisters, maybe, huh? Upon turning 70, determined to be active in the community, she took the plunge and became an Aspirant. To Diversity Rains, living life to the fullest on the edge of something new is what life is about and the Sisters offer her that opportunity to be up front and centre making a difference for others through community involvement. Now somewhere in the back of her mind, or is it the forward part, there is a voice saying, “There is a mission for you to do, now do it!” That mission has something to do with diversity, acceptance, and equality.

Aspirant:               January 2014
Postulant:              March 2014
Novice:                 July 2014
Fully Professed:    March 2015

Bio: From Koo-Koo's first glimpse of the Sisters, she was instantly enthralled. Every aspect about them just made her fall in love. She worked tirelessly to bring the Joy of the Sisters into herself, so that she can expel it back out as a radiant star. Koo-Koo loves doing nothing more than to make people smile and spread kind words. Her goal is to change the world with Grace, Poise, and lots of Flair!











Joined:                  January 2010
Fully Professed:    August 2012

Bio: Merry Q first met the Sisters in 1996. She spent the next 13 years gestating before taking her veil and being born a nun during a Radical Faerie gathering in 2010. Once birthed, she quickly went to work founding the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She infuses her ministry with her sense of social justice, compassion and hope. Merry Q. brings her training in theology, chaplaincy, and various earth-based spiritual traditions to her work with the Sisters.











Aspirant:                September 2013
Postulant:              November 2013
Novice:                  March 2014
Fully Professed:    August 2014

Bio: Paladin Pebbles has a strong connection with the Sisters through his partner Sister Tora.  Already a contributing member of his community, he has found a different way to connect and support the LGBTQ2+ community as Paladin Pebbles.













Sister Bodice Rippa

Aspirant:                November 2014                                      
Postulant:              March 2015
Novice:                  June 2015
Fully Professed:    October 2016

Bio:  Sister Bodice joined the Sisters because she desperately needed a change in her life.  Also, she wanted to do something good for a community that is not always fully represented, which is the trans community. Although not being trans, she is an ally and a lot of important people in her life has come to her and have confided in her that they are indeed trans. A lot of them have passed, in very violent ways and there's nothing more she wants to do than to honour their memory and make sure that people know that they were wonderful loving people and that they were great members of the community.  They are important people in her life and they can be important people in other peoples lives as well.

Her journey with the Sisters has been a blessing.  It has taken from from the depths of hell to the heights of heaven




Sister Ethica Slüt

Joined:                  January 2010

Fully Professed:    August 2012

Bio: Ethica Slüt took her first vows in February 2010 at a rogue veiling ceremony in Oregon. Together with Merry Q. Contrary and others she co-founded the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI). Ethica brings to the Abbey her experience in community health, gender, and sex-positive HIV/AIDS prevention education in queer and trans communities.













Sister Fancy Pants
Aspirant:                July 2015
Postulant:              September 2015
Novice:                  May 2016
Fully Professed:    November 2016

Bio Sister Fancy Pants had reached a point in her life where everything had settled and everything felt comfortable . . . too settled and too comfortable.  Realizing she needed to feel a bit "uncomfortable" in order to learn and grow, she sought out the Sisters.  The Sisters offered her an opportunity to be a part of her Community and to express her philanthropic work as part of a team, part of a family, part of something bigger than herself.

Her Sister journey has encouraged a much more outgoing and inclusive nature that realizes the transformative power of JOY!  She is looking forward to continued personal growth and being part of the ever-changing community, both locally and globally.  And doing it all wearing the tightest of corsets, the highest of heels and the fanciest of pants!  ;)




Sister Festivus Illuminata
Aspirant:                August 2014
Postulant:              October 2014
Novice:                  January 2015
Fully Professed:    July 2015

Bio: As a Novice Sister, Festivus (Fes-tee-vus). came to recognize that most of what is said to one another on a day-to-day does not cut through to real life experience. Her quest is to find ways to do that.

"We the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence present our message of joy and acceptance to the greater community as something that deals with the natural aspirations of the human heart and spirit. We all know that words are so important. We have all heard it said that there is power in the spoken word. We have experienced the fact that words can hurt and words can heal. Sister Festivus has come to believe that Sisters must be wordsmiths. To use words to ravish people with the beautiful reality that he or she is unique and special and that no prior hurtful, unkind, insensitive words, events or any particular individual should take their power and ultimately make them feel any less vital than any other human being."

As Festivus continues to walk the long, fabulous catwalk of Sisterhood, she strives to spread the word that anyone can become a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or sexual identity. You only need to have the drive and desire to reach the hearts of others.


Paladin 'lil Randy

Aspirant:                August 2015
Postulant:              October 2015
Novice:                  March 2016
Fully Professed:    September 2016

Bio:  Paladin 'lil Randy is a sex positive, body positive, french settler, white, able bodied, gender queer who has known the Sisters for a number of years. 'lil Randy has supported a friend in their work with the Sisters loving all that they saw but never understanding that they could be involved themself. Until an article in the Xtra (http://www.dailyxtra.com/vancouver/news-and-ideas/news/vancouver%E2%80%99s-sisters-perpetual-indulgence-turn-five-97764) on the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe mentioned that folks of any gender  and sexuality could join. So they took 6 months to back out of their other volunteer commitments to clear their calendar so they could commit to their work with the Sisters. 'lil Randy created an event 'Let's Talk About Sex, Baby' as their Cadet project and plans to continue such events in hopes to keep up a safer sex, sex positive community. One goal is to produce a safer sex package and resource list for all bodies. 'lil Randy became a fully Professed Paladin in September 2016 and is excited to get out and talk to the community about their ideas of what we can do together to keep our community strong!

Sister Petunia Encarnata
Aspirant:                September 2010
Postulant:              November 2010
Novice:                  April 2011
Fully Professed:    August 2012

Bio When Petunia saw the Sisters walking around on Vancouver's Davie Street for the first time in August 2010, she was hooked. A queer activist and relentless social justice freak, this South American flower in human flesh is consciously and relentlessly sharing the beauty and the joy of life with the queer community and beyond. An active member of the Anglican tradition and a recovering Roman Catholic, Petunia is open to all forms of spiritual and non-spiritual journeys from all walks of life, and is quick to affirm and recognize authenticity and integrity in others. When you see her busy doing bar ministry or blessing folks with holy glitter, come and play with Petunia and if you are interested, let her know that you want to be a Sister or a Paladin...she will steal your heart and take you by the hand into the heart of the Abbey.







Sister Tora Wholes
Aspirant:                March 2012
Postulant:              May 2012
Novice:                  September 2012
Fully Professed:    July 2013

Bio Sister Tora's love of her community brought her to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  Her Sister work helps her communicate her JOY through ministry to the bars and clubs and streets of the Greater Vancouver Area.













Sister Visa DeKline
Aspirant:                December 2013
Postulant:              February 2014
Novice:                  June 2014
Fully Professed:    May 2015

Bio Sr. Visa has been spreading joy, expiating guilt and serving the community since she felt the call to Sisterhood in December 2013. Having first met members of the Abbey of St. Joan several years earlier, Visa was delighted and excited when she learned that a house had formed in Vancouver. She was encouraged to join after spending time with the Sisters and witnessing the amazing energy they bring to Vancouver's LGBTQ scene. Visa is passionate about reducing shame - specifically as it relates to body imagery and stigma surrounding HIV. In September 2015 - Visa moved to Calgary, Alberta and serves as a missionary Sister - spreading the mission and values of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence while partnering with local organizations and charities. She hopes to one day see many more Sisters in Alberta - but remains committed to the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe - staying active through regular participation in the monthly business meetings and by serving as one of Vancouver's delegates on the United Nuns Privy Council. 


Sister Zahra Nansaidh
Aspirant:                June 2013
Postulant:              October 2013
Novice:                  February 2014
Fully Professed:    August 2014
Sabbatical:            2016

Bio coming . . . 


















Novice Sisters / Cadet Paladins

Novice Sister Lucy Caboose
Aspirant:                November 2013
Postulant:              January 2014
Novice:                  July 2014
Fully Professed:    

Bio coming . . . 


















Postulants and Aspirants

Postulant Mike Hunt
Aspirant:                March 2016
Postulant:              May 2016
Novice:                  
Fully Professed:    

Bio coming . . . 


Postulant Kip
Aspirant:                February 2017
Postulant:              April 2017
Novice:                  
Fully Professed:    


Bio coming . . . 


Aspirant Ian
Aspirant:                April 2017
Postulant:              
Novice:                  
Fully Professed:    


Bio coming . . . 


Postulant Alan
Aspirant:                April 2017
Postulant:              
Novice:                  
Fully Professed:    


Bio coming . . . 



Retired Members

Sister Alma Bitches
Aspirant:                October 2010
Postulant:              January 2011
Novice:                  July 2011
Fully Professed:    August 2012
Retired:                 October 2016

Bio Alma has been a fan of the Sisters ever since the first time she attended one of their events in the Russian River and swore if they ever popped up in Vancouver that she would be there. When she saw the founding members of the Vancouver abbey walk in the 2010 PRIDE parade she knew the time had come. After having traveled afar (Berlin, Paris, SFO, SEA, and PDX) and experiencing first hand the magic each house brings to their own community; Alma knows she has her own part to play here in YVR and that she is now one small part of an amazing Sistory and a bright future ahead!

Paladin Bamm Bamm
Aspirant:                January 2010
Postulant:              December 2010
Novice:                  July 2011
Fully Professed:    August 2012
Retired:                 October 2015

Bio Bamm Bamm is responsible for supporting the ministrants (the nuns) in their work, and helping to ensure everyone’s safety. Bamm Bamm first became aware of the Sisters from hearing about their origins: supporting those diagnosed with AIDS when the disease first struck the gay community. For Bamm Bamm, involvement with the Sisters is part of a spiritual journey, and he views our work as a ministry of service back to the community – indeed, back to all our communities.



Sister Lois Price
Aspirant:                January 2014
Postulant:              March 2014
Novice:                  July 2014
Fully Professed:    February 2015
Retired:                 August 2016

Bio coming . . .






Sister Sweet Cherubim
Aspirant:                September 2010
Postulant:              November 2010
Novice:                  December 2011
Fully Professed:    November 2012
Retired:                 October 2015

Bio: Sweet CherriBum brings glamazon realness every time she walks the Vancouver streets to spread joy and fight stigmatic guilt! A lover of fanciful footwear, every step she takes in heels is a celebration of strong women and women everywhere. Sweet has been actively volunteering for HIV/AIDS charities since 2009 and continues that work through her activism with the Sisters. A lover of music and all things geeky, Sister Sweet hopes to bring out smiles wherever she goes.

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