The Sisters exist as an order of 21st century queer nuns who welcome a broad spectrum of genders, sexual orientations, religious and 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.
Founded in 2010, the Vancouver Sisters continue to honour the ‘sistory’ of the world-wide Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence by working to improve the lives of those affected by HIV. Each year the Vancouver Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence honour Vancouver’s present-day reality through work to alleviate and end homelessness, to provide support to groups and projects that might otherwise go unacknowledged.
On August 4, 2012, after 2 1/2 years of finding glitter in all sorts of fun and unusual places, the Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe became a Fully Professed House of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- the first in Canada in over 25 years.
We bring together a diverse community 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.
The Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe Society is incorporated as a non-profit organization in British Columbia (Society No. S-57503) and is registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency as a charitable organization (Charitable Registration No. 83349 2804 R0001).
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Most often the Sisters are seen out having a good time, looking fabulous and enjoying ourselves. However, what is not often seen is the great deal of work that each Sister does. Similarly, we are often associated with fundraising. Although we do a lot of fundraising, that is not our mission and our work spans a lot of other areas.
In addition to fundraising, the work of a Sister also includes ministry, education and entertainment. We organize, plan and throw events, some of which are very large and complex.
The Sisters regularly visit local hospices, bringing joy to the people there. We also have some very intense one-on-one sessions with the people we meet while out.
Ours is a "ministry of presence". The Sisters frequently act as educators, lecturing to classrooms of students and informing the cute boy at the bar about the risks of unsafe sex. And if you've ever been to one of our bingo games or any other event that is hosted by the Sisters, you have seen us in our role as MC and hostess.
Being a Sister requires many different skills and an investment in time, energy and money.
If you have an interest in this work and feel that you have what it takes, please take the next step by and visit: https://www.yvrsisters.ca