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the Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence
(1981-1986)

The Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence was founded by Sisters Appassionata della Bawdy House, Opiate of the Masses, Robbed at Birth, Florida Naranja, Intelligentsia, Exposia, Rosa Relentless and Hair Apparent, with their first Public Manifestation at the 1981 Toronto Pride event.

After that first manifestation Sister Mary Media, a member of the San Francisco Mother House and a Toronto native visited and, in the words of Founding Sister Soami DeLuxe (ne Sister Missionary Position) “brought word back to the mother house you were A OK,” and so the Toronto House became the Third Order (after the Mother House and the Sydney Australia Order).

The last active Sisters (Atrociata von Tasteless, Celestial Gates, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit, Sadie Masochism and Sleazia) declared the organization inactive as of October, 1986. In between those dates the Sisters were active in a number of Good Works; this site will commemorate as many as possible.

Although each international Order is independent, the San Francisco House is recognized as the first manifestation of Perpetual Indulgence (and the registered owner of the SPI trademark in the USA).

Below is a scan of the cover image of the Toronto Order’s “Cum Clean” – an informative 1980’s pamphlet addressing STD’s in the Gay Community.



Standing (from left to right): Nurse Sisters Celestial Gates, Sleazia, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit,
Atrociata von Tasteless
. Being inspected: Sister Sadie Masochism

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Novice’s Path

  • Current members of the various orders of Perpetual Indulgence, as well as friends and potential members, may have noticed that the structure of the Toronto House, and the process of attaining Sisterhood, appeared much less [...]
  • Application Form

    April 26, 2011 0
    Here, for the first time in public, is the Application Form to be considered as a novice with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Toronto Order). The following two images show only the top and middle [...]

Good Works

  • Now available: a .pdf with all 19 parody songs written by the Toronto Order for their 1984 Sisters’ Songbook (a fundraiser at the time). I’ve added 8 of the Order’s various annual Solstice party parodies [...]
  • Sister Sleazia

    January 23, 2017 1
    As one of the last active Sisters of the Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence, which went inactive in 1986, I have never referred to, or thought of, myself as a former or ex- nun. While [...]

News

  • More New Nuns

    July 2, 2012 0
    Around the same time as a public screening (last year) of Bad Habits at the 519 Community Centre in downtown Toronto, a group of people interested in establishing a new OPI in Toronto met to [...]
  • New Nuns

    April 25, 2012 0
    No, not a reference to the Solstice classic (see this post) but rather, to a new Mission of Sisters in Edmonton AB that are working towards official OPI Mission status. They may be found on [...]

Administrivia

  • Roll Call

    July 4, 2016 0
    The Toronto Order of Perpetual Indulgence was founded by 8 Sisters: Appassionata della Bawdy House, Opiate of the Masses, Robbed at Birth, Florida Naranja, Intelligentsia, Exposia, Rosa Relentless, Hair Apparent. Additional Sisters who became ‘fully [...]
  • Below is the text of the advert placed by the last Living Rules of the Toronto Irder announcing their decision to cease operations. The ad refers to a plebiscite; a request for feedback from our [...]