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the Order of Perpetual Indulgence
Toronto, Ontario House (1980s)

The Toronto House of the Sisters 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 House OPI (after the Mother House and the Sydney Australia House).

The last active Sisters (Atrociata von Tasteless, Celestial Gates, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit, Sadie Masochism and Sleazia) declared the Chapter 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.

 

In the ‘Links’ Section you will find the web-site of the San Francisco ‘Mother House’. Although each House or Chapter is an independent organization, San Francisco is recognized as the first manifestation of Perpetual Indulgence (and is the registered owner of the trademark in the USA).


Standing (from left to right): Nurse Sisters Celestial Gates, Sleazia, Flagellation of Forbidden Fruit,
Atrociata von Tasteless
. Being inspected: Sister Sadie Masochism. The cover image of the Toronto chapter’s “Cum Clean” – an informative 1980’s pamphlet addressing STD’s in the Gay Community.

 

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A 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 [...]
  • Here, for the first time in public, is the Application Form to be considered as a novice with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Toronto Chapter). The following two images show only the top and [...]
  • From time to time the Sisters invited selected applicants to a private Tea. It was an opportunity for the applicants and Living Rules to socialize and discuss in more detail what Sisterhood means. [...]

The Good Works

  • One of the the vows we took as Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was to do our utmost to rid the world of stigmatic guilt. Our Chapter promoted the use of Guilt Disposal Bags – as illustrated in [...]
  • Special 10th Anniversary Blessing GODDESSES, AWAKE AND ATTEND US HEAR THE PAGAN PRAYER THAT WE PRAY WE ASK THAT YOU BESTOW YOUR BLESSINGS ON THIS GROUP TODAY YOUNG GAY FOLKS HAD NO ONE TO TURN TO NO [...]
  • Songs and Chants For Use On The Anti-Falwell Demonstration – October 24th, 1982        C  H  A  N  T  S [...]

The News

  • 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 start [...]
  • 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 the web [...]
  • Coming soon: Sister Admin has not seen the movie; it is our understanding that at least one formerly-active Toronto nun did meet with the producers – in addition to the current members of the [...]

Administrivia

  • Below is the text of the advert placed by the last Living Rules of the Toronto House announcing their decision to cease Chapter operations. The ad refers to a plebescite; a request for feedback from [...]
  • Glossary from the Sisters’ Handbook, circa 1983 Antiphonal response     In liturgy, the reply given by the faithful to a prayer offered by an officiating religious. ‘Bobby [...]
  • The nuns in virtually all the houses & missions in the USA, Germany and France use whiteface. In fact the Australian and British orders are the only ones that, to my knowledge, have a majority [...]