My Vows as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence

Taken in late 1983 and never renounced

  • I vow to offer all my fellow sisters sisterly love, cooperation and understanding;
  • I vow to forsake all appearance of poverty so that my comrade sisters won’t have to buy me drinks at The Barn;
  • I vow to keep my habit clean, my bib and cornice ever-starched and on the ready, and my accessories close at hand for all convent rites;
  • I vow to take an active role in theological discussions and disputations of the Order, and to abide by the Holy Decisions reached by consensus;
  • I vow to pass on to all Sisters any juicy gossip I may hear concerning anyone of interest in the Gay Community;
  • I vow to uphold the Spirit of Stonewall, the Destruction of the Closet, and the Celebration of the Body, which bourgeois society has banished to the Valley of Shame;
  • I vow to keep my soul pure by getting regular VD checkups;
  • I dedicate my spirit to the exploration of love in all its numberless manifestations;
  • I consecrate my being to the delights of sensual and sexual liberation;
  • I undertake to explore the aspects of my desire for frolic and adornment;

Notes
# The above vows are from a specific House (now commonly referred to as an Abbey) and reflect a specific place and time. The Barn closed some years ago and membership in current houses of Perpetual Indulgence are open to queer people of all permutations.

# The core Perpetual Indulgence values- the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt- remain unchanged.

@ As of February, 2015, Sister Flirt was a Founding Member of The Abbey of the Cardinal Sins – an official Mission of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. On March 10, 2017 Sister Flirt resigned from that organization to continue her Ministry as a Sister in Solidarity with the principles of Perpetual Indulgence.

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