Who are the Sisters?

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

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Use our secured method to leave us a tax-deductible donation so that we can further our vows to spread universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt by providing grants to nonprofits that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity in our communities.

Got Stuff?

Cleanliness is next to, well, you know. So when you want to get rid of the stuff cluttering your domicile think about dropping if off at Community Thrift. Not only do you get a tax write off but your favorite charity (The Sisters) gets a portion of what you donate.

Check to see what items they accept.

Items can be donated every day at
623 Valencia St, SF,
from 10am to 5pm.


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Looking to get ahold of the Sisters?  You've come to the right place. Whether you'd like to invite us to a fabulous party, get more information about our Order or compliment us on our flawless sense of style, you can do so here. However, before you jump down to the various contact links below, please read through these guidelines; they can help you find out the best way of getting in touch with us.


Please read our Grants page before contacting us about applying for a grant from the Sisters. The Sisters' Social and Economic Scholarship program ended when Ba Da Bingo did; at this time the Sisters are not offering any sort of scholarships.

The Sisters love to take money from people! And we love giving it out even more. Every donation made to the Sisters, no matter how small helps us to spread joy, banish guilt and serve the community. The Sisters have given out over $2 million, and with your continued support, we hope to give out even more! So when you see a Sister out and about, slip here a dollar or two; we'll make sure it gets to where it needs to go. And if you'd like to make a donation online, please click here!

The Sisters always appreciate being invited to glamorous parties, especially the ones that have open bars. However, we generally prefer to attend events that are fundraisers or are providing some other direct service to the community. We also enjoy the opportunity to educate others and many of us have lectured at various classes around the Bay Area. The Sisters excel at hostessing, emceeing and raising money.

Although all Fully Professed Sisters can speak on behalf of the Order, the best nuns to get "official statements" from are the Abyess or the Board Chairnun.  Questions about specific programs like Bingo or our Grants can best be addressed by the Mistress of that program.

Live outside of San Francisco and looking for some Sisterly flair? Try checking out our World Orders page to see if there's a House close to you. The Sisters have been known to throw their wimples in a suitcase and travel, and are even more inclined to do so when someone's paying for airfare and lodging. We are all non-paid volunteers, after all.

Do you feel a Sisterly calling, but lack a House in your area? Do you think you have what it takes to not only be a Sister, but to bring a new House into the world? If you're interested in starting a Mission, contact the United Nuns Privy Council by using the "General Questions / Other" link below under the "E-Mail Contact Link:" section.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.
584 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2594

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