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.

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


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Wimples of the World
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A Sister’s wimple, or coronet, or headgear, is one of the items a Sister uses to identify her as to which collective, or Order, she belongs. And every Order’s wimple is unique and can draw its inspiration from a number of things. San Francisco’s wimple, for example, went with an historical reference and is inspired by the headgear worn by 14th-century ladies in waiting and is affectionately nicknamed “ear boobs.”

Some Orders drew their inspiration from famous local landmarks. Los Angeles was inspired by the Hollywood Bowl; The Grand Canyon Sisters were inspired by the, well, you know, the Grand Canyon.

Other Orders went for pop references. Orlando’s wimple looks very similar to the ears of a certain rodent which shall remain unnamed. Tampa, on the other hand, used its local football team, the Buccaneers, as inspiration for its pirate-themed wimple. And who could leave Milwaukee out of this category? They decided to make the affectionate term for Wisconsinites “cheeseheads” literal and designed a wimple that looks like a wedge of cheese placed on their heads.

Anyhoo, the wimple, I think you’ll agree, adds to the gorgeous mosaic that we call the Sisterhood. Simply move you mouse over each one to find out where in the world you will find that wimple (not all Orders represented).


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