Sistory of The Smokin' Cardinal Sisters

Becoming Who We Are Today.

The Smoking Cardinal Sisters are just one of the latest additions to the global organization of queer nuns that make up a great network of dedicated individuals focused on creating a better world by finding the joy in every day events and inspiring those around us by letting them know they are loved.

The North Carolina house has a considerably shorter history than the larger orgainizaion, but we wanted to present both of them here.


THE SISTERS OF SACRED INSANITY FORMED

Nov 12th, 2012

All things have their time and after talking to sisters from other houses we decided it was time for us to form a house.

FIRST OFFICIAL MANIFESTATION

Jan 26th, 2013

Sisters from Atlanta, Nashville, and Tampa came to Greensboro to join us at Chemistry Nightclub

CONDOM MINISTRY

March 23rd, 2013

The Sisters went to Q Lounge and Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Apr 12th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

H8'S A DRAG

Apr 19th, 2013

A group of our Sisters traveled to Nashville, TN for and met Sisters from Many other houses.

STOMP H8

Apr 20th, 2013

A wonderful evening of performances put on for the younger members of our community.

BAR MINISTRY

Apr 26th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

OUT!RALEIGH STREET FAIR

May 4th, 2013

The Sisters at stepping out on the streets of Raleigh

BAR MINISTRY

May 10th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

May 24th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Jun 7th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Jun 15th, 2013

The Sisters at Flex Nightclub in Raleigh

BAR MINISTRY

Jun 21st, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Apr 12th, 2013

The Sisters at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Apr 12th, 2013

"COMMUNITY TURN ABOUT SHOW"

Jul 13th, 2013

we held our First event "Community Turn About Show" at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro. The event was held to benefit the Triad Health Project. $520 was raised that night

GRAND GALA

Jul 27th, 2013

We were invited to attend the CMF33 (Crape Myrtle Foundation) Grand Gala

BAR MINISTRY

Aug 2nd, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Aug 16th, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

MISSION STATUS

Aug 19th, 2013

UNPC Call and we became a MISSION!

BAR MINISTRY

Sep 13th, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

GREENSBORO PRIDE

Sep 14th, 2013

Greensboro Pride where worked the Chemistry Booth and was interviewed by the newspaper

PARTY BEFORE PRIDE

Sep 27th, 2013

Pre-Pride Party at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh

NC PRIDE

Sep 28th, 2013

North Carolina Pride where we rode on the Flex Nightclub Float. Also went out to Flex Nightclub that night.

BAR MINISTRY

Oct 11th, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

WINSTON-SALEM PRIDE

Oct 19th, 2013

Winston-Salem Pride

PHI PHI O'HARA

Oct 19th, 2013

Phi Phi O'hara Show Benefiting the Sisters of Sacred Insanity's 501(c)3 fund. $590 was raised.

BAR MINISTRY

Nov 08th, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

CHEMISTRY'S RED PARTY

Nov 16th, 2013

Chemistry's One Year Anniversary and Red Party Starring Lineysha Sparx benefiting the Triad Health Project. We raised $1,379

BAR MINISTRY

Nov 23rd, 2013

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

DRAGSTARS AT SEA

Nov 30th – Dec 8th, 2013

Some of the Sisters went on the Drag Race Cruise and manifested with other houses including Nashville, San Francisco, and Dallas

HOLIDAY PARTY

Dec 21st, 2013

Chemistry Nightclub's Holiday Party

FUND RAISER

Jan 11th, 2014

Fundraiser at Flex Nightclub with Adult Film Star Draven Torres benefiting the Alliance of AIDS Services. We raised $250

BAR MINISTRY

Jan 25th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub and Warehouse 29 in Greensboro

DURHAM TAKES OVER

Feb 07th, 2014

Durham Take Over's Anniversary at The Bar in Durham

BAR MINISTRY

Feb 14th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro a meeting was held that night and the name was changed to the "Smokin' Cardinal Sisters"

PERPETUAL INDULGENCE BALL

Mar 02nd, 2014

Some of our Sisters Traveled to Orlando for Kenya Nott's Novice Project the Perpetual Indulgence Ball

FUND RAISER

Mar 29th, 2014

Jujubee at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro benefiting the Smokin' Cardinal Sisters' General House Fund. We raised $875

H8's A DRAG

Apr 11th, 2014

Some of our Sisters traveled to Nashville, TN for H8's A Drag

STOMP H8

Apr 12th, 2014

Stomp H8 in Nashville, TN

BAR MINISTRY

Apr 19th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

OUT!RALEIGH

May 03rd, 2014

Out!Raleigh Street Fair. Then that night we went out to Flex and Legends Nightclub

BAR MINISTRY

May 24th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BLACK PARTY

May 31st, 2014

Black Party at Flex Nightclub with Adult Film Star Draven Torres benefiting the Alliance of AIDS Services. We raised $302

DRAG BINGO

Jun 21st, 2014

Alliance of AIDS Services Drag Bingo

BAR MINISTRY

Jun 28th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

WHITE PARTY

Jul 19th, 2014

The White Party at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

GRAND GALA

Jul 26th, 2014

We were invited to attend the CMF34 Grand Gala in Raleigh

DRAG BINGO

Aug 08th, 2014

Alliance of AIDS Services Drag Bingo

CHARLOTTE PRIDE

Aug 16th, 2014

Charlotte Pride

BAR MINISTRY

Aug 23rd, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

NC PRIDE PAGEANT

Aug 29th, 2014

We were asked to tally the scores for the Miss NC Pride Pageant at Legends Nightclub in Raleigh

NC PRIDE PAGEANT

Aug 30th, 2014

NvSr Raven B'Yotch was asked to Judge the Mr NC Pride Pageant at Flex Nightclub in Raleigh

GREENSBORO PRIDE KICK OFF

Sep 12th. 2014

Greensboro Pride Kick Off Party at Chemistry Club

GREENSBORO PRIDE

Sep 13th, 2014

Greensboro Pride & Out!Greensboro

80'S DRAG BINGO

Sep 20th, 2014

Ladies of the 80's Drag Bingo for Alliance of AIDS Services

NC PRIDE KICK OFF PARTY

Sep 25th, 2014

NC Pride Kick Off Party at Flex Nightclub

NC PRIDE PARTY

Sep 26th, 2014

NC Pride Party at Club 15 with Seth Fornea and Flex Nightclub

NC PRIDE

Sep 27th, 2014

North Carolina Pride ~ We had a float in the parade. That night we closed NC Pride at Flex Nightclub

DRAG BRUNCH

Sep 28th, 2014

Drag Brunch benefiting Alliance of AIDS Services

BINGO'S A WITCH

Oct 11th, 2014

Bingo's A Witch ~ Drag Bingo for the Alliance of AIDS Services

BAR MINISTRY

Nov 01st, 2014

Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro for Chemistry's Freak Show. We sold Jello Shots that night for the general house fund

BAR MINISTRY

Nov 08th, 2014

Bar Ministry at Flex Nightclub and Legends Nightclub

SHOT SALES

Nov 15th, 2014

We were asked to come to Chemistry Nightclub to sell Jello Shots during a benefit show for an assault victim

ON A BOAT

Nov 30th - Dec 8th, 2014

Some of our Sisters sailed the high seas with other Sisters from Nashville, Louisville, and Minnesota

BAR MINISTRY

Dec 20th, 2014

At Flex Nightclub and Legends Nightclub where we were joined by our new Postulant Sacralicious

DRAG DINNER

Jan 10th, 2015

We held a Drag Dinner with proceeds going to the Chatham Social Health Council we raised $580.

STUDIO54 BINGO

Jan 24th, 2015

Studio 54 Drag Bingo for the Chatham Social Health Council

STD EDUCATION

Feb 7th, 2015

We held an HIV/AIDS educational event for the Sisters. That night we had a Bar Ministry at Chemistry Nightclub in Greensboro

BAR MINISTRY

Feb 13th, 2015

Bar Ministry at Legends Nightclub

SWEETHEART BINGO

Feb 21st, 2015

Sweetheart Bingo for Chatham Social Health Council

NC SOFTBALL'S LUNCH

Feb 22nd, 2015

We were invited to attend the NC Softball League's Drag Lunch

Our 40th birthday is coming up soon and if you plan to celebrate with The Sisters the place to be is where it all started, San Francisco. You should start planning the trip early because I'm certain it's going to be a crazy good time.

Sistory of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.

A blow-by-blow account of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.

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.


KEN BUNCH MOVES TO SAN FRANCISCO

Jul 1st, 1976 - Apr 24th, 1979

Ken Bunch, who will later become Sister Vicious, PHB, (Vish) leaves Iowa City, Iowa, for the gay Mecca of San Francisco. Among the many treasures she brings to the City, are three nuns habits "borrowed" from a convent in Cedar Rapids.

HARVEY MILK ASSASSINATED

November 13th, 1978

Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Mosconi are gunned down in City Hall by Supervisor Dan White, a self-avowed Christian.

FIRST MANIFESTATION

Apr 14th, 1979 - Nov 21st, 1979

Once upon a time in a galaxy right here on Earth, three men venture into the Castro in nun's habits creating the "first manifestation" and a legend was born.

FIRST GAY PRIDE FLAG FLOWN

June 24th, 1979

Gilbert Baker, who later became Sister Chanel 2001, creates the Rainbow Flag for the Gay Freedom Day Parade, which consisted of eight colors: Hot Pink (sexuality), Red (life), Orange (healing), Yellow (sunlight), Green (nature), Turqoise (magic/art), Blue (serenity/harmony) and violet (spirit).

SPIRITUAL CONFERENCE FOR RADICAL FAERIES

December 31st, 1979

This was the first gathering of Radical Faeiries called for by Harry Hay, who not only started the Radical Faeries but also the Mattachine Society in 1950 and said by some to be the grandfather of the modern LGBT rights movement. Attended by Edmund Garron (Sister Hysterectoria), and many others, who would return to San Francisco and begin building the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

WIMPLE AND HABITS PRODUCED

March 2nd, 1980

The Sisters visited the San Francisco Costume Bank for the final fitting of their habits, having completed fitting of their new wimples on Feb. 29. Fourteen habits were being produced in this first run. Designed by Sister Hysterectoria, the headgear is based on a group of Flemish Nuns from the 16th century and looks like upside brassieres (to this day many Sisters refer to them as ear boobs).

FIRST PUBLIC EVENT: THREE MILE ISLAND ANNIVERSARY

March 30th, 1980

The Sisters made their first public appearance at a march and rally in San Francisco against nuclear power on the first anniversary of the Three Mile Island disaster. Some organizers warned us not to participate. We were politically incorrect and drag queens, they said. We did in fact participate, jumping between the giant Mutant Sponges from the Farralon Islands and some Haight Street hippies pushing a coffin marked Capitalism. Carrying the banner created by Sister Secuba, the Sisters performed their "Rosary in Time of Nuclear Peril," a meditation on The Five Sorrowful Nuclear Realities: The U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, Karen Silkwood killed in Oklahoma, the Chernobyl disaster in Russia, and Three Mile Island. This was alternated with cheerful black and white pompom routines. That first official outing established the range of the ministry of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, from silly satire to thoughtful spirituality to political button-pushing.

FIRST GAY PRIDE

June 29th, 1980

Sisters on a Muni bus on their way to the group's first San Francisco Gay pride where they marched behind the Order's banner. They had just left the convent where Sisters Vish, Mish, Revernd Mother and Agnes lived on Ashbury.