The Boston Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Convent of the Commonwealth

Our Mission

We, The Boston Sisters, are an areligious Order of Queer, Clown Nuns who pledge
ourselves to promote Universal Joy and to eliminate Stigmatic Guilt.
We also pledge to serve our Community, our Fellow Sisters, and the Ministry of Perpetual Indulgence.

We do this through our five tenets of Ministry, Activism, Education, Entertainment, and Service.


Who We Are

We are a modern Order of Nuns. We are a philosophical order, not a religious one. We welcome all to help us do good works regardless of their gender associations, spiritual affiliations, or proclivities. You may be male, female, transgender, gender non-binary, or intersex. You may be straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual, queer, or questioning. You may prefer wearing suits or dresses, leather or lace, or nothing at all. You may enjoy baking or boxing, kitsch or kink.

The Boston Sisters are a House of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence™, Inc. (www.thesisters.org), which was founded in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979 and now embodies more than 50 Houses in North America and another 23 Houses worldwide.

The five aspects of our Practice include Ministry, Activism, Education, Entertainment, and Service. We believe that people should be encouraged to live their lives in any way that brings them the most amount of satisfaction and joy, without guilt or shame, so long as they do harm to no one. This underlying philosophical tradition of pure non-judgmentalism informs every aspect of our Practice.


Our Public Manifestation

We are the sacred clowns of our community, taking a stand on the edge of what our society defines as “normal”. All of those who walk beside us are by default closer to the center of the tent of inclusion.


Our Creed

We love you.    We adore you.    We respect you.
We protect you.    We serve you.    We are your Sisters.

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