Sunday, January 18, 2015

Just another amazing week in the YVR Sisterhood!

Well friends and supporters, the Vancouver Abbey has had a busy week!  From newspaper cover stories and elevations, to bar ministry and Power point presentations; what didn't we do this week?!

First up, on Wednesday XTRA featured the Vancouver Sisters as their cover feature to mark the 5th Anniversary of Sisters being active in Vancouver.  The article was written by Grace Cameron with photos by Belle Ancell Photography. Read the article here!
Sister Merry Q Contrary, photo by Belle Ancell.

Wednesday evening at the Sister's General Business meeting we had two elevations and bared witness to the rising of Novice Sister Festivus (Fes-tee-vus) Illuminata and Postulant Diversity Rains. A full house was on hand to be a part of the ceremony! What a large group!!

Almost everyone.
Revered Mother Alma Bitches and Mistress of Novices Petunia Encarnata

On Friday afternoon, Sister Sweet Cherribum gave a presentation about the Sisters to the attendees of the LOUD Foundation!  After a brief history of the Sisters around the world and a recap of the Vancouver Abbey's history Sister Sweet presented a $1,000 cheque to be put towards a Scholarship fund in Memoriam of Jim Deva; one of the Abbey's Saints who recently passed.  This must have been a huge moment for Sister Sweet as she has been a recipient of a LOUD Scholarship in the past and has been quoted saying, "receiving the scholarship helped to change her life."

Sister Sweet Cherribum with Carl Meadows from the Foundation of Hope.

Sister Sweet with members of the LOUD Foundation.

Novice Sister Lois Price and Novice Sister Festivus Illuminata.

Friday night, wasting no time at all, Novice Sister Festivus Illuminata and Postulant Diversity Rains went our for some bar ministry with Sister Petunia and Novice Sister Lois Price and Aspirant Anthony!  From the sounds of it, the new members had an amazing time and transformative experience being out in face.  
Aspirant Anthony.

Postulant Diversity Rains and Novice Sister Lois Price.

The Girls giving XTRA some love!  

This weekend marked the beginning of a new program for the Vancouver Abbey.  While in the past we have always done our best to prepare our new members for life as a Fully Professed member (FPM) of the Sisters, the current FPMs felt we could do better.  With our Abbey members growing like weeds and new members showing up almost every month we decided to take a more direct approach and offer classes focusing on what we believe to be the most important things we want budding nuns to take with them on their journeys. In response to our need, Sister Petunia has created an official schedule of monthly seminars (Novice Teas) taught by FPMs to enhance the experience of newer members (and seasoned ones as well).  

Saturday afternoon, hosted by Sister Petunia, the majority of our membership got together and spoke about "Conflict Resolution."  The discussion was led by our own Paladin Bamm Bamm who throughout his professional life has obtained vast experience facilitating on this very topic. Sometimes, like bio-families, members of our Abbey have disagreements and it is crucial for the survival of our group to handle matters respectfully and with care.  Future workshops aim to focus on the following: event planning, make-up training, self-defence, and assertiveness to name a few.

As well as hosting a great workshop, Sister Petunia also led the group in creating some "magic fairy dust" made from various special ingredients gifted to the Abbey from our Grandmother Sister Merry Peter.  After its creation, the dust was collected into vials and distributed between the members for future blessings! Watch out Vancouver, the Sisters are now armed with magic glitter!   

Again, the Vancouver Sisters can't thank you enough for all of your support over the past five years and we can't wait to celebrate with you at our Official Anniversary Event on Tuesday, February 24th at the Junction on Davie!  More details to come on that!

Sister Alma Bitches
Reverend Mother
Abbey of the Long Cedar Canoe Society