(Original date: 07/02/2012)
Around the same time as a public screening (last year) of Bad Habits at the 519 Community Centre in downtown Toronto, a group of people interested in establishing a new OPI in Toronto met to start the process. Further discussions led to a formal Inaugural Meeting at the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives in March of this year.
Since the time of the original Toronto House, the procedure and process to forming a new group of Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence has become more structured. The Abbey of the Divine Wood is pursuing Mission status within OPI. The name is a reference to Alexander Wood; an historical figure in Toronto’s gay community. The photograph to the right is of the statue of Mr Wood, taken during Toronto’s 2006 Pride festivities.
The Abbey of the Divine Wood is no longer recognized as a Mission of Perpetual Indulgence. As of this year a new group formed from the ashes of the Divine Wood and is working towards achieving Mission Status. Find The Toronto Sisters: the Convent of the Jubilant Order of York on Facebook.
Also, the Abbey of the Festival City Sisters of Edmonton AB is no longer recognized as a Mission of Perpetual Indulgence; I’ve heard nothing further from there. There is a new group in Montreal that is, I believe, also working to become a Mission- they have a Facebook Page.
The Toronto Convent of JOY continues as a Mission House. The Montreal Sisters area a fully-professed House under the French (Paris) Order.