The Order of Perpetual Indulgence celebrates 30 years in Australia this year.

An international Order of gay male nuns and lesbian clergy, the Order has been in existence since 1978 when its Mother House opened in San Francisco and the second oldest House in the world is in Sydney.

Since its inception in Australia the Order has grown, not only internationally but also internally, with “daughter” Houses now in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.

The Order operates under four tenets which have remained its driving force since the beginning -the expiation of stigmatic guilt, the promulgation of universal joy, habitual perpetration, and public manifestation.

The Order is a political organisation that seeks to counter the damage done to people in the name of religion, by means of irreverent fun and political street theatre using the discarded uniforms once used to suppress women in the Roman Catholic Church.

As part of its 30th Anniversary celebrations the Order will be holding a picnic from 1pm through 3pm on Saturday the 13th of November at Yurulbin Park at the east end of Louisa Street on Long Nose Point in Birchgrove on the Balmain peninsula.

The invitation is extended to all former and current members of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence as the park is a traditional site the Order has used for celebrations of its Anniversary.

Please remember there are no toilet facilities at this location.

Photo: Lorinda Taylor

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