Sunday 23rd February 2020
A large contingent of over seventy Gathered Faithful joined the Sisters this year, lead again by the renowned historian (Cardinal) Robert French for a very significant History Walk for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Sydney as this year marked the 30th anniversary of the walks.
Introductions taken care of, this year’s Gathered Faithful were also treated to an extraordinarily auspicious event.
To mark not only the significance of this 30th Anniversary History Walk, the Sisters also undertook to honour Robert with the ultimate accolade that the Sisters can bestow on an individual, that of canonisation. In recognition of his many years of support, not only for the Sisters but also for his work in promoting the gay and lesbian history of New South Wales and Sydney in particular and his ongoing work with young people to ensure this history is not lost or forgotten.
The Gathered Faithful joined the Sisters in an invocation to the Great Mother Bitch Dingo.
“… Dingo we call and call on thee,
Oh bless our Cardinal, an extraordinary man.
A font of wisdom and living history,
To celebrate his elevation is the plan…”
Saint Robert was then presented a Certificate of Sainthood from the Order, and Sister Salomé of the 9th Mystic Rhinestone read the citation.
Urbi et orbi…
Saint Robert will henceforth be known by the Sisters as Saint Robert of the Rainbow Chronicles.
Entertaining formalities over, the Sisters and Saint Robert along with the Gathered Faithful set off on their walk, delving into the gay history of the heart of the city focusing on the colonial period.
Click the video link above to watch as the renowned historian, activist and community advocate Robert French is Canonised by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Saint Robert of the Rainbow Chronicles as he will hence forth be known had previously been recognised as Cardinal by the Sisters. St Robert was recognised for his work in promoting the gay and lesbian history of Sydney and New South Wales in particular and is a member of the group known as the 78ers, a group of LGBT activists who marched in the original Sydney Mardi Gras on 24 June 1978.
The Sisters would like to acknowledge William Brougham for making this video available
Sisters Present: Mother Premonstratensia, Sister Salomé of the 9th Mystic Rhinestone, Sister Rowena Keeper of the Holy Doyley,
Sister Catheter of the Sacred Immaculate Ejaculate, Novice Sister Sapphire In My Loins, Novice Sister Helena Anne Basquet
Photos courtesy of Anne Morpett, William Brouham, Eric Hansen
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