Today we’d like to introduce you to Sister Dominia.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My journey with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence began out of a need to become more involved in the LGBTQ+ community. I wanted to be part of an organization that supported and lifted those out of a life of persecution, misunderstanding, and stigmatic guilt.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being a queer nun is not easy, but the work we do within the community makes it all worth it. Some love and respect us. Some loathe us. Many don’t understand the calling we answered to do this kind of work. We can be sometimes be viewed as offensive and insulting to mainstream society and religion. But we answered a call serve a community that was rejected by that same society. That is both challenging and rewarding.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
We raise funds for LGBTQ+ nonprofit charities. We support other community-based charity groups with their needs. We support our people by talking to them, we listen to their hearts and life experiences. We offer words of love and encouragement so that they can live their lives with dignity and respect. And we also perform and put on shows aimed in supporting and encouraging our people to be who they are, without guilt or shame. I cannot think of any other group that has taken on such a calling. We are unlike any other group. We are nuns of the LGBTQ+ community.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
We define success in many ways. Either by raising much-needed funds for local nonprofits or by simply making someone smile. Taking to someone who believes they should be ashamed of who they are and giving them words of encouragement that they never hear is a success. Having some believe they have worth and a place in the world is a success. Spreading love and universal joy to those who desperately need it is a success.
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