Smothering Sisters by Si Hands
The Manchester Sisters outside Manchester Central Library - photo by Si Hands

The path to becoming a full blown Sister doesn’t happen overnight. So, what does it take?

“As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two sisters, Simone, who is called Petra, and Andrea his sister, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed…” (Matthew 4:18-20)


What Matthew omitted was that Petra and Andrea returned to their nets and fashioned fish scaled tights with them for use in their new musical: “Jesus Christ Superstar”.  

This is the tale of a nice man who fell in love with a sex worker before being nailed to a tree by society.

The story is the origin of our work against sexual shame and also the term ‘fishnet stockings’.


So, to get back to the question in hand – what do you need to become a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence?

Basically, a desire to help others. To show willing, to volunteer, to step up to the mark and do something positive without any personal gain – other than the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped in some way.

You’ll love sharing love, showing empathy and compassion and being an all round gorgeous human being. That’s all that’s needed! Oh, and some spare time too and living in the Greater Manchester area.

Sister BangBang found her calling with poppers in hand, mounting a disco ball…she screeched in to the convent like Miley Cyrus (but far, far older).

Sister Matic found her calling during Mardi Gras 1999 -after sipping a delightful cocktail of gin, beer and Canal water. She ran for the Convent shrubbery to throw up, waking 5 days later in the arms of Seth the gardener. She decided to stay, who wouldn’t?!

So as you can see, the call to Sisterhood takes many guises. If you feel a queer urge and seek to fight shame and guilt, you could do worse than take on our veil.  

And now, if you desire, here’s a bit more about the journey of a Sister…there are four stages to becoming a fully fledged sister:

The four stages of sisterhood

1: Aspirant

definition: someone who aspires to being or doing

So, you are expressing an interest in the Sisterhood. You like the idea but don’t want to commit to anything just yet. So you decide to find out more about the Sisters. You are an Aspirant, already!

This is usually expressed along the lines of “Don’t you look fabulous Sister!” (We like that). We arrange to meet for a cuppa and a chat.  If that all looks good, we’ll invite you out at our next event and you’ll become a Postulant.

Click here to send us a message, so we can arrange to meet you!

2: postulant

definition: a person admitted to an order as a probationary candidate for membership

You are a Postulant for a minimum of three months, or so.
You are trying it out; giving it a go. It’s one way to know if you have what it takes, and we all get to know one another.

You’re not an official member of the House yet – but you’re seeing if you like this life.

Hopefully you will get to the point where you can take your vows and become a…


definition: an inexperienced person doing a job or role for a short time

Being a Novice Sister lasts about a year and a day, or so – it depends on many circumstances. Could be shorter, could be longer.

This period is where it gets a little bit serious!

When you become a Novice you take on vows and a get yourself a full habit (white veil) in the Ceremony of  Vestition.
You agree who will be your Novice Mistress and they will train you in the ways of the Force. And you have loads of fun getting out and about as a (Novice) SISTER!


definition: a complete show off who frequently falls off her heels

If you have proven to be a talented nun and all the other Black Veils agree (via a vote at a closed meeting),  we accept you into the Manchester order fully and you take your final vows at your second ceremony!

Sometimes the Black Veils will vote not to elevate you to the role of Black Veil at that moment, and you will need to carry on as a Novice for a bit longer.

If they do ALL vote (it has to be unanimous) then you’ll be given a Ceremony of Profession. You can now vote and eventually train other nunlings (usually after six months after becoming a Black Veil Sister.

You get a black veil and can start creating your own signature look like Sister BangBang. (She says it took her years to perfect – actually she was visiting B&Q when the paint mixer exploded. She hasn’t washed since).

Want to start your journey?

Contact us now

Contact Sister BangBang on Facebook or Twitter, to arrange to meet up for a casual chit-chat. 

Or just fill out your details here and tell us why you’d like to become a Sister and then hit the Send button and Sister BangBang will reply back to you. 

Keep in mind that we are Manchester based and therefore tend to take on those only in the Greater Manchester area. There are other Houses throughout the land that might be closer to you and therefore more convenient!

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You’ll find out what we are are doing, plus dates and times too!