1988, November 27 - First appearance as Father Butch at
Milk, George Moscone candlelight vigil.
I was dating someone who turned out to be Sister Dana Van Iqiuity. I
agreed to go to the Vigil with him as it had been a major influence on
why I had moved to San Francisco in the first place. I had no idea that
event would stear me on a course to become a male nun. I admit that
many of the other Sisters were nun too pleased to have a priest hanging
around though they were quick to ask me to watch their purses or open
doors for them. Sister Dana and Sister Vish were the only two members
who welcomed Father Butch from the start. A couple (who will remain
nameless) were openly hostile toward Butch. Of course, as people grow
and mature, all that conflict is now water under the bridge, and I'm
happy to be friends with all the Sisters who originally opposed me
1989, March - The Convent, Monastery & Brothel of Mt St Helen's is
formed by the Imperial Court as it's official church with Father Butch
as it's head.
1989, Oct - Fr. Butch turns over the church to Mother Superior
1990, Oct - Sister
Hellen Wheels is born and the Imperial church is
re-branded as the Daughters of the Divine Eruption. I had no intention
of becoming a nun at this time; I was proud to the the oldest male
member of The Sisters. Still, I wanted to continue dressing up as a nun
for Halloween. I wanted a more subtle name this year. On the way to Sr.
Dana's house, I was reflecting on what a rushed day I'd had at work and
the phrase "It was hell on wheels" popped into my head. Although I've
used a few other names during the years, like Hellen Warefare, Hellen
Wheels has been my primary name for more than 30 years now.
1991 May - Father Butch becomes a fully professed member of the
Sisters. I was never a Postulant, and only a Novice for 5 months. My
memory is that I elevated in May, but it could have been June. I do
know that it was at Cardinal Sin's apartment and that the other Novice
that was being considered that night did not progress.
1992 - 2003 - Father Butch/Sister Hellen are Parliamentarian and Chair
of the Bylaws Committee. During this time, the formal, well recognized
format and wording of the SPI bylaws are written and refined, primarily
1993 - With Mother Superior Herculaneum still missing, Sister Hellen
takes over as the Acting Superior Mother of the Daughter of the Divine
1998 - Fr. Butch Formally retires and turns over his duties to
Heathen. I decided I preferred monks to priests for a
variety of reasons. I chose the new name to underscore the fact that I
am not a Christian.
1999 - Hellen's web content is moved from a shared domain to the
dedicated domain Hellen.org; becoming the first web domain dedecated
soley to a single SPI Sister. Sister Hellen is also elected to be the
SF House's Novice Mistress and VICE-President for three consecutive
2005-2006 - Hellen becomes the Mistress of Missions. The MoM is in
charge of any Missionary House that wants to qualify to use the Sisters
of Perpetual Indulgence's name. The job was supposed to be an easy one,
but ends up being a 40 hour a week unpaid job as Hellen emails and
chats with Mission Founders, Official House Big Sisters and members of
SPI SF. During that time, Hellen creates official documents that
specify in detail what is expected of Missions.
2006 - Hellen founds the the United Nuns Privy Council (UNPC) to give
all FPM Houses a say in the process and responsibility of helping out
new Missionary Houses.
2010 Dec - Sr Hellen is elected for a 4th non-consecutive term as the
VICE-President and Mistress of Novices with the intent of documenting
the role of MoN for the first time. What started off as a quet year,
quickly turned into nearly a full time job as Hellen ushered in 14
Initiate along with creating documents that later MoNs would have
access to (though few have bothered to actually read them.)
2009 - The Perpetual Indulgence Ministry Program is formally founded in
San Francisco as a legitimate ministry. Minister in PIMP legally
qualify to conduct marriages in any state where they can be certified.
Sadly, PIMP does not survive my stepping back from the Prime Minister
2014 - Hellen is elected VICE President of the SF House for the 5th
and final time and is given the title of Prioress. As the position of
First Vice President was eliminated the following year, Hellen is the only Prioress of San
2014 - Brother
Sirius Lee replaced Adamn Heathen and Fr Butch as
Hellen's male counterpart and Mon Senior of the Brothers of the Divine
Eruption, Convent, Monastery & Brothel of Mt St Helens.
2015 - Hellen retires and becomes a Sister Emeritus member of the
Sisters of Prepetual Indulgence, Inc. There are currently only three
Sisters from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. that have
official Emeritus status; Sr. Merry Peter, Sr. Hellen Wheels, and
Sr. Dinah Might. In that order.
2018 - November 27 - Sister Hellen and Brother Sirius celebrate 30
years of service to the Community by attending the Milk/Moscone Candle
Light Vigil and making Sister Onna the newst official member of the
Daughters of the Divine Eruption!
Sr. Hellen or
Bro. Sirius still occasionally meet up with other like-minded folk to
help Get Out The Vote or for an impromptu nunning.
This page last updated June, 2022.