Successful applicants for this $650 scholarship will exhibit creative leadership skills in the compassionate service towards the improvement of the lives of ALL members of our community.

Sister Barbi was a founding member of The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who was gifted with the ability to see the “big picture” and who could visualize the path needed to accomplish the objective. Incredibly resourceful, Sister Barbi would not allow roadblocks to derail his journey but remained focused on the end goal.


Sister Barbi’s leadership and resourceful persistence resulted in the successful completion of community projects that had been previously considered “lost causes”. And so, Sister Barbi quickly became recognized as legendary leader.


Sister Barbi willingly and selflessly provided guidance and mentorship to his fellow Sisters and their communities in San Francisco, Palm Springs and Portland. Endlessly creative and resourceful, Sister Barbi used humor, heartfelt compassion and a healthy splash of chutzpah to help raise funds for hundreds of local organizations and bring awareness to issues affecting the quality of life in her community


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Who Are the Nuns of The Above?


To The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Nuns of the Above are members of the Sisterhood who have passed on to the afterlife.

They are our ancestors, our elders, our trailblazers. They are Sisters who have walked the journey before us, living and loving, laughing playfully and fighting fiercely. They are physically gone now but they will never be forgotten. In our hearts they are with us still, walking beside us and guiding us as we stumble through our own journeys.


Some Nuns of the Above are fellow Russian River Sisters. Men and women whom we have known and worked beside, loved and lost. We think of them often and we miss them dearly. There are times when we are at a loss in how to proceed with an issue, but the answers come when they are needed. We see their faces, we hear their voices and we feel their presence as they come to our hearts and minds to give us guidance… whether it be a memory, a thought or a gentle nudge in a certain direction.


There are also Nuns of the Above who are Nuns of Legend, founders of The International Sisterhood. In the early years they built the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence  into a viable organization. They worked with passionate hearts to prepare a foundation for us to follow. They laid a groundwork for us, a model for future ministries to be built upon. Through their work the Sisterhood was expanded and spread around the world. By keeping all of their collective memories alive we continually learn from their examples, examples good and bad, hilarious and heartbreaking, but still rich in lessons to be learned. The retelling of their stories become lessons of life for those willing to listen. Lessons of lives once lived, of ravaged bodies soothed, of broken hearts mended and of fractured communities united.

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