SISTER LENA GENSTME SCHOLARSHIP
Sister Lena Genstme Scholarship of $650
Sister Lena Genstme was a Navy nurse before moving to and falling in love with the
Russian River community. Her Radical Faerie spirit loved nature, hiking, cooking, and
music. As a Russian River Sister, she graced us with her guitar virtuosity, humor, and
warm heart. Her background as a nurse blossomed into passion for sex education. She
began regularly delivering condoms to local bar establishments and was quickly nicknamed
”Rubbermaid”. As bingo chair, she shouted out numbers and innuendos with glee.
A recipient of the Sister Lena Genstme Scholarship has colorful passion for musical and
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.