"I am originally from Tel Aviv, Israel and I moved here with my mother when I was around 11.
I grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community and my mother and I disaffiliated after my Bar Mitzvah because at that time she did not feel that I would ever be accepted for who I was.
We made our home in a new, less strict, Jewish community in Asheville, North Carolina and were welcomed with open arms.
Asheville did not have a K-12 Jewish day school so guess what? I was sent to the local Roman Catholic schools and there I remained until I was midway through high school. My sophomore year, I transitioned over to public school and 2 years later I was offered a full academic scholarship to a Roman Catholic College.
I did my time with the Catholics and at some point during school I attempted to come out to my mother and she laughed and told me that she had been waiting.
She had always known…I was a very vain as a child and way too fabulous for her not to know.
I am the luckiest person in the world, my mother always saw me as me.
My husband and I met at school and were inseparable since day one. He is my best friend and my favorite activity buddy. We got married after 3 years and and we live happily with our 2 cats Kishke and Mittens.
I first learned of the Sisters when I was active in the drag scene in Asheville last year and I immediately was interested in the work.
I began with the Beer City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Asheville and I transferred to the Greenville Sisters, Abbey of the Grand Palmetto during my Novitiate.
I am passionate about the expiation of stigmatic guilt and the promulgation of universal joy because I see it as something the South desperately needs.
I learned to love and accept all people from my mother who loved and accepted me.
Sr. Ivana Sia-Künt is here to bring the community joy and she is an open ear for those who feel guilty for being who they are.
She will dance the house down every chance she gets and she wants to help you live your best life.
Although my mother never got to meet Sr. Ivana, I know that she would be proud.
Sr. Ivana is here for everyone. I would also like to think that every nun, monk and priest that taught me through school would be proud to see me as a drag nun…lol"