For nearly a century, the cloistered nuns of the Monastery of the Angels have lived quietly on a rambling four-acre property just beneath the “H” of Los Angeles’ famous Hollywood sign.
From this incongruous location, they bake their famous pumpkin bread and make candies to sell at their gift shop and online. They also send a steady stream of prayer heavenward 24 hours a day.
Now, however, it appears that the nuns of the Monastery of the Angels are about to be booted.
The Dominican Order that oversees the monastery said it no longer meets the criteria designated by canon law and will be closed down. The order also intimated that conflicts among the nuns contributed to the decision to close it.
(And yes, it’s a monastery, not a convent, even though it houses nuns. That’s what the Dominicans call it when the nuns are cloistered.)
The property is assessed at more than $2.7 million by the county but would probably sell for much more, experts said. However, whether it will go on the market is unclear. The Dominican Order said no decision has been made to sell the property and that it will continue to explore possibilities for the future….
Carlos Sanchez, the general manager of the monastery, said that when he first arrived more than 20 years ago there were 45 nuns living there. Today, that number has dwindled to just five….
The above comes from a Dec. 3 story in the Los Angeles Times.