Name of Church Monastery of the Angels
Address 1977 Carmen Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone number (323) 466-2186
Mass times The monastery chapel is open 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mass is at 7 a.m. The Dominican contemplative nuns who live there are dedicated to prayer. In the chapel, the public is separated from the nuns by a screen and altar. The nuns’ daily schedule includes rising at 4:50 a.m., a day of prayer, study and work, and retiring after night prayer at 7:30 p.m. At morning, noon and in the evening you’ll hear the bells ringing for the saying of the Angelus. The nuns pray constantly, as well as work in the garden and oversee the making of pumpkin bread and candy for the gift shop.
Parking There is parking alongside the monastery. The monastery is located on Gower, just north of the 101 freeway.
Additional observations The monastery is located in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. It was founded in 1924. The nuns sell pumpkin bread and candies to help pay their bills. In years past, celebrities such as Bing Crosby and Don Ameche performed for fundraisers on behalf of the sisters. There is a gift shop open to the public were you can buy the bread and sweets as well as religious items. It is staffed by volunteers; check the website for times. You may also order items online at: https://monasteryoftheangels.square.site/. There is also a small garden with statues. Most of the grounds are for the nuns, and not open to the public.
In recent decades, the monastery went from having dozens of nuns to three today. They are struggling financially and are not getting the vocations they need. There were rumors that the monastery was going to be closed and the property sold:
The monastery is popular with residents and there was an outcry, and in June 2022 the Dominicans said the property was not for sale.