Katy Perry is reportedly battling the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary over a former convent, which she hopes to purchase. Although the Sisters purchased the property in 1972, it is unclear who currently owns, and has the right to sell, the Los Feliz property.
As reported by ABC 7, the Sisters purchased the 8-acre property in 1972. Although they have all moved to retirement communities, the sale of the property is meant to finance their continued care.
Acting on behalf of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose Gomez agreed to sell the property to Katy Perry for $14.5 million. However, the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary said the property is not his to sell.
Although Archbishop Jose Gomez accepted Perry’s offer, the Sisters had already accepted an offer from a different buyer.
As reported by Los Angeles Times, the Sisters agreed to sell the former convent to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million — before the Archbishop made a deal with Katy Perry. In fact, Hollister already moved into the home.
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Unfortunately for the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Dana Hollister, it appears Katy Perry is, in fact, the rightful owner of the coveted property.
According to reports, there are five remaining Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart. Three of those Sisters signed an agreement, which allowed Archbishop Jose Gomez to sell the property.
Sister Rita, who helped arrange the sale to Hollister, said she is disappointed in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and concerned that the three Sisters were coerced into signing the agreement.
“We have given many years to this archdiocese and we have served them well… For the archdiocese to… put us under a bus and run over us, I’m sorry, it was just too much for me.”
Sister Rose, who is also contesting the sale, said the property rightfully belongs to the Sisters. She is specifically concerned as “the Archdiocese is not taking care” of the remaining Sisters.
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“The Archdiocese continues to work with the sisters to ensure that decisions concerning the sale of the property are made in their best interest. We want to make sure no one takes advantage of the sisters.”
It is unclear who will retain the property, as the Archdiocese filed a lawsuit and asked Hollister to vacate the premises.
The battle between Katy Perry and the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary is far from over. However, neither seems to be willing to back down.
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