The outside of the convent Katy Perry is hoping to buy.
If Katy Perry has her way, she will be the next owner of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent in Los Angeles.
An attorney for Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gómez, however, told the newspaper that in 2005, the Vatican gave decision-making power over the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart to an appointee of Gómez’s predecessor, and that the archdiocese owns the property. In fact, the nuns have already sold the property to restaurateur Dana Hollister for $15.5 million, but Gomez says he has the only legal rights to the building and he wants to sell to Perry.
Katy Perry’s plan to live in a ex- convent-a attractive, villa-like one-in Los Feliz is being thwarted by two nuns.
Two of the five nuns who once lived there (it once housed more than 50), Sister Rita Callanan, 77, and Sister Catherine Rose, 86, said the nuns bought the property years after the diocese forced them to move elsewhere. “The sisters met with [Perry] before they accepted her proposal”, an Archdiocese spokesperson told Page Six.
Meanwhile, Gomez has sued Hollister in an attempt to void the property sale, and a court order has allowed Perry to visit the property with an architect. They haven’t occupied the spacious convent since 2011, and a sale to Perry or Hollister would end their decades-long attachment to it. They do not appreciate being ousted by anyone, but the matter may be out of their hands at this point.
Katy Perry attends the Moschino show during the 88 Pitti Uomo on June 18, 2015 in Florence, Italy.
“God help us. We are going to fight this,” one of the sisters said. “For the archdiocese to… put us under a bus and run over us, I’m sorry, it was just too much for me,” said Sister Rita.
“I thought, is that a way to make money?” she added.
Jackson instead focused on Perry making “a personal pitch followed by a private performance” to convince the nuns, singing a rendition of “Oh, Happy Day”: “And while that song won over the fictional nuns from Sister Act 2, these sisters were far less impressed”. “The Archbishop has made a promise to care for the sisters, and we want to do what’s best for them”.