Dominican Nuns and Friars Seek Creative Solution for Hollywood'S Monastery of the Angels


credit: JOHN MCCARRON

For 90 years, the Monastery of the Angels was home to a cloistered community of Dominican nuns who lived, prayed, and baked their famous pumpkin bread on the rambling four-acre property tucked into a hillside in the heart of Hollywood.

But in recent years, the number of nuns living on the property fell from a high of 45 to fewer than six, part of a trend playing out in religious institutions across the country, as religious orders and congregations shrink.

When the last few sisters were relocated in the fall of 2022, neighbors and supporters of the monastery grew concerned for the future of the property many had come to see as a spiritual oasis.

Now, in what some say is a modern miracle, it appears the Monastery of the Angels may be preserved after all.

The Dominican Friars of the Western Province announced they have teamed up with the Dominican nuns to seek proposals to restore the monastery and leave the chapel and pumpkin bread business intact.

"Our sisters loved the Hollywood Hills community, and we look forward to working with the friars, interested parties, and the neighborhood to ensure our beloved monastery can continue to be a blessing to all," Sister Maria Christine Behlow, the former prioress of the monastery, said in a statement, per the Los Angeles Times.

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