The pop star Katy Perry has been trying to buy the Los Feliz Catholic convent for years and an 89-year-old nun has been there every step of the way to fight against her. Now, that nun has collapsed and died while attending court proceedings about the very battle against Perry.
The nun was sister Catherine Rose Holzman, one of two nuns have been fighting the sale of the eight-acre convent. Holzman died Friday in Los Angeles court. She entered the courthouse with Sister Rita Callanan and said, "To Katy Perry, please stop. It’s not doing anyone any good except hurting a lot of people."
A website was even set up to back the nuns' legal battle which posted a picture with the caption "Rest with the angels our most precious treasure." The Los Angeles convent was the center of a legal dispute between Holzman and other members of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who had once lived there.
The nuns who previously lived at the convent had tried to sell the property for $15.5 million to restaurateur Dana Hollister. He wanted to turn the convent into a hotel but the archdiocese sued to block the sale in 2015. The lawsuit claimed the nuns did not have authority to sell the property to anyone.
In 2016, a judge ruled the sale to Hollister is invalid allowing the archdiocese to sell the property for themselves to Katy Perry. Callahan pleaded in an interview Friday, "You have stolen the property of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. Please, archbishop… Do what is right in your heart."
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