Picture by Genaro Molina of the LA Times
This lovely article in the LA Times of Thursday, April 9 made me smile ear to ear. The nuns of the Monastery of Angels are in dire need of money, so they are going to start monetizing their famous pumpkin bread more intensely. Here’s part of the article on the history of the monastery:
For decades after its founding in 1924, ongoing fundraising garden parties and bridge teas by prominent Los Angeles residents helped finance its operation.
Some of the biggest names in Los Angeles society — Doheny, Von der Ahe, Cuyler, Brunswig, Murphy, Dockweiler, Van de Kamp, Del Amo, Hancock — took part in the fashion shows and dessert parties. By the 1940s top Hollywood performers such as Don Ameche and Bing Crosby were frequent participants in the fundraisers.
It was this support that allowed nuns in 1934 to buy a sprawling estate that had belonged to pioneering copper mine owner Joseph Giroux.
“Everything in the place was copper, right down to the doorknobs and bathtub,” recalled Sister Mary Raymond, who has been cloistered in the monastery for 61 years and now serves as its prioress, or mother superior. The copper fittings and furnishings were sold when the old mansion was demolished to make way for permanent monastery buildings