Councilmember LaBonge, a regular member of Friends of the Monastery of the Angels, was pleased to announce today that the nunsâ€™ prayers have been answered. An anonymous donor has appeared and bought the nuns a new oven. That means the Councilmember will soon be handing out his signature pumpkin bread again.
"I love the sisters at the Monastery of the Angels and I love their pumpkin bread," the Councilmember said at a press conference this morning. "I also love the donor who stepped forward to buy the nuns a new oven."
The cloistered Dominican nuns make and sell their own pumpkin bread and candy in a gift shop at the quiet monastery. About ten days ago, they hung a â€œno pumpkin breadâ€ sign on the door because their oven had broken down. Neighbors and the Councilmember rallied to help the nuns, as did Sr. Mary Jean Meier, RSM, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The story caught the attention of the local and national media.
â€œI am so happy to hear that the nunsâ€™ prayers have been answered, but I'm not surprised,â€ said Councilmember LaBonge, who has been handing out loaves of the bread to visiting dignitaries include President Barack Obama for years. â€œTheyâ€™re the original Angels in the City of Angels. Who could ignore their call for help?â€
Dominican nuns, who have forsaken contact with the outside world, established the Monastery of the Angels in the 1930s to pray for troubled souls in Hollywood. The 20 nuns â€“ all of whom wear traditional long habits and veils - cooks, bakes, gardens, sews and prays at the idyllic 3.7-acre compound.
Sr. Mary Raymond, OP, who is Prioress at the monastery, said an anonymous donor agreed to buy the commercial oven needed to produce the 18,000 loaves of pumpkin bread that they bake each year. The oven is expected to be delivered within the next couple of weeks.
â€œWeâ€™re thankful from the bottom of our hearts,â€ Sr. Raymond said. â€œPeople are hurting all over because of the economy, but theyâ€™ve come through for us.â€