The Sacramento Bee reports:
Sister Angela Escalera has lived and worked out of the Sisters of Bethany convent for more than four decades, helping the area’s poor and undocumented residents.
At 69, she expected to live out the rest of retirement at the convent. Instead, she and the other two nuns who live there will need to find a new place to call home.
According to a letter from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara property is being sold to help pay the bill for the church’s recent multimillion-dollar priest sex abuse settlement. The nuns have until Dec. 31 to move out, though an earlier departure “would be acceptable as well.”