People.com Celebrity Katy Perry's Attempt to Buy a Hollywood Convent Reportedly Blocked By Nuns Perry is trying to buy the former convent for $14.5 million By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is a Staff Editor at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 29, 2015 05:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage Sorry, sister! Katy Perry has her eye on purchasing a one-time convent, but its nuns are having none of it. The California Institute of the Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary are at odds over who has the legal right to sell their former convent with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Per court documents, the five remaining sisters recently sold the villa-style property to interior designer and urban developer Dana Hollister, while the Archdiocese had a $14.5 million deal in the works with Perry. Perry has reportedly had her eye on the real estate for three years, and when the diocese told the remaining nuns they had lined up a buyer, they did a quick Google search on the singer. “Well, I found Katy Perry, and I found her videos and … if it’s all right to say, I wasn’t happy with any of it,” Sister Rita Callanan, 77, told the L.A. Times. Sister Rita also watched the performer’s Super Bowl halftime show in February. Between the song selection’s mildly suggestive lyrics (her set included “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls” and a twerk-tastic Missy Elliot medley) and her high-flying finale (and probably Left Shark), Sister Rita was left scratching her head. “I thought, is that a way to make money?” she added to the L.A. Times. “Maybe I could fly around. I could be the flying nun.” RELATED VIDEO: Why Did Katy Perry’s Halftime Performance Remind Us of Spongebob? In May, Perry even met with the sisters at the convent, where – according to the L.A. Times – she dressed modestly, sang the gospel hymn “Oh Happy Day,” showed off her “Jesus” wrist tattoo and left a relatively favorable impression on the nuns, telling them she wanted to live on the property with her mom and grandma, sit in the meditation garden, drink green tea and “find herself.” A rep for Perry did not respond for a request for comment.