The Sisters of Saint Francis are looking for a miracle.
Earlier this month, 24 nuns learned they were being forced out of the Manoa convent many have called home for decades. Last week, they filed an appeal. On Monday, a closed-door meeting was held in New York to decide the fate of the 11-acre property.
Rochelle Cassella, spokeswoman for the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Neumann Communities, which owns the property, said she couldn't release any information about the meeting.
Meantime, the head of Saint Francis School says she hopes to learn the communities' decision by Friday.
If the property owner still wants to close the convent, the sisters plan to file an appeal with the Vatican.
Community members have taken up the nuns' case, seeking to rally for them to remain at the convent next to St. Francis School.
Saint Francis alumnus Phyllis Stephenson says helping the nuns stay in their home is the least she could do.
"It's very sad to have our nuns be treated like this after all these years," said Stephenson, who graduated from the school in 1955.
In a recent quiet protest, a group of about 40 held signs. Residents are also working behind the scenes to help the nuns stay put.
Stephenson says the past couple weeks have been rough on the nuns.
"They're crying. They're hurting. They're being taken away from the serenity of their lives," she said.
The alumi association is working to raise money to save the convent.
To help, send a donation to: Saint Francis School Alumni Association. On the check's memo line write "save our convent."
Checks can be mailed to: Saint Francis Alumni Association; P.O. Box 62035; Honolulu, Hawaii 96839.