"We extend our prayers today to the Immaculate Heart of Mary community and to all her friends and loved ones. On behalf of the entire family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I pray that God grant her eternal rest and let his perpetual light shine upon her," he added.
Holzman had recently been involved in a legal dispute over a vacant convent used by the order, which singer Katy Perry had offered to buy from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for more than $14 million in 2015. According to the archdiocese, this deal stipulated that Perry find a replacement for a priest's retreat house that was also part of the property.
Church regulations require Vatican approval for the sale of high-value properties, and the order has been in a dispute with the archdiocese over who has the canonical and legal right to orchestrate a sale of the property.
Holzman and another sister of the order opposed the sale of the property to Perry, due to the content of some of the pop star's songs. In a separate transaction, and without the canonically-required approval of the Vatican or the archdiocese, the sisters sold the vacant convent property to real estate developer Dana Hollister for $44,000 and a promissory note totaling $15.5 million, without any guarantee for the rest of the payment.
Last year, a jury found Hollister guilty of malice and fraud for intentionally interfering with the sale of the property to Perry. A court ordered Hollister to pay back $15 million in legal fees to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and to Perry's company, The Bird Nest, LLC.
Holzman died while attending Hollister's bankruptcy hearing.