Father Michael Joseph and the lake apartment he has lived in since 2011 are to be sold for $1.1 million to a buyer who wants to use it for a “private ceremony” for an unborn child.
The priest was born in Hawaii and raised in a church community in the Los Angeles suburb of Larchmont.
His daughter, now a Catholic high school student, is one of his two children.
“It’s a really special place for me,” Joseph said in a statement to ABC News.
“This is where I grew up, and I love that.”
The family plans to move the church to a new site in Larchton, about 30 miles from where the church was built.
The church was in Larkspur, Calif., when Joseph was baptized, and his mother was a nun in the Larchmere Sisters Church in Larkfield, about an hour south of Los Angeles.
The sale comes as a nationwide movement against abortion has gained momentum.
The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to get a federal judge to block a state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion.
The group is also suing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas.