For monastery, a chapter of disgrace

For monastery, a chapter of disgrace

There are 3 comments on the The Dallas Morning News story from Aug 21, 2006, titled For monastery, a chapter of disgrace. In it, The Dallas Morning News reports that:

Father Thomas Flower of San Antonio, a supporter of founding monk Samuel Greene, shows where a famed icon of Mary and Jesus was displayed at Christ of the Hills Monastery near Blanco, Texas.

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former resident

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Jan 19, 2007
Monk or rather the bishop as he was called was a former real estate man in the seventies named s.a. sam green the other monk...was his boyfriend back then..they used to smoke pot at parties in luchenbach. everyone knew they were gay. they created a new religious order where they initated each was called "arched by the bishop"
no wonder the icon was weeping!...
former resident

Saint Petersburg, FL

#2 Jan 19, 2007
former resident means i lived in blanco...actually for ten years. We used to watch Father Sam or Bishop..what was his other name...he would eat at this health food restuarant called Pecan Street...he would then go to another restuarant and eat again...then he would go outside on the lawn and vomit. He ended up with a colostomy bag and was finally in a wheel chair at one trial hearing...I also heard he operated a boys home in san antonio long ago and something about blue movies whatever that was..a former boy that grew up told me the story...he hated the perv as he called him...maybe he is recycled by now and living the life of a sloth or a some jungle somewhere...

Branson, MO

#3 Aug 12, 2007
Being a member of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia,I visited this monastery many times. In the summer of 1998,my teenage sons and I visited on Pentecost.The following day we travelled to Galveston where my son age 15 tragically drowned.Though this monastery had just met us, after hearing of my sons repose they offered their help.They sheltered me in one of their house trailers for 3 weeks while coast guard searched for my sons body. They provided memorial services and an offer to bury my son if he were found.All for no money, because I was very poor.I know of many instances of them burying the dead who had no resources to provide, as well as sheltering the sick and needy with no questions asked.
On another occasion I came to help the nun for a 1 month period.
Later they offered shelter to me and my new husband while we made a new life.I in trade took care of the crippled nun.
I lived there for a total of 8 mo. over 5 years.
Every one of the monks mentioned behaved toward me and my husband with Christ-like humility.Helping with food, clothing, shelter and even car repairs. NEVER did we see the things they are accused of.Fr. Pangratios was the most serious and studied monk I have ever met.I watched this monk serve "Wally" the elderly resident there with unceasing faithfulness. Granted,I do not know what goes on behind closed doors,but as far as how they behaved with us as well as countless others, it was only as humble Christians.I knew there was some sort of trouble there, but I did not ask or make it my business.We are saddened at what has happened.We ask God to remember the good these monks have done.

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