Notorious Former Orthodox Monastery Ordered Sold

December 19, 2009

BLANCO — For sale: 105-acre hilltop parcel southwest of town with great views for $785,500. Includes former monastery notorious for sexual abuse and phony weeping icon.

With the criminal cases resolved concerning the former Christ of the Hills Monastery, a judge on Friday authorized its sale, with the proceeds mainly to benefit a former novice monk who was molested there in the 1990s.

The novice, James B. Wright Jr., later won a $1 million judgment against Ecumenical Monks Inc., the owner.

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