Enlarge Image A nun — who was part of a #churchtoo social media campaign — claims a priest at a Long Island monastery sexually harassed her and another nun and the sisters were cast out for blowing the whistle, according to a new lawsuit.
Elizabeth Brandenburg, a Greek Orthodox nun who went by Mother Foteini, says that when she was at a religious college in Massachusetts Father Gerasimos Makris forced her to marry a man, who sexually abused her and who had preyed on at least one other student, to “sanctify” the attack in 2004, according to a lawsuit from Wednesday.
Brandenburg says her husband regularly threatened her including by once holding a knife to her neck and another time threatening to “kill [her] and dump [her] body,” the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit alleges.
Makris, Brandenburg’s “spiritual father,” only eventually sanctioned her divorce from the man because he wanted her to become a nun at a monastery he would found called All Saints Monastery in Calverton, NY, the court papers say.
But Brandenburg and Maria Kallis, who was known as Sister Theonymphi, for a decade allegedly faced a constant barrage of flirtation and inappropriate touching by Makris. And when they complained they became outcasts in their church and were forced to move to out of state, the court documents say.
They claim Makris found ways to brush his penis against their bodies through clothes, subjected them to unwanted hugs and kisses and regularly flirted with them making Kallis say “I love you” to him […]