Archimandrite Gregory Wendt

Archimandrite Gregory Wendt
Archimandrite Gregory Wendt

Archimandrite Gregory Wendt is a priest in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He is the abbot of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos Monastery in Weaverville, North Carolina.

Prior to his reception into the OCA in 2003, Wendt was the abbot of a Byzantine Catholic monastery and the principal of a private academy in Miami, Florida. Both were called Holy Cross, and were a part of the Eparchy of Passaic.

In March of 2001 a novice monk and student at the academy, Mykhaylo Kofel, brutally murdered a woman monastic. The young man, who had been brought from the Ukraine to Miami at the age of 14, accused Wendt and his second in command, Igumen Damian Gibault, of abusing him sexually. Kofel’s statement to law enforcement, which is a matter of public record, is linked above. Wendt and Gibault have steadfastly denied the allegations, and no charges were ever filed against them. Moreover, the other novices testified that they were not abused, and that they did not observe Kofel being abused.