Father Lazarus Goodwin

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Fr. Lazarus (Goodwin)
Fr. Lazarus (Goodwin)

Fr. Lazarus Goodwin was a monk at St. Nectarios Monastery in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The monastery belonged to the Holy Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis.

In May of 1999 there was a hit and run accident near the monastery, and Fr. Lazarus was one of the first on the scene. The 17 year old victim died in his arms.

At the funeral for the victim, after the mourners had left, Fr. Lazarus carved a religious symbol on the casket. He was arrested for this crime.

Fr. Lazarus pled guilty wonton destruction of property of more than $250 and vandalizing a grave site on June 7, 1999. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.