Update: Monastery of Saint John
Archimandrite Meletios Webber has resigned as Abbot of the Monastery of Saint John, which is located in Manton, California. Archbishop Benjamin Peterson cited the stress and internet publicity over the departure of six monks from the monastery as the reason for this resignation. Webber will be released from the Orthodox Church of America and is expected to return to Europe.
The Diocese of the West will also loan the monastery $100,000.00 to cover a $70,000.00 credit card debt and to pay the mortgage on the property, which is $5,000.00 per month, for six months. Peterson reported that this was necessary due to the loss of the six monks, who were among the younger and sturdier members of the community, and because the mailing list of benefactors was removed without authorization.
Among Saint John’s six remaining monks is the former Archimandrite Michael Rymer, now call Father Nektarios. Rymer is the guest master for the monastery, but he was defrocked by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Amercia for having a sexual relationship with a mentally handicapped man.
The monks who left the monastery are reportedly now at Saint Herman’s Monastery in Platina, California. They also said to have leveled serious allegations of unOrthodox teachings against Webber.
The Diocesan Council Minutes from October 4, 2012, and a report from the Diocesan Council Meeting of October 2, 2012, are linked above.