A law firm has been retained to represent Diane and Ashley Nevins, parents of the former monk who committed suicide at the monastery gates of Saint Anthony’s in Florence, Arizona. San Francisco attorney Mr. Stephen M. Murphy has be retained for a wrongful death suit.
“The death of the Nevins’ only son can be directly attributed to the more than six years of horrific physical and psychological abuse he endured at St. Anthony’s. The methodology used by the monastery’s leadership, Archimandrites Ephraim and Paisios, fits every criterion used by the mental health community to identify a group which engages in the destructive practice of thought reform. … Scott sustained severe emotional trauma as a direct result of the Archimandrites Ephraim and Piasios’s (sic) coercive tactics and practices, and the harm continued to affect Scott Nevins after he fled from St. Anthony’s Monastery in February of 2011. Scott Nevins’ death could have been prevented had either Metropolitan Gerasimos or Archbishop Demetrios responded to the Nevins’ pleas to remove Scott from the monastery and provide him with the help necessary to recover from the destructive practices he encountered at St. Anthony’s.”
The purpose of the impending lawsuit by the Nevins family is stated to be in order to protect other families and individuals. The document states “every aspect of this lawsuit will be made public” in harmony with the Nevins’ wishes.
The attachments also include queries as to why the Greek Orthodox Church has allowed Saint Anthony’s to promote unaccepted teachings and practices, unchallenged. In addition, the attachments also include documentation suggesting that the practices of Elder Ephraim and Saint Anthony’s Monastery meet all eight criteria of being a “cult”.
The recipients are: the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, and Saint Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona. They have seven days to respond to this demand letter, otherwise a lawsuit will be filed.