Sr. Martin Marie – Archdiocese of New Orleans

| May 26, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Sister Martin Marie

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: N/A

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary Manor (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Sister Martin Marie:

Sister Martin Marie (aka Theresa M. Gmeiner) was a nun of the School Sisters of Notre Dame who professed her vows in 1952. For most of her professional life, she served as an elementary grade school teacher in various places in Pennsylvania. In 1997, she served as Pastoral Minister at St. Mary Manor.

According to media reports, in August 2005, Sister Martin Marie was named in a lawsuit filed by six men alleging they were sexually molested, beaten and humiliated 40 years earlier by nuns, priests and civilian staff members at Madonna Manor, a Catholic home for troubled boys in Marrero. The plaintiffs’ were between the ages of 4 and 14 at the time, and in many cases named staff members and recounted specific beatings and incidences of rape or sexual molestation.

In March 2006, Sister Martin Marie was named in another wave of lawsuits filed by eight more men who lived as children at Madonna Manor in the 1950s and 1960s, who alleged they were frequently beaten and sexually abused at the home. A total of 17 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse were named from Madonna Manor. The suits  were settled for $5.2 million in 2009.

In August 2019, Sister Martin Marie died. One month later in September, she was again accused in a lawsuit, along with Monsignor Raymond Hebert, Sisters Gertrude Marie, Alvin Marie and lay worker Charlie Earhart, of repeatedly physically and sexually abusing a boy over a period of 10 years, beginning in 1965, at Madonna Manor. The suit accused Sisters Martin Marie, Alvin Marie, Gertrude Marie and of regularly hitting him with a paddle.

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