Monday, June 29, 2009

Relatives Challenge Will Leaving Woman's Assets to Catholic Order

Yesterday's Hartford Courant reports that relatives of Gabrielle Mee are challenging her will that left all her property to the Connecticut-based to the Legionaries of Christ. Relatives discovered that Mee, who died last year at age 96, already had turned over some $7.5 million in cash and property to the Legionaries. Relatives say that Mee would never have left her assets to the order if she had known the truth about a sex scandal involving its founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, who was accused of molesting at least nine boys in seminaries in Spain and Italy in the 1950s and '60s. They say the Legionaries is a cult that kept the deeply religious Mee isolated.


ndgjk said...

It's interesting to note that the "relatives" that are now challenging Mrs. Mee's Will were not aware that she was a consecrated member of Regnum Christi, the lay Apostolic Movement within the Legionaires of Christ, nor do they apparently know what that means, even though she was a consecrated member for the last 18 years of her life, since 1991. She was always a very devout and dedicated Catholic throughout her life. Within Regnum Christi Mrs. Mee was a co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Mater Ecclesiae House of Formation in Greenville, RI, where she also chose to live a dedicated life of prayer after her husband Timothy passed away. Mrs. Mee certainly did not live in isolation as she lived with the many young dedicated women whom she loved and supported by the benefaction she self-determinedly turned over to the order through the years. She was 97 years old when she died. As a nephew and godson, who lives in California, I generally kept in contact with her by phone during the holidays and on her birthday all during the time she was a member of Regnum Christi. The last time I spoke with her was around Easter of last year. She passed away in May and was surrounded by those she loved. She was never isolated from those she wished to have contact with. She and her husband Timothy Mee were often misunderstood because they were always very private people who generally kept a distance from most of their relatives for numerous reasons. I am neither a member of Regnum Christi, the Legionaires of Christ, nor a recipient of any part of her estate. I have great regard for the rest of my relatives, however, I also know the love she had for the work she did within the order. Granted there are problems that are currently being investigated within the Legionaires of Christ because of scandal created by the founder Father Degollado, but given the many problems that she had to face created by other relatives in the family during the years, I do not believe that Father Degollado's scandal would have caused her to change her support of the other good works performed within the order. Throughout her life she was a very strong self-determined individual and appeared to be that way right up until the time she passed away. She greatly enjoyed the love she received from the many many young women who surrounded her and cared for her at the House of Formation. She enjoyed being the "grandmother" of the House, especially since she and Uncle Tim never had any children of their own. She greatly enjoyed the closeness she had at the House of Formation to the Sacraments of the Church which was another major reason for her support of the order.

Anonymous said...

Oh cousin please stop being a poster boy for the Legionaires.
You know quite well our Aunt Gaby was "love bombed" by the LC and RC as her family was pushed away this cult replaced themselves in her life so they could say "Look no one cared so we have to" Aunt Gaby always felt she was grandmother to her nieces, why do you think they could pull this trick on her. And you know good and well you advised the RC not to let any of the family know of Aunt Gabys death, at lease that is what's been uncovered. Meanwhile my dear friend, a real catholic nun retired to NY, looked for my Aunt Gaby for years and we could not find her. Please step down as court crier for the Legionaires and get some d'Auray class.

Anonymous said...

To M. and D.

To you it is Great Aunt Gabrielle.

You might try stopping and considering why YOU did not know where Aunt Gabrielle was living when others of us knew where she was living and what she was doing. In your search for your Great Aunt Gabrielle you obviously did not ask any family members that knew where she was living, such a thorough search on your part. You obviously do not know much about your Great Aunt Gabrielle.

When Aunt Gabrielle died, family that had contact with her were notified. You obviously had no contact with your Great Aunt Gabriel and consequently there was no information by which to contact you.

Stories from over 25 years ago about your relationship with your Great Aunt Gabrielle are quite dated, virtually a life time ago; not necessarily what would be considered having a relationship with someone.

What exactly is it that you feel you are entitled to? [Her MONEY??]