But when I began my research I discovered that the Archdiocese of New Orleans has paid out millions of dollars to former residents of Hope Haven and Madonna Manor, the structures on the side of hwy 45 in Marrero, Louisiana.
I was routinely beaten by nuns when I was in grammar school but I didn’t think too much about it. I was unruly and provocative and I knew my actions would be met with corporal punishment. I did it anyway. Like lots of young punks I was full of sand and how hard can an elderly woman really beat you anyway?
I guess the nuns in Louisiana were made of rougher cloth than the ones in Kentucky.
As I read some of the tales of abuse rendered by these sisters of God I blanched. Sister Catherine Regina was my arch-nemesis growing up but she kept the punishment she served up within the bounds of decency. Being beaten with a skip rope was about as bad as it got. Some of her sisters in Louisiana were considerably kinkier and more violent.
Madonna Manor was founded in 1933 by priest, Monsignor Peter Wynhoven. It was established to be a home for orphans and children from abusive homes but apparently the mission went off the tracks at some point and the protectors became serial abusers.