St. Raphael of Brooklyn, Nov. 7

St. Raphael of Brooklyn, Nov. 7


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Tomorrow, the St. Nicholas Cathedral of Brooklyn will commemorate the 100th anniversary of St. Raphael’s repose in 1915. More information for the Feast day: St. Raphael 100th anniversary.

St. Raphael was born in Syria, as Raphael Hawaweeny, and moved to New York in 1895. He lead the new Syrian Orthodox congregation in Lower Manhattan, serving as Archimandrite Hawaweeny. After building up this community, land was purchased for a new church in Brooklyn in 1902 as more Syrians moved to the area. He founded almost 30 new churches in total. His life is remembered and celebrated on November 7, and this year marks the Centennial Jubilee of the Falling Asleep of St. Raphael of Brooklyn.

Let the spirit of Orthodox love spread among us, and let the spirit of the hateful religious intolerance fall away. Let our slogan, we the Christian Syrians, be love of the country and of the religion.

His ministry in the United States is still remembered today, as the magazine he started is still published. See the Antiochian Archdiocese page at: The Word. He was also the first Orthodox Bishop consecrated in North America in 1904.

Visit the Cathedral in Brooklyn’s website at: St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral

To read more about the Saint, visit: New York Times article on St. Raphael.

Photo credit: Kirsten Luce for the New York Times



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