Our Father among the Saints, Raphael (Hawaweeny), Bishop of Brooklyn, was the first Orthodox Christian bishop consecrated on American soil. St. Raphael, a man of angelic name and apostolic fervor, was influenced by many cultures. He was born and raised in the Middle East, educated by Greeks at Halki Theological Seminary and by Russians at Kiev, and served the last nineteen years of his life as a missionary in North America.
Traveling throughout the continent in the first years of the 20th century, he founded thirty parishes in North America and assisted in the founding of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. His memorial is celebrated on February 27th, the date of his blessed repose.
Holy Hierarch Raphael, Faithful Laborer in the Lord’s Vineyard, pray unto God for us!