Raphael of Brooklyn


Raphael of Brooklyn ( ar, قديس رافائيل من بروكلين), born Rufāʾīl Hawāwīnī (Raphael Hawaweeny; ar, رفائيل هواويني; November 20, 1860 – February 27, 1915), was bishop of the
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, auxiliary bishop of
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, vicar of the Northern-American diocese, and head of the Antiochian Levantine Christian mission. He was the first Orthodox Christian bishop consecrated on American soil.


He was born in modern-day Lebanon to Damascene
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parents of the Antiochian Orthodox faith who had come to Beirut fleeing a
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. He was first educated at the Damascus
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institution of higher learning in the Levant under the leadership of
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. He furthered his study of Christian theology at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Patriarchal Halki seminary in Constantinople, and at the Theological Academy in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine). Father Raphael was sent to New York City in 1895 by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia to administer the local Orthodox Christian community which then included mainly Russian people, Russian, Greek, and Levantine immigrants. In 1904, he became the first Eastern Orthodox Church, Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in North America; the consecration was performed in New York City by Archbishop Tikhon of Moscow, Tikhon (Bellavin) and Bishop Innocent (Pustynsky). He served as Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, Brooklyn until his death. During the course of his ministry as an auxiliary bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church in America, Raphael founded the present-day cathedral of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, established thirty parishes and assisted in the founding of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery. Bishop Raphael founded the official magazine of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, ''The Word'', in 1905 in Arabic (الكلمة).

Glorification and honors

Bishop Raphael was originally buried in New York City, New York until August of 1988, when his relics were translated to the Antiochian Village Camp in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on property of the Antiochian Archdiocese, along with several other bishops and clergy. Raphael was Glorification#Eastern Orthodox Church, glorified by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) in its March 2000 session. He is commemorated by the OCA on February 27, the anniversary of his death and by the Antiochian Orthodox Church on the first Saturday of November near the Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and all the bodiless powers of heaven. In 2015, the Antiochian Archdiocese, OCA and ROCOR celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the dormition of St. Raphael.

See also

* Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, New York


“Christian Church to be Filled by a Damascus Preacher”
(''The New York Times'', Sept 15, 1895)

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