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Raphael of Brooklyn

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Our father among the saints '''Raphael of Brooklyn''' ([[November 20]], 1860 - [[February 27]], 1915) was born Rafla Hawaweeny in Beirut, Lebanon, to Damascene Syrian refugee parents. He was educated at the Patriarchal School in Damascus, the [[Theological School of Halki|School of Orthodox Theology in Halki Island]], Turkey, and at the Theological [[Academy]] in Kiev, Russia. In 1904 he became the first Orthodox [[bishop]] to be consecrated in North America; the consecration was done by Archbishop St. [[Tikhon of Moscow]] and Bishop Innocent in New York City. He served as [[bishop]] of Brooklyn, New York until his death.
During the course of his ministry as an auxiliary bishop of the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] in America, St. Raphael founded the present-day primatial cathedral of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]] (St. Nicholas Cathedral), established thirty parishes, and assisted in the founding of [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery]] in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

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