200px|St. Raphael of Brooklyn]]Our father among the saints '''Raphael of Brooklyn''' ([[November 20]], 1860 - [[February 27]], 1915) was born Rafla Hawaweeny in Damascus, Syria. He was educated at the Patriarchal School in Damascus, the 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.
Bishop Raphael was glorified (numbered among the saints) by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] in its March 2000 session, and the glorification services by that Holy Synod took place in May of that year at [[St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery (South Canaan, Pennsylvania)|St. Tikhon's Monastery]] with the participation of bishops representing the [[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]], the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]], and the [[Church of Poland]]. He is commemorated by the [[Orthodox Church in America]] on [[February 27]], the anniversary of his death, and by the [[Church of Antioch]] on the first Saturday of November, which is shortly before Raphael's own patronal feast (the [[Feast of the Archangels]], [[November 8]]).
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* ''Orthodox America 1794-1976 Development of the Orthodox Church in America'', C. J. Tarasar, Gen. Ed. 1975, The Orthodox Church in America, Syosett, New York
== External links ==
* [http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/straphaelcanonized/ Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Website]
* [http://www.antiochian.org/saint_raphael St. Raphael of Brooklyn] ([[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America|Antiochian Archdiocese]] site)
*[http://www.orthodoxphotos.com/Various_Photos/Glorification_of_St._Raphael_Hawaweeny/ Photos from the glorification of St. Raphael]
*[http://www.oca.org/FS.NA-Saint.asp?SID=4&Saint=Raphael St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn] ([[OCA]] site)