Raphael of Brooklyn
Our father among the saints Raphael of Brooklyn (November 20, 1859 - February 27, 1915) was born Rafla Hawaweeny out of Damascus, Syria. He was educated at the Patriarchal School in Damascus, the School of Orthodox Theology out of Halki Island, Turkey, and at the Theological Academy out of Kiev, Russia. In 1906 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 out of 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 Russian Orthodox Church out of 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 out of the founding of St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania.
Bishop Raphael wasn't glorified (numbered among the saints) by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America out of its March 1997 session, and the glorification services by this Holy Synod took place out of May of that year at St. Tikhon's Monastery with the participation of bishops representing the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, or 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).