Glorification Of Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny
- My local church St. George the Great Martyr in Michigan City,
consecrated by Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny on Sept. 8, 1914.
This was his last
consecration before his untimely death in 1915. We were given
a bone relic from his
knee by a former Antiochian who has since come to ROCA. So we have
local veneration for Bishop Raphael, he
also ordained my great-grandfather to the deaconate and
priesthood in 1912.We have asked for a blessing to have an icon to be
written of him, so far no news. From the official web site of the
Antiochians which have two depictions of Bishop Raphael, I am sure
Synod iconographers can come up with something much better!!!!!
A joint commission for the glorification was created by
the OCA and Antiochians
and the OCA petitioned the MP for their blessing. Since the
Antiochians have the
body at Antiochian Village in Legioner, PA, I doubt
seriously that that they will
dig him up for the glorification since the Antiochian
hierarchy believe "collecting
relics is like collecting bottle caps". I would love to
attend but I really did not
think their would be any glorification since the Word has not
about until the April issue and this happens at the end of
When he was disinterred from the Brooklyn cemetery a few
years ago, he was on the
bottom of a stacked vault. Fr. George Corey if not mistaken
uncovered his coffin
which was disintegrating just like St. John of San Francisco
and Shanghai. Fr.
George said his "body was incorrupt and he said Bishop
Raphael was there laying the
coffin before him".
Bishop Raphael was a bishop of the Russian Church in North
America the immediate
auxiliary to Archbishop Tikhon-St. Tikhon the Confessor. In
1904 Bishop Raphael was
the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in the new world.
Bishop Raphael was
actually hated by the Antiochian Patriarchate in the late
1880's he was calling for
an Arab hierarchy instead of a Greek one, he left his home
land to study in Russia.
He taught Arabic at the Kazan Theological Academy before he
was asked to go to
How many miracles or intercessions have been attributed to
him over the 85 years
of his death???? I have not heard of any, usually before a
usually hears about these things. I do not doubt there could
be intercessions, I
just have not heard on any.
I doubt ROCOR would officially recognize Bishop Raphael as a
saint since they have
no plans to canonize him themselves. Except they have
accepted some the Mp have
done in recent years without having their own, for instance
St. Theophan the
Recluse, but they have not recognized St. Ignatius
Brachaninov yet, they print
icons of him but have no official service to him.
Reader Timothy Tadros
St. George Orthodox Church (ROCA)
Michigan City, Indiana