February 27 — Raphael of Brooklyn; Leander of Seville

Raphael of Brooklyn (1860–1915) was born in Beirut as رفائيل هواويني‎, and educated in Orthodox schools/academies in Damascus, Halki Island (Turkey), and Kiev. He was a model scholar, and was highly thought of by those in high places, until he got embroiled in the politics of Patriarch picking in 1891. He was suspended, and wrote… Continue reading February 27 — Raphael of Brooklyn; Leander of Seville