Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church
1277 N. Paul Drive
Inverness, FL 34453
Welcome to St. Raphael of Brooklyn Orthodox Church. We are an American Orthodox Church, part of the Orthodox Church in America, which is an autocephalous (self-governing) church headquartered in Syosset, New York. Our services are all in English. Our roots are Russian, so our style and traditions may be considered Russian.
St. Raphael's was established in 2000, the year that St. Raphael of Brooklyn was canonized as a saint. He was the first Orthodox bishop ordained in the United States and promoted the diverse ethnic Orthodox groups to come together. We are a parish of approximately 50% Orthodox converts and 50% "cradle" Orthodox. We come from various Orthodox jurisdictions including Russian, Carpatho-Russian, Serbian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Greek and Albanian.
Father Serigous Gerken is our priest and a monastic, a monk priest. He joined us in July 2014 after having served in California, Alaska, and New Hampshire. He also lived as a monk on Mount Athos in Greece.
We extend a blessed welcome and invite you to pray with us during this service. A number of us are from different Orthodox jurisdictions and we all may do things a little differently. So just do what you are used to doing - there is no right or wrong here. (Click Here for our Sunday Liturgy Practices)
St. Raphael Orthodox church makes ongoing financial and food donations to Citrus County Family Resource Center.
There is a container in the Church Library for your food contributions. Why not bring in your free BOGO (buy one, get one) food items. No cost to you and a great benefit to familes going through difficult times.
The Resource Center expecially needs children's clothing, women's nightgowns and pajamas. These items should be in good repair.
Any questions regarding donations (of any kind), please see Nancy Kinley or you can email her from our website. Simply choose "Charity Coordinator" on the drop down menu on our "Contact Us" page
Charity Sundays . . . give love, give support, give back
How Do I Use Amazon Smile To Support St. Raphael?
Using Amzon Smile is easy! Simpy click on the Amazon Smile Logo above or go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
For detailed information about Amazon Smile, click here >
Upcoming Services & Meetings
Thursday, April 19th
4:00pm Akathist to St. Herman
Saturday, April 21st
4:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, April 22nd
9:00am Choir Practice
9:30am - Hours
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Parish Council Meeting
Monday, April 23rd
2:30pm Choir Practice
Tuesday, April 24th
6:30 pm - Vespers at The Villages
April Bible Group Meeting
Due to Fr. Sergious demanding service schedule during Great Lent, the next Bible group meeting will be Sunday, April 29, 2018. April meeting Agenda will be posted soon.
Camp St. Christopher Official Summer Camp registration
All forms, including the Health History, and payments must be completed and received by May 1, 2018.