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
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Upcoming Services & Meetings
Monday, June 24th
Nativity of the Baptist
2:30pm Choir Practice
Thursday, June 27th
4:00pm Akathist to St. Herman
Saturday, June 29th
Ss. Peter & Paul
4:00pm Great Vespers
Sunday, June 30th
9:00am Choir Practice
9:45am - Hours
10:00am Divine Liturgy
Chairs vs. Pew Vote Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 06/17/19
Chairs vs. Pews Vote: Parishioners will have an opportunity to vote on Sunday, June 30th to advise if you want to keep our pews or purchase new church chairs. A sample chair is in church to view. For those who will not be in church on that day, Absentee Ballots are in the Narthex.
Vesper Services in The Villages Suspended Until September - 06/17/19
Vesper Services Suspended at St. George's in The Villages for the summer months of June, July and August. Services will return in September.
Funeral Service for Mary Lazich - 06/17/19
A Funeral Service for our beloved Mary Lazich will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, June 19, at the Fero Funeral Home located at 5955 N. Lecanto Hwy. in Beverly Hills. Visitation will be at 10 AM on Wednesday. A light meal will follow the Funeral Service at the funeral home.