Raphael Kalinowski Biography
(Discalced Carmelite Friar)
Birthday: September 1, 1835 (Virgo)
Born In: Vilnius, Russian Empire
Father Raphael of Saint Joseph Kalinowski served the Discalced Carmelite order for thirty years, working to unite the Eastern Christians during a time of tension and distrust. He was a devout leader among his Carmelite brothers, and his passion for reconciliation drew him to his flock's confessional for hours on end. Father Raphael founded many Carmelite monasteries around Poland after their suppression by the Russians. As a champion of Christian unification, Raphael built his life on St Theresa's words: "God alone suffices". He is heralded, not only as a hero of the faith, but as a patriot, having demonstrated his national zeal while standing against the Russians during the Polish resistance. Father Raphael's love for God and country is a testament to his selfless service to the Church, to his community and to God who “alone suffices”. He was canonized as a Saint by Pope John Paul II in 1991.