Saint Rafka Maronite Catholic Church is a Catholic Mission of the Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church in communion with the See of Rome led by Pope Francis.
Patron Saint Rafka
Our mission community is placed under the patronage of St. Rafka, the Little Flower of Lebanon.
In the late 1800s, Maronite Catholic families from the Middle East, primarily Lebanon and Syria, migrated to the Greenville, South Carolina area.
"Although there was no Maronite church, there was a Catholic church, Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and it is there that these Maronite Catholics worshiped." ~History of Our Parish
SAINT RAFKA MARONITE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Founded by the Apostle Peter, with roots in Antioch where “the disciples were first called Christians.” (Acts 11:26)
Download the Message of Pope Francis to the Christians of the Middle East in English and Arabic here.
"So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help." Hebrews 4:16
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It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our Bishop Emeritus, Stephen Hector Doueihi.
Bishop Stephen Hector established the Maronite Mission of Greenville and also gave us the name of Saint Rafka Mission. He had a special place in his heart for our mission. His obituary can be found here.
"Believers are increasingly aware that, unless the Good News is made known also in the digital world, it may be absent in the experience of many people for whom this existential space is important." Message of Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day.