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)
"O Mighty One, seated in the heavenly heights, you left the glory of your divinity and loved the lowliness of our human nature to become our model of humility and lowliness. We implore you, through your pure nativity and through the intercession of your Mother…"
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 and his last visit among us was the Lenten Mission several years ago. His obituary can be found here.
May God be merciful to his servant and bishop, Stephen Hector, and may his memory be eternal!
"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.