St. Raphael School Journal

Started by a group of St. Raphael students in the spring of 2018, the St. Raphael School Journal is a monthly publication designed, edited, and written by St. Raphael students for St. Raphael students and their families. The Journal is proud to showcase the work of St. Raphael students in the form of featured columns and student submissions, while working to keep students and their families informed of what is going on within the school and its classes. Under the guidance of Presbytera Maria Koulianos, the newsletter team looks forward to each wonderful year of publication.

Archived Issues

May 2019

April 2019

Threads of Similarities

Written By: Samantha Woolman Issue: Set to Appear in the September Issue of the Newsletter There are numerous religions practiced throughout the world. And within these numerous religions there are many differences. It is these contrasts in practice, belief, and...

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The Transfiguration Today

Written By: John Dye Column: Reflection of the Month Issue: Set to Appear in the September Issue of the Newsletter Each year, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration. While it may not be considered as great as Pascha or the...

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The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Step 26

Written By: Anonymous Grade: 10th Grade Teacher: Fr. Noah Bushelli Class: Level Vl Catechism Issue: Set to Appear in the April Issue of the Newsletter   Feelings are not exactly my strong point, you may have noticed. I have a tendency to try to back everything...

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March Nature Observation

Written By: Samuel Jenkins Teacher: Presbytera Maria Class: Liberal Arts Level 5.1 Issue: Set to Appear in the April Issue of the Newsletter Springtime in Pennsylvania is usually a mix of some warm days, some cold days, and sometimes even snowy days. Springtime is a...

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The Lenten Chiaroscuro

Written By: Aidan Wilson Column: A Flashback in Orthodox History Issue: Set to Appear in the April Issue of the Newsletter   The Contrasts in the Hymnography of Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha This time of year in the calendar is a season of great contrasts. The...

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Lenten Reflection and Recipe

Written By: Molly Jenkins Column: Theosis Through the Arts Issue: Set to Appear in the April Issue of the Newsletter “Let us show that we eat for the sake of living, and not be guilty of living for the sake of eating.”   Whilst on a Pinterest expedition for a...

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A Coming in the Past

Written By: Anonymous Grade: 11th Grade Teacher: Mr. Adam Lockridge Class: Medieval Literature, Level 7 Issue: Set to Appear in the April Issue of the Newsletter   One lone night I drank from the river. The next morn all unknowing I awoke. A tremor filled me, a...

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The Sin of Pride

Written By: Sarah Spivey Grade: 12th Grade Teacher: Mr. Adam Lockridge Class: Medieval Literature, Level 7 Issue: Set to Appear in the March Issue of the Newsletter   Through Virgil, in Cantos XVI-XVIII, the author Dante reasons that sin is the equivalent of love...

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