Featured Mission: St. Raphael Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Iowa City, IA
Iowa City, IA
Since our beginning in 2002, God has blessed our mission with “growth” in multiple senses of the word. From an initial handful, our group has grown to include a roster of about 100, with Sunday liturgy attendance averaging 50-60. A large percentage of us are children. Our members include “cradle” Orthodox and converts, representing many nationalities including Syrians, Russians, Ukrainians, Romanians, Greeks, Lebanese, Georgians and Americans, all worshipping together in English. We usually have a group of catechumens and several inquirers. We are blessed to be truly pan-Orthodox!
Whether you live in Iowa City or elsewhere, we invite you to share in our life of prayer and worship and the building of this church. If you live far away, you can participate through your prayers and donations, both to our mission and to missions across the archdiocese. We benefit every time you pray for us and commemorate us in the liturgy. And of course, we would welcome you with open arms if you ever happen to pass through our community!
In order to help insure that the Orthodox faith will be more firmly established in Iowa City, we have begun to undertake a capital fundraising campaign to allow us to be in a position to either purchase land for a future building, or else purchase an existing building. We are over-capacity in our current, small space, and sometimes not everyone who wants to squeeze into our chapel can do so. Right now, we have an opportunity to purchase a beautiful church building in town, if God provides the finances. If you would like to help us attain this goal, please contact Fr. Ignatius at frignatius@straphaelorthodoxchurch,org. Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever!