Tuesday, February 25, 2020

St Rafqa – Feast Day: March 23 – Saint of the Day

St Rafqa Biography, Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date

St Rafqa Profile. Born: 29 June 1832 AD in Lebanon, Asia. Worked in Lebanon. Died: 23 March 1914 AD in Grabta, Lebanon. Feast Day is celebrated on March 23.
The Memorial of Saint Rafqa – Saint of the Day

St Rafqa Biography

Date of Birth 29 June 1832 AD
Country of Birth Lebanon of Asia
Matrimony/Holy Orders Saints who were Nuns/Sisters
Profession Nun
Place of Work Lebanon
Date of Death 23 March 1914 AD
Place of Death Grabta, Lebanon
Feast Day March 23
Beatification Beatified by Pope John Paul II on 17 November 1985
Canonization Canonized by Pope John Paul II on 10 June 2001
Patron Saint of sick people
loss of parents
against sickness
against bodily ills

St Rafqa Biography

She was also known as:

  • Agnes
  • Anissa
  • Boutrosiya
  • Boutrossieh
  • Boutrossieh Ar-Rayes
  • Lily of Himlaya
  • Little Flower of Lebanon
  • Petra
  • Petronilla
  • Pierette
  • Purple Rose
  • Rafka
  • Rafka Al Rayes
  • Rafqa Shabaq al-Rayes
  • Rebecca
  • Rebecca Pierrette Ar-Rayes

St Rafqa was born on 29 June 1832 AD at Himalaya, Lebanon as Boutrossieh Ar-Rayes. She was the daughter and only child of Mourad Saber Shabaq al-Rayes and Rafqa Gemayel. Rafqa’s mother died when she was 6 years old. She and her step-mother never got along. she used to work as a maid from the age of 11 to 15, announcing at age 14 that she felt a call to religious life.

Rafqa’s father objected, but at the age of 21, she became a nun in the Marian Order of the Immaculate Conception at Bikfaya, taking the religious name AnissaAgnes), and making her final vows in 1856 AD.

St Rafqa