We invite you to visit St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church. We are an Eastern Catholic Church of the Maronite Rite with a diverse community of all ages. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ, His Church, and for you, our neighbor.

Our Administrator: Deacon Michael Shami

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Our Administrator 

“O Lord, I have loved the service of your house and the dwelling place of your glory.” 

(Ps. 25:8). 

Deacon Michael Shami was born and raised in the New York City metropolitan area. Having studied history and philosophy, He graduated magna cum laude from NYU at the age of 20. Discerning to become a priest rather than law school, he attended the Maronite Seminary in Washington DC for a year before continuing his masters in theology at St. John’s Seminary in California. He graduated magna cum laude with an STB from the Gregorian University in Rome, and has begun coursework for the SEOL/SEOD (ecclesial doctorate) at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome focusing on liturgical studies.

Deacon Michael’s family comes from the ancient Maronite community of Aleppo, not far from where St. Maron himself lived. He has a great love for the Syriac tradition, which poetically strives to express the ever-present God to the world. Like the Syriac tradition, Deacon Michael loves to serve the glory of God and wishes to bring all persons closer to His Mysteries.