Reverend Father Elias Rafaj, pastor of St. John Chrysostom
Church and Protopresbyter of the South.
Father Elias, as Protopresbyter of the South and pastor of our mother church, St. John Chrysostom, Houston, is responsible for our mission effort. He has been exceedingly helpful in facilitating our efforts to get our mission started. We have benefited greatly from the generous support from St. John Chrysostom.
Father Elias has been a priest since 1999 and is a noted iconographer and liturgist. Prior to his ministry in Houston he served the Byzantine Catholic Church in Pennsylvania where he was the pastor at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church which is noted for being the burial place of the artist Andy Warhol.
|Father Ramon Jacinto Gonzalez, O.P.
is our resident priest who serves our Liturgies. Father Ramon
is currently the pastor of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Parish in the
Archdiocese of San Antonio. An accomplished musician, Fr. Ramon has
also taught music as an adjunct faculty member at San Antonio College.
Father Ramon is a native of San Antonio, and a graduate of UTSA. He studied theology at both a Roman Catholic seminary (the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California) and at an Eastern Orthodox seminary (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York). He has lived religious life as an Orthodox monk at New Skete Monastery in Cambridge, New York, and, currently, as a Roman Catholic friar in the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Fr. Ramon's pastoral ministry has included Roman Catholic parishes and the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh as a deacon and a priest since 2005.
Fr. Ramon studied music at UTSA and UT Austin. He has a great love for Early Music and in addition to his teaching at SAC, he performs music of 18th century Europe on copies of flutes from that period.