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St. Raphael Kalinowski

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Feastday: November 19
Birth: September 1, 1835
Death: November 15, 1907
Beatified: June 22, 1983, Krakow, Poland, Pope John Paul II
Canonized: November 17, 1991, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

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Rafael Kalinowski(September 1, 1835 - November 15, 1907) was a Polish Discalced Carmelite friar born as Józef Kalinowski inside the Russian partition of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in the city of Vilnius He was a teacher, engineer, prisoner of war, royal tutor, and priest, who founded many monasteries around Poland after the suppression by the Russians. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1991, the first man to be so recognized in the order of the Discalced Carmelites since Saint John of the Cross.

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