In Memoriam: Archpriest Raphael David Johnston

July 31, 2020

The Very Reverend Archpriest Raphael David Johnston fell asleep peacefully in the Lord on July 31, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife 46 years Matushka Debbie, sons Ian (Laura) and Michael, and grandchildren, Aiden, Emma and Makayla.

Fr Raphael was an Archpriest in the Orthodox Church in America and the rector of Saints Peter and Paul Ruso-Greek Orthodox Church, Dickie Bush Alberta, as well as a regular assisting priest in Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, in Edmonton.

Fr Raphael served his country with honour and distinction as an officer and chaplain in her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces, most notably serving with the 3rd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Manitoba. He also served as chaplain in the recreation unit "Rocky Mountain Horse Artillery Regiment."

Due to the restrictions in place during this current COVID-19 pandemic, services will be offered by invitation only, in order to maintain social distancing and to limit contact to only a small number. In order to allow as many as possible to participate in the services, a link will be placed here to allow all the ability to participate via live stream.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Dickie Bush Parish, and to the iconography project at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church.

Glory to God for all things!

Funeral services at St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Sobor, Edmonton:

  • Funeral Vigil Thursday, August 6 at 7pm
  • Divine Liturgy Friday, August 7 at 10 am

NOTE: Attendance is by invitation only due to Covid rules for physical distancing, but services will be live-streamed for others.