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As we celebrate Black History Month throughout February, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is pleased to share the story of Archimandrite Raphael Morgan, the first African American priest to serve the Orthodox Church in the Americas. Ordained in Constantinople in 1907, he would later become Apostolic-Vicar to America to serve fellow Africans in diaspora through his ministry in Philadelphia. The challenges Rev. Morgan faced ministering to the Church during the Spanish Flu speaks to today’s pandemic.