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We are unique not only by using classic books in these days of popular culture education, and of teaching them in a thoughtful manner, we are also unique in this regard: The classroom is conceived as members of the body of Christ, made in the image of God, baptized and chrismated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We never consider our students as mere names or numbers – or even as mere “students”. When we experience the truth, beauty and goodness in our books and conversations, it is the whole person as icon of God whose heart is lifted up, the heart which is the intellectual and spiritual center of every person. In this mode of education we begin to see into the mystery of things.

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Only basic equipment needed to log on to
St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool:

A PC or Mac and a working headset.
Connection and navigation information is explained at enrollment and orientation.  The classroom is “live” and coordinated across time zones to take place in “real-time”, spontaneously and conversationally.  No web cameras or high tech gizmos that distract the students' focus and attention are required.  We occasionally use colorful graphics, maps, photographs, paintings, and portions of the text we are reading at the time are posted on on screen.

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Click Here to listen to Dr. Taylor's recent interview on Ancient Faith Radio.

April 02, 2014    Length: 21:38

Bobby Maddex interviews Dr. James Taylor, the founder and director of the St. Raphael Orthodox Online Home School. The school has just finished its first year of operation, and registration has begun for the summer session, which will feature four new course offerings.




From His Grace's Article, "Sanctified Schooling" - sanctified-schooling.pdf

Another of these [schools], explicitly Orthodox, is the newly launched St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool - ( Under the guidance of a priest in the diocese I serve, Dr. James Taylor has employed his great love of the Orthodox Church with his technical expertise, as well as a life time of education, to create a rewarding, affordable, and challenging option for stepping up the academics of the homeschooling family. If you are comfortable with the Internet and serious about the development of your child’s reading, writing, and discussion skills, I recommend you look into this new online school. This program could actually be useful as a supplement to any family, even non-homeschooling

Reading Road to Writing:  Join us in the Sailing Adventure of two orphans who set out to find their lost father.

Paschal Greeting from Bishop Thomas


Beloved in Christ,


I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8)

The Apostle Paul reminds us of what is central to our Faith: the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, along with his appearances. We are fast approaching the greatest celebration in our Orthodox Christian calendar; let us open our hearts to celebrate this Good News with eagerness and embrace it fully.

The death of Christ is not only for our sins, but serves as our example of how to live for others a life of sacrificial love. The resurrection is the evidence that Christ was blessed by the Father, though on the cross he was cursed for our sake. The resurrection appearances of Christ to the Apostles were the call to them to proclaim what he had done through his cross. The apostolic witness to us is a call for us to do the same.

Let us not keep this resurrection joy to ourselves. Let us be like the myrrh-bearing women who left the empty tomb with great joy, and proclaimed the good news:
He is risen!

Yours in Christ,
Rt. Rev. Bishop THOMAS (Joseph)
Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic

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