St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission Accessible

Quincy, Illinois

St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission

Founded 2004


Services held at:
St. Francis Solanus Chapel, (Francis Hall, 1st Fl)
Quincy University

Diocese: Diocese of the Midwest

Deanery: Kansas City Deanery


1800 College Ave
Quincy, Illinois 62301

Mailing address:

PO Box 115
Quincy, IL 62306-0115

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Parish Contacts


Lay Leadership

Jonathan Hanchett
Mission President
Phone: 216-307-3918


General Location
St. Raphael of Brooklyn Mission meets at St. Francis Solanus Chapel, on the first floor of Francis Hall, Quincy University. 

From I-172
Exit at Broadway heading west. Drive to North 18th street. Turn North/right. Drive about 2.5 blocks, pass oak street. Parking lot is on your right. Walk to Francis Hall. There will be a sign that says Chapel. Enter that door and take the stairs.

Those who need handicapped access to the chapel,  drive past that parking lot, past another half block and enter parking lot G on your right, drive to behind Francis Hall and use one of the several handicapped parking spaces. If no one is there to open the door then buzz for security to come open the door for you. The elevator is across from the vending machines. Press c1, chapel first level, and come on into the chapel.

From US 24 heading east (from Missouri)
After crossing the Mississippi River bridge, you will be on Maine St.. continue to North 4th and turn north/left. Three blocks until Broadway. Turn East/right on Broadway. Continue to North 18th. Turn North/left. Continue as directed above.

Schedule of Services

All services are in English.

5:30 PM Vespers.
Saturday Evening

9:10 AM Hours, followed by Divine Liturgy.
Sunday Morning

Please check the parish website or Facebook account for the schedule of any additional services.

Parish Background

Reader Kevin Nicolai Payne, who had just moved to Quincy, was given permission by Bishop Job to hold Reader’s Service and read the Gospel in Quincy.  He and another Orthodox man began the services.  After they had found other interested persons, His Grace, Bishop Job blessed them to begin a mission station (the Orthodox Christian Community of Quincy, IL) under the sponsorship of St. Joseph’s Orthodox Church,  Wheaton, IL. Gradually, the mission identified and included other individuals and families.

For several years, St. Joseph’s Orthodox Church provided priests from its staff to serve liturgies as well as pastoral care and leadership.  These priests included Father Joseph Kopka, Father Alexander Lisenko, and Father Basil Aden.

The mission station met for a time in Reader Nicolai’s home and then in the basement of a local business. Until a fire destroyed the main building and damaged the chapel, it met in the chapel of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Briefly after the fire, the mission met at the chapel of the First Congregational Church, but soon the mission found its own space to rent at 8th and State in downtown Quincy.

As time went on, under the leadership of Fr. Basil and with the support of the Diocese of the Midwest, the community reached out to unchurched Orthodox as well as to non-Orthodox in the Quincy area.  God has blessed these efforts with the return of a number of persons to Orthodox worship as well as the first catechumens.

His Grace, Bishop Job granted the mission station full mission status on January 1st, 2004, and placed it under the heavenly patronage of St. Raphael of Brooklyn. The mission is eager to share the life and faith of the Orthodox Church with all who reside in the Quincy, IL and Hannibal, MO area as well as those who are visiting the region. 

Glory to God!