About St. Raphael School Journal

(A branch of St. Raphael Online School.)

Started by a group of St. Raphael students in the spring of 2018, St. Raphael School Journal is designed to help keep other St. Raphael students informed about what is going on within the school, while providing a place for students to publish their work.

The project first began when a teacher suggested that the school needed a platform that would allow students to publish and showcase their work. This journal gives this opportunity to students, while sharing their hard work with the school and the Orthodox Christian community in general.

If you wish to submit work, just head on over to the Submitting Your Work page.


Meet the Newsletter Team

Elyse Hawkins

Managing Editor

Column Editor: Student Submissions

Elyse is the oldest of six kids. She lives outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma and attends St. James Orthodox Church. She is a junior in high-school, and has been home-schooled basically her whole life. She works on the weekends, and spends a lot of free time running projects at church. She enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, following and debating politics, and cooking large Thanksgiving dinners.

Some of her favorite authors include Baroness Emma Orczy, Jane Austen, Mark Levin, James Herriot, Zane Grey, Ben Shapiro, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Anthony Horowitz. A few books that she loves are Les Miserables, The Hiding Place, and old books on etiquette. A few weird facts: She can tell you everything there is to know about an EMP, and she’s always wanted to be a profiler and special agent for the FBI.

She plans to attend either Oklahoma State University or Hillsdale college in Michigan, and get a double major in Political Science and Psychology, with a minor in Business.


Molly Jenkins

Assistant Editor

Column Writer: Lenten Recipes

Molly Jenkins is a 16 yr. old junior in high school. She has been homeschooled her entire life and has been a part of Saint Raphael School since her freshman year in high school. Molly lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her family.

Molly is a creative thinker and I loves to learn. With the exception of math, Molly loves her studies. She enjoys reading theology, philosophy, and biographies. Some of her favorite academic subjects are History, Literature, Philosophy, Theology, and Poetry.

Outside of school, she enjoys spending time outdoors; hiking and embracing the fullness of nature. She has a strong passion for art, dance, and music. She loves to sing and paint on occasion. Molly helps to lead the singing at her church.

In addition, she enjoys makeup, psychology, baking, traveling, mission work, spending time at her church, and learning about Liturgical Music.


Aidan Wilson

Column Writer: A Flashback in Orthodox History

Aidan Wilson is the oldest of six kids. He lives in Tennessee and attends St. Ignatius Orthodox Church. His hobbies include reading Star Wars books and building with LEGOs. He likes learning about economics, Church history, English grammar, science, and math.

His favorite books are “Revenge of the Sith” by Matthew Stover and “Watership Down” by Richard Adams. They are closely followed by “Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor”, “Shatterpoint”, “Labyrinth of Evil”, the Kane Chronicles, and “The Iliad”.


Noah Heise

Media Editor

Column Writer: School News

Noah is 14 years old and lives in western New York state, and goes to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Rochester. He has an older sister (Felicia Heise, who is a teacher for the school), a little sister, and a baby half sister.

His favorite things to do include photography, juggling, not reading, cooking, baking, filming and video editing, (basically anything to do with cameras,) and being in the outdoors. Though he does not like reading, he really enjoyed reading the books done in Level 5 British Classics given through St. Raphael.


Fr. Noah Bushelli

Spiritual Advisor

Father Noah Bushelli is grateful to be married to a living saint, Kh. Elizabeth, who homeschools their seven marvelous children. He is an Archpriest in the Antiochian Archdiocese and was received into the Orthodox Church in 1994.

He met his wife at a Vespers service in Alaska and still remembers the joyous and awkward moment. After graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage with a B. Ed. in 2000, they moved to St. Vladimir’s Seminary where he graduated with an M. Div. in 2004 with his thesis exploring St. John Chrysostom’s notion of the Church as a Spiritual Hospital.

After serving St. Nicholas in Bridgeport, CT for three years he moved to St. Philip in Souderton, PA in 2006. He is grateful to raise his family in this warm, generous, faithful and vibrant community and is working very hard to meet the demands of parish life as well as focus on “the one thing needful”.  He spends his down time taking walks, reading theology, changing diapers, telling stories to his children, playing a little guitar.


Mr. Adam Lockridge

Faculty Advisor

Adam was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas where Adam studied Philosophy and Rachel studied Art Education.

In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. At KU Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his Master’s degree at the University of Memphis. The Lockridge family attends Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Overland Park, Kansas.