Raphael Kalinowski was born to Polish parents in the city of Vilnius in 1835. Following military service,
he was condemned in 1864 to ten yearas of forced labor in Siberia. In 1877 he became a Carmelite and was ordained a priest in 1882. He contributed greatly to the restoration of the Discalced Carmelites in Poland.
His life was distinguished by zeal for Church unity and by his unflagging devotion to his ministry as confessor and spiritual director. He died in Wadowice in 1907.