Father Raphael Loran was born in 1872 in Karlsruhe (Beresan Region). He studied theology at the Catholic Seminary in Saratov and was ordained in 1897.
He served from 21 January 1898 to 31 August 1898 as the vicar of the Catholic Church in Saratov as well as in Mariental. He then served in Schuck from 1901 to November 1904. He taught at the Central School in Katharinenstadt from 1904-1910. From 1910-1911, he served as a parish priest in the Catholic Church in Katharinenstadt.
He returned to the Beresan Region in 1911 where he served until he was arrested in 1934. He was exiled and died in 1948 in an unknown location.
- Loran Raphael (Wolgadeutsche.ru) [Online]
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Katholischer Teil (Stuttgart: Selbstverlag Joseph Schnurr, 1972): 190.
A group of teachers and clergy of the Central School in Katharinenstadt (1909).
Seated second from left is Father Loran; seated second from right is local orthodox priest Basilius Troizki.