ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
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As families plan their last-minute summer vacations and kids finish up weeks at camp, many others are packing for college. It’s the Back to School issue and the focus is on colleges and Universities. We feature those that seem to attract a Chaldean population and are within driving distance of the Metro-Detroit area.
The summer is a time for most students to kick back, relax and reflect on a job well done, but there are a select few who should be especially proud of their major achievements both in and out of the classroom.
The need for healing in the Chaldean community prompted the inception of the Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center’s newest divorce ministry. In particular, it was evident there was an immense amount of stigma attached to the “D” word: divorce. Divorce is a difficult experience for any person to endure, but it can be especially hard in the Chaldean community.
This past June, thousands of people witnessed Fadie Gorgies and John Bardeleon Jaddou being ordained as priests at Mother of God Cathedral in Southfield. More than 1,000 people attended in person and thanks to technology, thousands more watched it LIVE on Facebook through ECRC’s Mar Toma Productions, directed by Fadi Attisha. The two were the 3rd and 4th seminarians to be ordained under His Excellency Bishop Francis Kalabat.
Veteran summer camp professional Mike Hickey is spearheading an expanded Chaldean community overnight camp in Brighton, and he couldn’t be more excited.
“The camp life is such an opportunity with kids, the campers, to make a difference—really with the staff as well,” said Hickey. “If you are paying attention, you learn more from the kids than they learn from you.”
A little more than two months after guiding the Novi High School boys basketball team on a remarkable journey to its first appearance in the MHSAA state semifinals, Coach Brandon Sinawi was no longer in charge of the Wildcats.
In late May, he stepped down as Novi coach and was named the coach at nearby Novi Detroit Catholic Central High School.
ECONOMICS AND ENTERPRISE
University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) chapter hosted their tenth annual Live From Babylon Event on March 9 at BTB Cantina in Ann Arbor. Each year the CASA board chooses a charity as the beneficiary. This year, CASA chose to honor CODE Legal Aid for their work with the deportation crisis. Raising more than $13,000, CASA surpassed their initial goal of $10,000, making this year’s event the most successful to date.
The Chaldean Iraqi American Association of Michigan honored Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim on November 30 at a dinner at Shenandoah Country Club. More than 600 people were in attendance as Bishop Ibrahim was honored for his moral, spiritual and financial support of Shenandoah throughout its history but most especially during the difficult economic times.