This month, a group of missionaries will travel to Lebanon to give medical and spiritual aid to displaced Christians who have been forced to leave their homes due to wars and persecution. The team, led by Fr. Fadi Philip, a Chaldean Catholic priest and the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Warren, Michigan, will visit displaced families throughout the region to give them much needed medical and spiritual support. In addition to Fr. Fadi, the team includes five medical doctors: Ranin Paolus, M.D.; Maha Bishara, D.M.D.; Sara Alsakka, Michael Haddow, D.M.D.; and Rand Touma, M.D. who are part of the MERCI project.
Every year there are trends in various industries with experts projecting outcomes or what to look out for in the coming year. Just like a particular industry, regions or communities have their own market shifts or approaches. The Chaldean community is no different. “We have seen a lot of focus on the food, hospitality, wireless and Marihuana sectors,” said Martin Manna, president of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. “Many are looking at franchising and we continue to see many developments, which has always been a significant part of the Chaldean community’s portfolio of business."
Critics of technology argue that it can hinder interpersonal communication and limit face-to-face interactions. While there may be some validity to these statements, technology can also bring about enhancements to the natural connections we strive to make with one another by making interactions more accessible than ever before. Take Jay Nalu and Omar Binno, for example –two Chaldeans utilizing the advancements of today’s technology to connect to a wider audience of individuals craving insight, wisdom, entertainment, and knowledge.
The Chaldean Football League is all about winning the coveted Chy Cup. It’s also about the people who make up the six-team flag football league. People like Karl Dallou, who completed his 30th season last fall. People like Ernest Yaldo, who finally became a league champion in 2017 in his 19th year in the league. People like Andrew Shango, a first-year quarterback who led the Green team to the league title last fall. People like Lance Samona, the Green team player-coach, who admittedly took a gamble when he made Shango, one of the league’s top receivers, the team’s quarterback.
The past year has proven to be quite the year for the Chaldean community as it grappled with many highs and lows. From the rounding up of hundreds Iraqi nationals across Metro Detroit to the liberation of Nineveh. In an effort to provide the latest news possible, the Chaldean News has covered an array of events and issues affecting the community. Below are just a few of the most impactful events and stories that the Chaldean News has covered. Here are the 2017 highlights.
According to research, in 2015, more than a quarter of students in grades 6-12 have tried e-cigarettes. Local schools are warning parents of a growing trend of teens engaging in “vaping,” or the use of e-cigarettes. As the use of traditional cigarettes has fallen, the popularity of other nicotine products, including e-cigarettes has dramatically increased.
“Here I am, Lord,” Bishop Bawai Soro said the words of the Prophet Samuel in response to the Lord’s call. “I repeat them in response to the call of His Beatitude, Mar Louis Sako, the Chaldean Patriarch and the members of the Holy Chaldean Synod who elected me as the third Bishop of the Eparchy of Mar Addai of the Chaldeans in Toronto. Through them I say to the clergy and believers, young and old, and from all walks of life, ‘Here I am, at your service.’ "
It’s an annual week when Catholic schools show their pride to the outside. National Catholic Schools Week is celebrated every year beginning on the last Sunday in January and runs for an entire week. It’s an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States and it’s been happening since 1974. According to the National Catholic Education Association, it’s a time for schools to focus on the value that Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to the church, our communities and our nation.
Jane Dabish, otherwise known as Jane the Director, made her first film in 2005. Family Chaos is a comedy feature about a Chaldean American girl, Rulea, who tries her luck writing movies while her brother Joel wants her to work for the family business. Between all that family chaos, two of her uncles die one day apart.
It’s January and that means a BIG Happy New Year to you all. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? We want to know. Our roaming reporter Halim Sheena caught up with some Chaldeans on the Street to ask them.
Food brings families and entire communities together during the holidays. We asked Chaldeans on the Street: What’s your favorite holiday dish?
In light of the recent tragedies that have plagued our community, we took to the street to ask about addiction. We asked community members, what do you think we, as a community, can do to combat this epidemic?
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.
The Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) once again hosted their annual Gather and Give Fundraising Dinner. This year’s theme was the Fruits of ECRC. The event was hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield on October 26. The evening featured a raffle and silent auction that showcased an array of baskets and prizes, including a private dinner with Father Anthony for up to 20 people catered by Chef Carl Hakim and a Tigers game with Father Pierre.