Chaldean News Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa Denha Garmo, interviews Dr. Adhid Miri from the Chaldean Community Foundation. The interview originally aired on Chaldean Voice Radio on AM 690.
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When Maysoun Yatooma Seman reflects back on her childhood, it’s evident that her passion for art was always there. “I can remember being around age seven when my family would comment on and marvel at my artistic abilities. Drawing came easily to me, as did being a creative person. But I did not give my artistic talents much value and high school was the last time I gave it any attention at all.”
What may come as a surprise to most people who talk to Fr. Pierre Konja about Iraq is the normalcy of it all. “I grab a bite to eat with friends in town and the locally owned Christian restaurants will even serve beer. I drove to the store today and picked up few things, the kids play Fortnite and love Snapchat” said Fr Pierre, speaking on a Sunday evening Iraqi time.
Most everyone with ancestral roots outside of the United States feels some sort of a connection to his or her homeland. Some go back to visit. Others, go back to help.
The Shlama Foundation was created to do just that in the ISIS ravaged ancient city of Nineveh in northern Iraq.
According to Al Monitor, following pressure from Vice President Mike Pence, displaced Iraqi Christians now have their own liaison to the U.S. aid agency. Max Primorac has been appointed as the new representative “for minority assistance programs to oversee the distribution of US aid for Iraqi Christians and Yazidis as they seek to rebuild their lives,” reports Al Monitor.
Pope Francis spoke about the “great suffering” that many Christians are enduring in the Middle East, and prayed for peace in the region, especially in Iraq and Syria.
The Pope was meeting Friday with Mar Gewargis III, the Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.
As the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle grows in size and moves steadily into the 21st century, the Bishop and church leaders face increasingly complex and time consuming financial responsibilities. To smoothly facilitate these changes, Bishop Francis Kalabat and the Diocese’s Financial Council hired Walter Nevolis as its chief financial officer.
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The Chaldean Community Foundation hosted their first annual awards gala on Thursday, November 1. The inaugural gala was hosted at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. Honored at the gala were Jason Najor and Marianna Kattula for their ongoing dedication to the Chaldean Community Foundation. Also recognized were Wireless Vision and Level One Bank for their contributions to the CCF Capital Campaign. Through W3R’s generosity, two students were also awarded $5,000 STEM scholarships.
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.