A LETTER TO THE CHALDEAN COMMUNITY
SPECIAL SECTION: FALL FASHION
Ten Brother Rice students took part in a mission trip to Peru over the summer, led by Spanish teacher, Kairos leader and 2002 Brother Rice High School alumnus, Andrew Ciesielski. While most took the opportunity to embark on the mission trip for the mere fact that it was a break from the everyday routine, they were met with life-changing experiences.
On Sunday, September 10, the Iraqi Canadian Artists Federation (ICAF) gathered with a number of Iraqi American organizations at Ali Baba in Sterling Heights to present the Amanuel Rassam Award to actor, director, and author Abed Alsenad. The award will be given annually to two artists, one in Canada and one in the United States, who worked in television.
The Vatican announced Wednesday, August 9, that Pope Francis named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans. “The [new] appointment was unexpected,” said Bishop Shaleta, who not long ago — in January 2015 — had been appointed to serve Mar Addai Eparchy of Toronto. “I was working in Toronto, trying to bring more priests to the eparchy. Things were moving forward there.”
Martin Manna has talked about diversity issues for years as the president and CEO of Chaldean Chamber of Commerce and Chaldean Community Foundation, but this year at the Livonia Chamber of Commerce Connecting Cultures to Business Luncheon the focus was on the diversity of generations in the workplace. He was representing Gen X.
This year forever changed the lives of 44 people who attended Fr. Pierre Konja’s Pilgrimage through Mother of God Church. I was privileged enough to be one of those people. We toured the holiest places from France to Israel to Italy. From the early mornings to the exhausting walks and the hours of plane and bus rides, it is without a doubt that this pilgrimage is not for the weak of heart.
With this issue being our Fall fashion guide, we wanted to know what community members absolutely needed in their closet. So we posed the question, what is a staple item in your closet?
With the launch of Mango Languages’ Sourath series this fall, we wanted to ask community members how they felt about preserving the Chaldean language.
The Chaldean Cultural Center hosted a gala on September 13 in celebration of the grand opening of the Chaldean Cultural Museum in the Shenandoah Country Club. Eventgoers were met with the sights and sounds of a traditional Chaldean celebration as some were dressed in traditional garb and danced to traditional music. Included in the event was dinner and cocktails. As well, those who were in attendance were given the opportunity to participate in a live auction.
The Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) hosted their tenth annual spiritual festival, Awake My Soul, on Saturday, September 9. Awake My Soul started with a testimony from seminarians Deacon John Jaddou, Deacon Fadie Gorgies, Rodney Abasso and Perrin Atisha. The seminarians spoke of their recent mission trip to Iraq, what they saw and how it changed their views. Following the seminarians’ testimony, Mother Olga and Dr. John Wood lead the Men and Women’s Breakout Sessions.