A conversation with Bishop Francis

Some might call his ordination a baptism by fire; immedi­ately following his ordination as Bishop, he had to deal with the displacement of thousands of Iraqi Christians by ISIS.

Bishop Francis was ordained on June 14, 2014 just two weeks after ISIS invaded Iraq. He is now in his fifth year as the leader of the Chal­dean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit.

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On guard for the faith

Father Anthony Kathawa, as­sociate pastor of St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church has a dual role as a priest. He is also able to celebrate mass and serve in the Latin Rite. Last month, he was sworn in as Chaplain for the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township. Bishop Francis approved the bi-ritual status.

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History's deadliest pattern

The dreadful attacks against Christians in the Middle East by the Islamic State group (ISIL) follows an unfortunate, familiar pattern of genocidal religious persecution. Susan Adelman’s book, After Saturday Comes Sunday, pulls back the curtain on religious violence in the Middle East, focusing on massacres suffered by early Christian churches, the genocide of Armenians, Syrians and Greeks in 1915, and the present-day destruction carried out by ISIL.

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Labor of love

Karen Binno Akouri and Wesson Kassab are wives and mothers each with their own babies. These babies are not children. They are their businesses. They created them essentially on their own, are nur­turing them and watching them grow and thrive.

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A Tahini Tradition

When Ronny Ayar’s great great grandfather, Yousif, went to work in a tahini factory in Iraq, a love and passion for tahini that would span five genera­tions was sparked. Working in this tahini factory, Ronny’s great great grandfather learned the ins and outs of the business, from producing to packaging – giving him the knowl­edge he needed to open his own ta­hini factory.

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In production

Working hard is a strong Chaldean trait and Dana Denha does just that. She’s a wife and mother in addition to being a talk show host, producer, script writer, editor, audio technician and camera operator at Community Television Network in Ann Arbor.

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New agent in charge

There is a new agent in town and he is in charge of the FBI – Detroit Bureau. Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Tim Slater moved back home to Michigan after his last stint in Washington DC and has been meeting groups across the region. He and his team met with Martin Manna and Chaldean Community Foundation members last month at the foundation offices in Sterling Heights.

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The art of an entrepreneur

John Jonna fell into the food and beverage industry because it was the only venture opened to the newly arriving Chaldean Immigrants to the United States. If you are truly to understand John Jonna, you will re­alize that he is an ardent entrepreneur and a well-versed passionate educator whose busi­ness classroom is in retail and restaurants.

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By the grace of God

Padre Pio once said, “Even though the Lord is in us, He still wants us to ask for what we desire.”

And that’s exactly what Jeff Kass­ab did after months of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to cure his co­lon cancer. He prayed to Jesus Christ and his favorite saint, Padre Pio.

“Lord, I am at your service,” he invoked. “You helped me, you healed me, and whatever you want from me I’ll give to You. That is my desire.”

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Making fitness fun

Just because summer is winding down, doesn’t mean the summer body that you worked so hard for should fade away along with it. Or, perhaps like many, you never quite got going on getting fit for summer because you absolutely de­spise the mere mention of the word `exercise’.

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Post primary

A couple months ago, we dedi­cated our July issue to in­forming our readers on key races throughout the state. We start­ed with the gubernatorial race and even got into a few of the congres­sional races. The August 7 primary was a whirlwind, candidates and constituents alike were on the edge of their seats awaiting the results.

We bring you the candidates that will be heading into the general elec­tion in about two months. Read up on your district and head into the polls prepared to make an informed decision – midterm elections are key in getting your voice heard in Lan­sing.

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