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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The most defenseless

In May of 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain.  Christians, Yazidis, and the Shabak sect of Shia Islam all call the area home, forming a unique cultural mosaic, a centuries-old tapestry of religious diversity. ISIS targeted these communities for genocidal extermination. In a battle to regain control of the ancient Christian village of Teleskof, Charlie and his team were ambushed by ISIS. Charlie fell to a sniper’s bullet.

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College Bound!

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.

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Hope, healing, and happiness

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.

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A call to love and serve

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.

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Camp expands kids' spiritual, social horizons

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.”

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Gubernatorial Race

The race to take Governor Rick Snyder’s place rages on as each candidate works to set them­selves apart from their plentiful pool of oppo­nents. Candidates on both sides – including Gretch­en Whitmer, Patrick Colbeck, Brian Calley and Bill Schuette – are drawing on their several years of politi­cal experience to gain a leg up among the masses and in the race. Others – such as Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Jim Hines – believe their lack of ex­perience is not an issue as they will be able to bring a fresh perspective to the Governor’s office.

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Congressional seat in the 11th District

When U.S. Representative Dave Trott made the surprising announcement that he would not run for another term in Congress for the 11th District, Democrats and Re­publicans began eying the open seat as opportunity and for State Representative Klint Kesto that be­came an opportunity to make history. If elected, he will be the first Chaldean ever elected to Congress. His campaign is garnering not just local attention but the interest of Chaldeans around the country. We asked all the candidates in the race why should the Chaldean community support him or her in this race. We share the answers from those who re­sponded on time for the July printed issue.

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US Senate Race

The pool of candidates running for U.S. Senate is a relatively small one as incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is unopposed in her primary. However, political newcomers John James and Sandy Pensler are fighting for the opportunity to go head to head with Stabenow in the general election. Without a primary and several decades of political experience, Stabenow’s GOP opponent – whether James or Pensler – will have to be prepared for a challenge.

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Congressional seat in the 13th District

The race for the Congressional seat in the 13th District is especially crowded as there are seven Democrats currently running. Since former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr. stepped down from his position in December amid sexual as­sault allegations, several candidates have come for­ward this election cycle to take his seat. While many contenders remain, not all hopefuls were able to make it to the ballot. John Conyers III, Conyers Jr.’s own son who he had endorsed, will not be on the ballot this August. We asked each candidate why the Chal­dean community should support him or her in this race. We share the answers from those who responded in time for the printed July issue. The 13th District covers Detroit, River Rouge, Melvindale, Ecorse, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Inkster, Westland, Wayne, Romulus and Redford.

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Congressional seat in the 14th District

Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, which snakes across parts of both Wayne and Oakland counties, has gone through many redistricting changes having been redrawn numerous times since the 1960s. Considered one of the most gerrymandered districts in the nation, it currently covers a diverse range of communities in­cluding the northwest side of Detroit including its enclave of Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Harper Woods, the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, the Charter Township of Royal Oak, Oak Park, Southfield, Lathrup Village, Farmington Hills, the Charter Township of West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake Village, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake and Pontiac. The traditionally Democratic leaning district includes communities with large Chaldean and African American populations.

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Michigan's 9th Congressional District

The race to replace Congressman Sander Levin is in full swing in the 9th Congres­sional District. Levin announced his retire­ment from Congress in December after serving for 35 years. Candidates from all sides have their sights set on the open seat, including Levin’s son, Andy Levin. We asked all the candidates in the 9th Con­gressional District why they deserve the Chaldean community’s support in this race. The 9th District covers Berkley, Clawson, Center Line, Eastpointe, Ferndale, Fraser, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Madison Heights, Mt. Clemens, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Roseville, St. Clair Shores, Sterling Heights, Warren Bloomfield Charter Township, Clinton Charter Township, Royal Oak Charter Township, Southfield Charter Township, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin.

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