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. Read More
When her mother asked her what she wanted for her birthday, Ashley Rapp could not think of one thing she truly needed – she is fortunate enough to have access to everything she could possibly need. Instead, she thought of those all around her who were not as fortunate. Read More
“Running changed from something I did for my physical health to a vehicle to pursue challenges I could really put myself into… to test both my mental and physical limits.” Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
King George is royalty in the video gaming world.
George Kassa is King George’s real name. He’s a 28-year-old Detroiter who quickly made a name for himself as a professional video game competitor, then left that sphere in January to focus entirely on live-streaming and content creation. Read More
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. Read More
The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce hosted their 13th annual Business Luncheon on October 19. Hosted at the Sound Board at the MotorCity Casino Hotel again this year, the annual event is a celebration “showcasing businesses and communities from the Chaldean American and partner communities.” Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
High security surrounded Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield last month for a visit from Vice President Mike Pence who was in town to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate John James. Nearly 200 people attended the fundraiser and about 12 people attended a private meeting prior to the luncheon. Read More
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. Read More
Sydney Alton started by recording YouTube videos. Now she was walked the red carpet at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards at the company’s request.
While she didn't perform at the show, she does have a history with Radio Disney. Last spring, she became the first Chaldean to have a song to play on the station, with her song "Up for Air." Read More
Six hours after Camden Manning was born, her mother, Vanessa Yaldoo Manning of West Bloomfield, noticed something was awry. “Camden did not want to nurse, she vomited a green bile, and she did not pass her first stool.” Read More
It was a late-night reflection that prompted Lisa Denha to start the Chaldean Moms of Metro Detroit page. “It was an idea I had that I felt like the community needed,” said Denha. “We don’t realize how much we have in common with other women in the Chaldean community and how much we could grow from one another.” Read More
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.” Read More
It was Labor Day weekend a couple of years ago and we were hanging out with my side of the family at a friend’s pool. My husband, Ron, who had been diagnosed with diabetes a few months earlier and was on a daily dose of pills, wasn’t feeling well that day. He chalked it up to being tired from a busy week at work and having eaten way too many stuffed jalapeno peppers that day. Read More
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’. Read More
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. Read More