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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With the massive growth in the Chaldean Diocese and ongoing financial management needs, Bishop Francis moved earlier this year to formally create a Diocesan Finance Council. They mulled over the idea of the Council over the years but it has not taken hold in the long run until now. The need is not only there but the Council is an actual requirement of the Code of Canon Law.Read More
The Chaldean News hosted their fourth annual Entrepreneur Forum Tuesday, November 13 at Vinotecca in Birmingham. This year’s panel was geared towards the restaurant business with each panelist having involvement in the industry in one way or another.Read More
I write this story in first person instead of a feature story because I was indirectly involved. I was driving my daughter home from ice skating one early evening when I answered a call from an unknown number which is not typical of me. I usually let those calls go to voicemail. Something compelled me to answer and when I did a woman on the other end of the line asked if I was Vanessa Denha Garmo from the Chaldean News. Speaking to her on Bluetooth in my car, I answered that I in fact was she. She proceeded to say, “so, you are anti-abortion?”Read More
Most mornings Trevor George wakes up at 4:15 a.m., heads to Starbucks, and is in the office by 5:00 a.m.
This “go-get-’em” attitude is part of what has made his marketing company, Birmingham-based Blue Wheel Media, a success. It is also what allows him to give equal attention to the family business, Trevco, a wholesale licensed apparel manufacturer located in Madison Heights.Read More
Nearly a month after hearing arguments from the Hamama litigation team, Judge Mark Goldsmith has issued an order for the release of Iraqi nationals that continue to be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Read More
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