MAY 2019

Diaconate Ordination

The Diaconate Ordination of Kevin Yono and Marcus Shammami was hosted at St. Thomas on Sunday, April 7.

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A Message from the Bishop’s Office

During a routine financial audit of St. George Church, financial irregularities were identified and, subsequently, investigated more thoroughly.

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In keeping with protocol for such matters, based on guidance from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we notified law enforcement officials who have initiated an investigation. In addition, consistent with recommended best practices, Fr. Wisam Matti and Fr. Anthony Kathawa will be temporarily detached from their current assignment until the investigation is completed. Both priests are still active in our diocese.

Please know that I and church leadership take this matter of stewardship very seriously and are serious about management of people’s funds. We are doing all we can to resolve this matter and are proceeding in a spirit of openness, transparency, and fairness to those involved.

As more information becomes available, I will keep everyone informed.

– Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Bp. Francis Y. Kalabat

St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean

Catholic Eparchy of the U.S.A.

Blessings of Liberty

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“At the height of American political polarization, hundreds of Iraqi Christians living in Detroit face deportation from the president they helped elect.” Directed by Michigan native Emily Thomas, Blessings of Liberty follows two Assyrian/Chaldean-American families as they fight to save members of their family from being deported. Filmed at the height of the deportation crisis that continues to plague the Chaldean community, Blessings of Liberty is a documentary that offers a small glimpse into the fight to save lives. The short film premiered at the Detroit Free Press Film Festival on Saturday, April 13 at the Detroit Institute of Arts as a part of the Mixtape America Vol. 1: Shorts Program 4. Also featured in the documentary were prominent community leaders, activists, and attorneys who have taken on clients facing deportation.