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2009 ECRC Awake My Soul Spiritual Concert
By Neda Ayar :: Friday, September 12, 2008 :: 55426 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, ECRC, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan will host the 2009 ECRC Awaken My Soul Spiritual Concert. 

Part I of the two day concert begins on Friday, September 26 at the campus of St. Joseph.  Part II begins the very next day. 

The concert will feature top America Christian bands along with internationaly renowned Arabic Chrisitan singers like Tony Melendez on Friday and Nabiha Yezbeck on Saturday, Middle Eastern food, theater performances, 24 hour confessions, faith filled workshops, spiritual gifts, and more. 

There will be something fantastic for everyone of all ages.  Tickets can be purchased from any Chaldean church in Michigan or by visiting www.ecrc.us.

Neran Karmo, ECRC Director shares the upcoming ECRC event and activity highlights:

You are invited!!

Welcome to the 2008-09 season at the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center [E.C.R.C]!

We are blessed at ECRC to offer you a fresh start.   As we continue to walk side by side in our spiritual journey, we learn together in the joy of fellowship.  If you have been with us, or you are new to our programs, we invite you to step in.  We are joyfully waiting for you!!

Although we took a break throughout the summer months from weekly classes and monthly programs, we were not lazy! 

Many were blessed by Vacation Bible School summer camp.  The camp was attended by 180 kids and made possible by over 80 dedicated volunteers. 

The young adults of our community participated in two Kairos retreats; one for the 18-24 age group and another for the 25-30 age group.  

New friendships were made and the faith of all was nourished and ignited during World Youth Day in Sydney , Australia; It was a fruitful summer indeed! 

The mission of Re-evangelization is our goal from the beginning!  Our offerings provide food for our spiritual journey. 

Weekly study programs include Journey Through the Bible, Bible Study in English and Arabic, and Theology classes in which we explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacred Scriptures.  Experience any of the programs and discover the richness, beauty and treasure of our Catholic Faith, in both English and Arabic languages.

This year E.C.R.C is very excited to bring you a new concept of learning – workshops.  A workshop is a series of educational sessions.  Small groups of people meet together over a short period of time to concentrate on a defined area of interest. 

The first workshop will be presented by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim who will be with us for four weeks beginning Oct. 1st to take us on a journey through the history of the Chaldean Church .  

To help us celebrate The Year of St. Paul – designated from June 2008 – June 2009, Dr. Martin Brenner will lead us beginning Oct. 2nd   In the Foot steps of St. Paul. 

Upcoming workshops throughout the year include: Apologetics, Bible Characters, and Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women [ENDOW] Program. 

Parents – we invite you!  Bring the youth to be part of building a faith based community.  The whole family will be nourished by the Truths of our faith so we can lead a life filled with the Lord’s precepts. 

High school and junior high students are invited to participate in the Chaldeans Loving Christ [CLC] Program held weekly at St.  Thomas.

Our weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Mass is vital to our mission.  We are committed to bring our labor to Him so we can be encouraged in our work for the Glory of His name. 

Don’t miss our second Spiritual Conference “Awake My Soul 2008” at St. Joseph Church on September 26 & 27. Both nights will be concluded with spiritual concerts performed by Tony Melendez [in English] on Friday and Nabiha Yezbeck [in Arabic] on Saturday. Get tickets and bring the whole family!!

With more than 20 programs annually, E.C.R.C is blessed with committed, zealous lay people who oversee all these activities.  I ask you to join us in prayer for their love and dedication to evangelize. This work of God is rooted to bring souls to Christ with their “Yes!”

Visit our website at www.ecrc.us to view all programs - or obtain our updated 2008-2009 brochure.   

You are invited to be part of this circle of Love and Service.

Be ready to be surprised by the Lord!!

Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha
 


 

Rev. Stephen Kallabat


Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.