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Chaldean Leaders Host a Neighborhood Dinner in Genoa Township
By Sam Yousif :: Saturday, October 6, 2007 :: 28096 Views :: Community & Culture
Michigan, USA - Chaldean community leaders held a private dinner for neighbors and city leaders of Genoa Township.  The recent purchase of Camp Chaldean in Genoa Township, Michigan gave rise to the dinner celebration.

“Chaldeans are well known for their hospitality.  We enjoyed meeting our new neighbors and breaking bread with them,” said camp spokesperson Robert Kakos.  “We were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout.  Our families prayed together, ate together, and celebrated our community fellowship.” 

Camp neighbors and Genoa Township city leaders made the time to welcome the Chaldean community and join the dinner gathering.  “It was wonderful to receive the invitation,” said Genoa Township Clerk Paulette Skolarus.

The dinner included guided tours of the recently attained 160 acre camp property.  Beginning at 4 p.m. community leaders and neighbors gathered in small groups and toured the grounds.  The visit featured a sightseeing exploration of the facilities, nature trail, and camp lake.  Detroit’s Sacred Heart Parish Council President, Salem Meram  along with other community leaders led small groups of neighbors around the camp.  “We chatted and had a chance to share information with our neighbors. We visited the welcome center, infirmary, the campers cabins, camp barracks, basketball courts, nature trails, executive retreat center, and the banquet hall,” said Meram.

Neighbors who found it difficult to walk, were driven on golf and tour carts.  “It was wonderful to see how happy our neighbors were and learn how much we all have in common,” said Fr. Manuel Boji, Camp Council Clergy Chairperson.

For many of the neighbors the camp tour was the first ever.  “It was surprising to hear that our neighbors were never allowed to see or be a part of the camp in the past,” said Sam Herfy, St. George Parish Council President.  “Well that will all change now.”

Nearly a hundred neighbors and community leaders gathered at the camp banquet hall.  At first the neighbors enjoyed refreshments and had a chance to mingle.  Afterwards dinner guests were introduced to the Chaldean Camp Council leaders and the evening’s agenda.  Shortly thereafter Fr. Manuel Boji led a dinner prayer as church camp volunteers served dinner. 



The dinner included a smorgasbord of Chaldean gourmet foods and desserts.  Traditional appetizers of tabouli, hummus, fattoush, mixed vegetables, and turshey followed by yellow rice, roasted beef and chicken kabob and garlic glazed chicken tikka, dolma, breaded chicken crème chop, lamb meat, white beans, and potato curry.  Dinner also included home made pizza with special Chaldean red pizza sauce. Dessert included baklawa, mixed tray of world cakes, traditional cookies, with coffee and tea.  Neighbors were jubilant and paid plenty of compliments of the Chaldean Mediterranean cuisine.  

After dinner Fr. Manuel Boji shared information about Chaldean history, customs, and heritage, Chaldeans in America, and potential plans regarding the camp. An informal question, answer, and suggestion period followed whereby neighbors had a chance to offer their feedback. 

Comments included disallowing any motor boats on the lake, publicizing camp activities and event schedules, membership opportunities to the camp, shrine development time-table, and if the Chaldean chefs were willing to share their recipes. Concluding the evening guests were randomly given prizes for their participation and feedback. 

The evening ended with congratulatory remarks and excited compliments of having Chaldeans as neighbors and the new camp owners.  Informal discussions of future resident gatherings and activities took shape throughout as small groups gathered and exchanged ideas and contact information.

To view more photos of the event please visit the 2007 Camp Chaldean Neighbor Dinner Photo Album.
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Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.