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Chaldean Students Gather in Adoration
By Paul Isso :: Thursday, July 17, 2008 :: 55796 Views :: Career & Education, Religion & Spirituality, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - A handful of Chaldean-American Wayne State University (WSU) students were recently able to do something that not a handful of Catholic churches could do: attain approval of 24-hour Adoration sessions, something many churches overall, have not yet had.

Rasha Kashat, 20, a pre-medical student at WSU, is one of the students that made efforts to allow one 24-hour Adoration session to be held at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church per week.

Kashat said that "Adoration" is a meaningful gathering of individuals at the church to encourage religious practices, as well as have a great time while committing to such practices.

"In Adoration," Kashat said, "we basically gather a number of individuals together who have an interest in religion, to try and demonstrate to all of them that you could have fun, and still be religious.

"We want to show everyone out there, especially students in the community, such as those at Wayne State, that there are role models out there for you to follow, and that this is something anyone can participate in to enrich themselves religiously."

Kashat said that it was not easy to convince the priest that this would certainly work.

"We had to demonstrate that there would always be someone available to take role and lead the Adoration meetings," Kashat said. "Once we showed that we had a number of available and willing people, the church finally approved it-and this is a thing the church has never had before."

The first official 24-hour Adoration session at St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church took place on Thursday, July 10. According to Kashat, it was a success.

"The first session that took place had a great turnout," Kashat said. "We really surprised ourselves when a handful of people showed up since we didn't have a ton of time to spread the word about it."

WSU students Geen Hanna, Veronica Jamil, Amanda Kesto, Mark Marouki-Attiq, Raquel Nabaty and Lena Romaya, were also involved in these newly-approved 24-hour Adoration sessions at the church.

Hanna, 22, a pre-pharmacy student at the university, said a number of positive things about getting involved in Adoration.

"When someone gets involved in Adoration, they are not only enhancing their religious beliefs through prayer, but also through informative discussions," Hanna said.

Hanna also said, "What's just as nice is how anyone can discuss what's on their mind, and that way, they are able to express themselves freely and comfortably without having to worry because everything discussed in the sessions stay in the sessions-and that's the honor code we go by."

Despite not being involved, other WSU students, such as 19-year-old pre-medical undergraduate Andre Halabu, are also aware of the new Adoration sessions, and strongly support them.

"After hearing fun and beneficial things about these sessions at the church, I just want to involve myself in them as soon as possible," Halabu said. "From what I hear, these sessions are extremely helpful because they encourage participators to stick to their faith in an exciting, intelligent manner, and promote this idea in the form of a large and supportive group."

While she is happy that the church has allowed one 24-hour session per week, Kashat said she has "bigger things in mind later on."

"It will be one day a week for now," she said, "but we plan on increasing the sessions, to an additional day per week every month, until we become 24-7.

"This is the ultimate goal we want to accomplish."


Mr. Paul Isso is the lead community and political journalist for www.CHALDEAN.org in Michigan .  Mr. Isso is attending  Wayne State University Law School and serves the Chaldean community by covering complex political and legal issues along with Chaldean community events held in Michigan .  Mr. Isso can be reached at info@chaldean.org.

St. George, MI USA
St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
45700 Dequinder Rd.,
Shelby Twp., MI 48317
Tel: (586) 254-7221
Fax: (586) 254-2874
 
Pastor: Rev.
Emanuel Shaleta
Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Basel Yaldo

Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.