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Invitation to the Closing Ceremony of the “Many Colors of Iraq” Art Exhibit
By Sam Yousif :: Thursday, May 17, 2007 :: 61632 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - The MESOPOTAMIA Learning Studio & Art Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan invites you to the closing ceremony titled the “Many Colors of Iraq” art exhibit Friday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. 

The art exhibit has received many positive reviews and has been well attended throughout the exhibit.  Art directors Lavon Ammori and Amer Hanna Fatuhi have assembled many  of the worlds finest Chaldean artists and artwork.  The astonishing exhibit features well known and influential artists along with many brilliantly talented new artists.  Participating artists from around the world have showcased their talent and vision. 

Pioneer artist like  Issa Hanna Dabish, the eminent artists Ali Talib, M. Muhraddin, and Ismaeel Khayyat, along with the late Artists Khuder Jirgees and Ziad Haider artwork are being featured.  In addition, international artistic stars like M. Abdulla  from Spain, Burhan Saleh Kirkukly from Holland, Farouk Kaspaules from Canada, and from the native land of Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) Mazin Elia Al Shaawi, Qais Issa Al Sindy, Roche Binyamen, Dr. Wissam Marqus, Mahmood Al-Ubidi, & Fadhel Tu’ma (Iraq).  The U.S. Artists delegation features art from the talented works of Paul Batu, Joanne Yono, Josef Yousif, Alaa Hermiz, Sulafa Roumayah, Sam selou, Susan Jadan, and Zuhair Shaouni.

Director Lavon Ammori says the event has successfully brought  together a variety of influential artists to help others better understand Iraq. 

The exhibit is being sponsored by the International Chaldean Association of Art, Dr. David Ayoub, Michigan Community Financial Services ICA Media, Inc.,  and the The Chaldean Educational Center of America CECA
 
The MESOPOTAMIA Learning Studio & Art Gallery is located at 800 Livernois Ave., between 8 and 9 Mile, Ferndale, MI 48220.  Guests interested in attending are asked to RSVP with the Gallery by calling 248-582-9088 or 248-217-5555

Both children and adult refreshments will be served. 

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.