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Mar Addai Healers and St. Joseph Protectors Face-Off in the 2008 CCSL High School Soccer Championships
By Tommy Hanna :: Saturday, August 30, 2008 :: 29239 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Chaldean Church Sports League, Chaldean Churches

Chaldeans interested in being a part of the Chaldean Church Sports League can e-mail CCSL@Chaldean.org.  The league is over 500 strong and growing.  CCSL invites top community athletes, coaches, managers, administrators, and fans to join their local Chaldean parish CCSL team. 

The Chaldean Church Sports League includes team and individual competition in basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, table-tennis, bowling, chess, backgammon, and video games. 

On Saturday, September 6th, 2008 the top church volleyball teams in the High School and Young Adult divisions compete for the championship title.  The event will also be held at the Southfield Michigan Municipal Complex in Southfield, Michigan.  Teams will begin warming up at 9 a.m. and compete until early afternoon for the championship title.

Other competitive games are also being considered to the catalog of CCSL organized events like, doge ball, wrestling, car racing, and floor hockey.  If readers have suggestions for a game or sport item that should be included CCSL is asking that you e-mail the league.   

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.