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Chaldean Church Sports Leage Basketball 2009 Season Announced
By Tommy Hanna :: Friday, September 12, 2008 :: 31586 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Chaldean Church Sports League, Chaldean Churches

Team registration officially opens on October 1, 2008.  Church CCSL coordinators will have three months to hold draft picks and recruit coaching staff if necessary. 

Talks with the CCSL commissioner, league board, and church coordinators continue over adding more league divisions.  Suggestions have been made to CCSL leaders to add additional divisions including young adults ages 19 - 35 years along with possibly a senior division (36 years of age and older).  The suggestion was made to address the phenomenal explosion of interested players fighting to compete and demonstrate their talent as the best basketball players in the Chaldean community. 

CCSL leaders announce that registration will once again be conducted entirely online.  Chaldean athletes who feel they have the necessary skills to win their church the highly regarded trophy need only prove it on the court. 

Each championship team has every team player engraved on the league trophy that remains at the winning church for one year.  Each year an additional plate is added creating a legacy of church athletic champions. 

For more information please e-mail CCSL@CHALDEAN.org

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.