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Chaldeans4Life 40 Days of Prayer Vigil Kick-Off
By Sam Yousif :: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 :: 85090 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Government & Society

Michigan, USA – The Church of Transfiguration in Southfield, formerly St. Michaels hosts the Southfield 40 Days for Life kick-off campaign.  The 40Days for life team invites the public to join the prayer effort as the prayer group gathers at 6:45 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 24th to help put an end to abortion. 

From September 24 - November 2, our community will be one of more than 170 cities in 45 states joining together for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history -- the 40 Days for Life campaign.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil, and 40 days of community outreach.  Chaldeans4Life help lead the effort in the Chaldean community.  Group leaders say the are praying that, with God's help, their groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city -- and throughout America.

Chaldeans interested in becoming part of the growing movement are encouraged to take a stand for life. 

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside the local abortion facility. You can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil out front of the:

WomanCare Abortion Facility
28505 Southfield Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Located 1/4 mile south of 12 Mile Rd on the West side of street.

There are a number of new names on the list of pro-life leaders who've graciously offered kind words about 40 Days for Life. The comments come both from well-known names in pro-life circles as well as emerging leaders who bring new perspectives to this important work.

The list now includes:

  • Norma McCorvey, the "Roe" of Roe v. Wade
  • Lou Engle of The Call
  • Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
  • Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America
  • Matt Lockett of Bound4Life
  • Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America
  • Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel
  • Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily.com

To see the entire list CLICK HERE.  

Chaldeans unable to join the kick-off meeting are still encouraged to particpate.  E-mail info@chaldean.org to learn more about the Chaldeans4Life and how to be a part of the 40 Days for Life campaign.   

To learn more, sign up for specific vigil hours, or let us know how you feel called to serve God in this effort, please contact the local 40 Days for Life leadership team at 40DaysSouthfield@gmail.com or 248-548-1767.

Get the latest updates sign-up for updates and prayer requests using the 40daysforlife.com web page, and browse through the rest of this site to find out how you can help make a lifesaving impact as part of our local 40 Days for Life campaign.

Chaldeans can also Sign up to participate in our local 40 Days for Life vigil by clicking the "Vigil Schedule" link at the web page.

To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign please visit http://www.40daysforlife.com/southfield

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.