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Motor City Wives Features Chaldean Cast Member
By Mary Esho :: Sunday, June 10, 2012 :: 58272 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment
Michigan, USA – “I think the show will be fun to watch.  I think Suzanne will be type casted as some gorgeous out-of-the-dessert repressed freak that is waiting to explode.  They will take hundred hours of footage and use less than one.  In that one they will give her a back-story of being repressed and missing out on the crazy and wild side of life that she will now want to relive,” says Abby Hesano, a Motor City TV show critic.  

Hesano is talking about a new Detroit TV Show titled Motor City Wives.  The show features Chaldean Suzanne Lossia as a bombshell waiting to explode.  

“Detroit is good for drama.  Detroit has been cast by Hollywood with stereotypical sentiments of crime, race, and raunchiness.” Hesano adds with a gitty laugh.  “It is why TV does so great out here.”

The “gritty life” is what former executive TV producer Russell Silverstein says about Detroit.  The former Detroiter gives CHALDEAN.org insight in the world of television production.  “When I grew up in Metro-Detroit we often talked about the way the city is changing.  As a Jewish family we were quick to critique and fast to move,” says Russell with a smile.  “Detroit has made an image for itself.  News coverage of the crime and underbelly, the Unions and mafias, the city that made America move – what could be better for TV.”

Suzanne Lossia, a cast member from the new highly anticipated reality television show Motor City Wives.  The show is getting people around the country interested in learning about Chaldeans, but many in the Chaldean community are concerned the TV producers will purposely misrepresent and sensationalize Chaldeans for ratings.  

“That is exactly what will happen,” says Silverstein.  “TV is meant for ratings; meant to get viewers.  They will make characters two dimensional and a car wreck to get viewers to watch and talk.  With so much competition for viewers TV shows will go over the top to get attention.”

The show is expected to debut this Fall with anticipated talk that the VH1 network will purchase broadcasting rights.  Lossia grew up in West Bloomfield, where  she attended West Bloomfield High School.  She's the only cast member on the show from Oakland County.

Producers are not answering questions surrounding the show and its cast members who are rumored to be Detroit native and rap singer Eminem's ex-wife Kim Mathers, Flavor of Love 2 winner Deelishis, Sara Stokes of Making the Band, and former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's relative Ayanna Kilpatrick Ferguson.

Lossia says the show will help dismantle some of the negative stereotypes about Detroit. She praised the city, and has hope for its future. "Detroit is beautiful. We're going to bring it back," she said.   

The show has been filming in metro-Detroit for seven months, and shooting is now complete.  Scenes were filmed in downtown Detroit and local malls.

Lossia is divorced, and has two children ages 14 and 16.  Divorce out of convenience in the Chaldean community is frowned upon and seen as detrimental and harmful to children.  “The Chaldean community is similar to the Jewish community back in the 50’s,” says Silverstein.  “Divorce back then was supported and accepted only if the spouse was abusive, addicted, or derelict.   Now Divorce is supported for any reason and out of convenience.   And most harming the children who are still sensitive to such personal matters.  I hope Lossia can keep them protected. “

Responding to critics the show will attract Lossia said, “Everyone who knows me, knows what type of person I am. I’m a phenomenal mother,” she said.    One of her sons maintained a 4.0 GPA at Brother Rice High School, another is expected to begin school there.  Lossia is very family oriented. "I'm all about family," she said.    

She was initially skeptical about appearing on the show.   "My family is so supportive and they pushed me to do this." She still maintains a good relationship with her ex-husband and children’s father Tony who owns hotels in Indiana and Kentucky.   

Silverstein says Lossia and the other ladies on the show are naïve and the industry will chew the women up and spit them out.  “They will create sensational and tense situations and watch the women blow-up.  They will get them to talk about everything and nothing.  What they won’t tell the women is the impact on the lives of their children, family, and friends.   Cast of TV scandalous shows try to convince themselves that what they are doing is an art.  Reality TV is formed around scandal and meant to be shocking and embarrassing.  If it is not, the show will not be renewed.”
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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.