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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: Thursday, May 17, 2007 :: 82812 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

The flag emerges as one of the more powerful symbols of modern day Chaldean heritage and identity.  Chaldeans have always been known as leaders of organized civilization, law, math, science, agriculture, and innovation.  From the memorable legal writings of  Hammurabi to innovations in chemistry and culinary arts.  Chaldeans have planted the seeds of nations and watered the world with imagination and civil advancement. 

This tradition continues to this day among the Chaldean people.  Persecuted and forced to leave their native lands of Mesopotamia the peaceful men and women have been scattered to the four corners of the globe.  The new Chaldean settlers have already begun offering remarkable advancements in their new host countries. 

The Chaldean flag is often used during cultural and national festivities or celebrations the flag is a visual reminder and acknowledgement of the contributions made by Chaldeans.  The flag demonstrates a tradition of excellence that extends throughout history and into the modern era whereby Chaldeans continue to lead and contribute to the greatness of our world. 

The visual elements of the Chaldean Flag are as follows:

  • The two blue vertical lines (1987 versions and on) represent the eternal rivers Tigris and Euphrates which spring from the north and flow into the south of the Mesopotamian Land (The Chaldean Sea  / Tam-Ti-Sha-Mat-Kaldi) in the ancient Chaldean Babylonian language.
  • The sun (Eightfold Star) represents the Babylonians’ symbol of Law and Justice. The two internal circles Yellow (Sun), Blue (Moon) representing the Chaldeans Babylonians’ cultural contributions to the human history especially in Astronomy and Math. The eightfold sun is designed in the Mesopotamian Chaldean style.

The Colors:

  • The red color refers to the sacrifices offered by the Chaldeans Babylonians while defending their own country ( Mesopotamia / Iraq / Beth Nahrein ) and their Christianity since the beginning of the first century A.D.
  • The blue refers to purity, nobility and high standing. 
  • The yellow refers to their everlasting cultural glory since the pre-history of Mesopotamia.

The Chaldean Flag Day is May 17th selected in honor of the the Chaldean king Nabopolassar (Nabu-apla-usur) who liberated Babylonia on Ayar 17, 467C. (May 17, 626 B. C.) and assumed the throne of the greatest capital of the ancient world on Tishreen II / November 23, 626 B.C.

To learn more about the Chaldean flag visit the following links:

Chaldean Flag Website
www.chaldeanflag.com

ICA Art Org, Dept. of P.R.
www.chaldeanart.com

Amer Fatuhi (The Chaldean artist who designed the Chaldean Flag)
www.amerfatuhiart.com

To order the Chaldean flag visit any Chaldean Gift Shop or online at
www.bostudio4arts.com 

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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.