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Chaldean Education Career Centers of Support in Oakland County Michigan
By CE&CC :: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 :: 107749 Views :: Article Rating :: Career & Education, Business & Finance, Chaldean Education & Career Center

Michgian, USA - Tough economic times in Michigan have made it difficult on many Chaldean families.  Without a doubt, a large majority of Chaldeans have their own business or employ other Chaldeans.  The combination of cultural flexibility and understanding, language, and the hard-work ethic desired has brought Chaldean employees and employers together. 

Recognizing the need, the Chaldean Education & Career Center (CE&CC) has partnered with Oakland County Workforce Development Corps to provide Chaldeans a convenient, one-stop access to job training programs and services for employers and job seekers.

We have convenient centers located in highly populated Chaldean residential areas to serve your needs. 

With the disastrous economic leadership in Michigan, Chaldeans have been forced to trim their workforce leaving many Chaldean employees hunting for alternative opportunities. 

Each center provides Chaldean employers with a wide range of services including:

•    Applicant recruitment
•    Onsite interview rooms
•    Training funds for planned new hires
•    Information technology (IT) training
•    Out-placement assistance

Chaldean Job seekers can find help in:

•    Resume writing
•    Interviewing
•    Job placement
•    Testing and assessment
•    Job training funds
•    IT training

We have placed locations in convenient areas to serve Chaldeans.  Below is a list of

Oak Park
22180 Parklawn, Room 111 Oak Park, MI 48237
248-691-8437  | Fax: 248-545-0415

Ferndale
713 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
248-545-0222 | Fax: 248-545-6144

Southfield
21030 Indian, Southfield, MI 48034
248-796-4550 | Fax: 248-796-4555

Troy
550 Stephenson Highway, Suite 400 Troy, MI 48083
248-823-5101 | Fax: 248-823-5113

Pontiac
1837 North Perry, Pontiac, MI 48340
248-276-1777  | Fax: 248-276-9471

Novi
31150 Beck Road, Novi, MI 48377
248-956-5060 | Fax: 248-956-5065

Waterford
5195 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48327
248-682-3417 | Fax: 248-682-0512

For questions or more information please contact the Chaldean Education & Career Center representative in your area. 

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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.