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US State Department to Address Chaldeans on Refugee and Resettlement Issues
By Amer Hedow :: Saturday, May 29, 2010 :: 115085 Views :: Article Rating :: Career & Education, Government & Society, Chaldean Caucus

Michigan, USA – “I hope the State Department is prepared to defend its position with hard facts.  We are tired of hallow promises.  Chaldeans have not seen any serious action from the U.S. about protecting the rights of minority in Iraq or helping the hundreds of thousands of refugees scattered across the world,” says Anthony Aboud of Sterling Heights, Michigan.  “I pray every Chaldean concerned about what is happening in Iraq and what is happening to Chaldean refugees around the world joins me on June first.”

On Tuesday, June 1, 2010, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Michael Corbin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Special Coordinator for Iraq's Minority Communities will be speaking at the American Polish Cultural Center located on 2975 E. Maple Road (corner of 15 Mile & Dequindre), Troy, MI 48083.

Corbin will be in Troy to address the Iraqi American community on U.S. policy toward Iraq, the concerns of Iraqi minority communities, and matters related to refugee resettlement.  Mr. Corbin recently returned from Iraq where he met with leaders and members of Iraq’s minority communities.  He will provide a comprehensive briefing on that trip, as well as current efforts to address their needs.

Serving under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Corbin was appointed by President Barack Obama to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of near Eastern Affairs where he has served since July 2009 and focuses on issues concerning the Ethnic and Religious Minority Communities in Iraq.

Corbin will also be accompanied by Mr. Lawrence Bartlett, Deputy Director of the Office of Refugee Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration, U.S. Department of State.  Mr. Bartlett recently returned from a trip to Iraq, Jordan and Syria and will speak about the Iraqi refugee resettlement program to the United States.  Representatives of Detroit area refugee resettlement agencies will also be available to respond to resettlement-related questions.

Reservations are not required in order to attend.  This event is open to the media.  If you require more information about the venue please contact Karina Skomska at 248-689-3636.

عامة

 وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية

نائب مساعد وزيرة الخارجية

مايكل كوربن  السيد

خطاب خاص للجالية العراقية الأمريكية

بخصوص أوضاع الأقليات العراقية وأمور اللاجئين وإعادة التوطين

سيتم حضور نائب مساعد وزيرة الخارجية الأمريكية، مايكل كوربن في منطقة تروي، ميشيكان، لإلقاء خطاب الى الجالية العراقية الأمريكية بخصوص سياسات الولايات المتحدة تجاه العراق، وشؤون الأقليات، والقضايا االمتعلقة بإعادة توطين اللاجئين. فالسيد كوربن عاد مؤخراً من زيارته للعراق، حيث التقى بقادة وأعضاء الأقليات في  العراق، وسيزود الحضور بملخص شامل عن رحلته، والجهود القائمة لتحقيق احتياجاتهم.   

 كما أن السيد لورنس بارتليت، نائب مدير مكتب قبول اللاجئين، ومكتب السكان، واللاجئين والهجرة في وزارة الخارجية الأمريكية، والعائد حديثاً من زيارة العراق وسوريا والأردن،  سيرافق السيد كوربن وسيتحدث عن برنامج  إعادة  توطين اللاجئين العراقيين في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. كما سيحضر مسؤولي منظمات إعادة التوطين  في منطقة ديترويت للإجابه عن الأسئلة المتعلقة بإعادة التوطين.

سيعقد هذا اللقاء يوم الثلاثاء الموافق الأول من شهر حزيران 2010، وذلك في تمام الساعة السادسة والنصف ولغاية الثامنة والنصف مساءً

في قاعة المركز الثقافي الأمريكي البولندي

2975 E. Maple Road

Troy, MI 48083

(في تقاطع شارعي ديكوندر والميل الخامس عشر في مدينة تروي)

للمزيد من المعلومات حول مكان انعقاد الإجتماع، يرجى الإتصال بكارينا سكومسكي على الرقم

248-689-3636

الحضور لا يتطلب الحجز المسبق

ان الإجتماع مفتوح لوسائل الإعلام

 


 

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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.