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Motor City Wives Features Chaldean Cast Member
By Mary Esho :: Sunday, June 10, 2012 :: 70505 Views :: Article Rating :: 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. 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.