March For Life 2023

Every year, a group from our diocese heads down to Washington D.C. to attend the annual March for Life, and this year was no different! The trip was led by His Excellency, Bishop Francis Kalabat, Fr. Rodney Abasso, Fr. Perrin Atisha, Fr. John Jaddou, and Fr. Marcus Shammami, along with a handful of faithful from our diocese. Along with many others, the group peacefully prayed and protested for the lives of the unborn children and also celebrated that we now live in a Post-Roe America.

On Thursday, January 19, Bishop Francis celebrated Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. On Friday, January 20, Mass was celebrated at St. Dominic Catholic Church before the group joined thousands for the March. On Saturday, January 21, His Excellency, along with Fr. Rodney Abasso and Fr. Perrin Atisha, celebrated one final mass in the crypt chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

We ask Mother Mary to intercede on behalf of all the unborn children; let us continue to pray for an end to abortion everywhere!

To see photos from the March, please click the link below:

Meditation on Yesterday’s Election Results From 1 Peter 2:9-17

1 Peter 2:9-17

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were no people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I beg you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war against your soul. Maintain good conduct among the Gentiles, so that in case they speak against you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. 

Honor the emperor.

Bishop Message Regarding Proposal 3

Today, we are saddened by the passing of Proposal 3. My heart mourns for the families, and in particular, the children that will be affected by this new constitutional amendment. While this new amendment brings many doubts and uncertainties, the church remains a home. It is a home for the most vulnerable. For any woman or man who feels they have nowhere to go. The doors of the Church are open to all. As your Shepherd I am here with a compassionate heart, and so are the priests at your various parishes. We are Fathers who want to bring the love of the Father and Jesus into the most difficult situations. As a Church we must never tire of being there for the most vulnerable, so let us continue to work as one church and one community. Finally, many may question if their prayers were heard. God hears us and does not abandon us, but he also allows free will to remain. God is still guiding us and gracing us to help us fight against this culture of death. Our hope is in the Lord! May God bless you. May he bless this entire state.

Message from Bishop Francis Kalabat regarding Fr. Bashar Sitto

A Message from Bishop Francis Kalabat

October 26, 2022

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with a heavy heart that I accept the decision of Father Bashar Sitto to leave active ministry and to no longer serve as a priest. Father Sitto has been dispensed by His Holiness Pope Francis from the obligations of priesthood and celibacy.

God has a plan for each and every one of us, and while sometimes we may not know or understand His plan, we must accept and embrace it. Please pray for him.

On behalf of the Chaldean Diocese, we are all grateful for the ministry of Fr. Bashar during his time as a priest and for all that he has contributed to our Church.

Please continue to pray for all our clergy, seminarians, and all those discerning priesthood and religious life.

May God continue to bless you always.

Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat

St. Thomas the Apostle
Chaldean Catholic Eparchy, U.S.A.

ألإخوة والأخوات ألأعزاء

بقلب منكسر قد وافقتُ على قرار اتخذه الاب بشار ستو بالترك الفعلي للكهنوت، وانه سوف لن يمارس الخدمة الكهنوتية بعد الآن. ان الاب بشار ستو قد أُعْفِيَ وَحُلَّ من قبل قداسة البابا فرنسيس من كل التزاماته الكهنوتية والبتولية.

ان الله له مخطط لكل واحد منا، وأحيانا قد لا نعرف ما هو مخطط الله لنا، لذا فعلينا ان نتقبله بسرور، فلنصلي من أجله.

نيابة عن الأبرشية الكلدانية: انني أشكر الاب بشار على ما قدمه من الخدمات الروحية خلال مسيرته ككاهن، وعن كل ما قدمه لكنيستنا.

رجائي هو ان تستمروا في الصلاة من اجل جميع الاكليروس، تلامذة وكهنة ومكرسين.

ليبارككم الرب دائما


مار فرنسيس قلابات

مطران ابرشية مار توما الرسول للكلدان الكاثوليك في اميركا

Mar Eliya Retreat Center Mass and Blessing

Bishop Francis Kalabat and the Chaldean Diocese are excited to announce that they have acquired a new retreat center. This new center will play a very important role in the future of our church for generations to come. 

The retreat center is named after Elijah, a prophet from the Old Testament, who was known for upholding the word of God and doing great miracles in God’s name. He was known to be a man who displayed tremendous faith and courage throughout his life. 

Bishop Francis Kalabat invites all faithful to join him at the retreat center for prayers, mass, and the blessing of the center, which will officially be given the name of Mar Eliya Retreat Center. This event will take place on Friday, October 28th, 2022 at 3:00 PM, at 751 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI 48371. On this day, the Chaldean Church celebrates the memorial of Elijah the prophet. A fitting day for the blessing ceremony.

**A very big thank you to the Boji Family for making this possible. Your gift will last for many generations and you are in our prayers! ** 

ان المطرانية الكلدانية ومار فرنسيس قلابات يسرهم ان يعلنوا بانهم قد حصلوا على مركز جديد للرياضات الروحية، ان هذا المركز سيلعب دورا مهما في مستقبل كنيستنا لأجيال قادمة.

ان مركز الرياضات قد اعطي اسم مار ايليا، احد انبياء العهد القديموقد عرف عنه انه يحمل كلمة الله وقد اجرى معجزات باسم الله. كان يعرف ايضا انه الرجل الذي نشر عظيم الايمان والشجاعة في حياته.

المطران فرنسيس قلابات يدعو جميع المرمنين لمشاركته في مركز الرياضات الروحية في الصلاة والقداس وتبريك المركز. المركز الذي رسميا سيدعى: مركز مار ايليا للرياضات الروحية، ان هذا الاحتفال سيكون يوم الجمعة المصادف الثامن والعشرين من شهر تشرين الاول الجاري، وفي مثل هذا اليوم تحتفل الكنيسة الكلدانية بتذكار مار ايليا النبي.

لا يسعنا الا ان نقدم جزيل شكرنا لعائلة بوجي التي جاهدت من اجل تحقيق هذا المنجز. ونؤكد بان هديتكم هذه ستبقى تذكرها اجيال عديدة، وانكم دوما في صلواتنا.

عنوان المركز: 751 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI 48371

Chaldean Language and Taqsa Classes Fall 2022

For First graders interested in reading and writing Chaldean (Aramaic), Language class will be held at Sacred Heart church, 30590, Dequindre Rd. Warren, 48092. (S of 13 mile rd.) To register please report to Shamasha Samir on the location before Nov. 7th at 6:00 P.M.  For Second graders, reading and writing Chaldean (Aramaic) language class will be held at Sacred Heart church, 30590, Dequindre Rd. Warren, 48092. To register please report to Shamasha Yousep in the same location before Nov. 7th at 6:00 P.M.


The next Shamashe/Shamashyatha preparation course will be starting on Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at 6:00 P.M., at Holy Martyrs Church, Room #11. It will include various hymns from Taqsa, Slotha D-Sapra (Morning prayers) and Christmas Ramsha (Evening prayers). This class is for Arabic, English, and Chaldean mass Shamashe. Reading Aramaic is not a requirement. The material will be available in both Aramaic as well as English transliteration. Please contact Shamasha Kais Younan with any questions. To register, text him your name, phone number, address, and email to (248-217-9064). His email is: [email protected]. You also can email us at: [email protected]


دورة تعليم اللغة الآرامية والطقس لخريف 2022

1 ـ لمن يرغب تعلم اللغة الآرامية من الجدد، الحضور الى كنيسة القلب الاقدس الواقعة على شارع دكوندر بين الميلين 12 ـ 13. والتسجيل عند الشماس سمير، في نفس الموقع، في الساعة السادسة مساء. وآخر موعد للتسجيل بالنسبة للجدد يكون 7/ تشرين الثاني/ 2022 

2 ـ أما القدامى ممن يرغب الاستمرار بتعلم قراءة وكتابة اللغة الآرامية ستكون الدروس ايضا في قاعات كنيسة القلب الاقدس الواقعة على شارع دكوندر بين الميلين 12 ـ 13. وآخر موعد للتسجيل بالنسبة للجدد يكون 7/ تشرين الثاني/ 2022  في الساعة السادسة مساء. والتسجيل يكون في نفس الموقع عند الشماس يوسف.

3 ـ ستبدأ الدورة القادمة لتهيأة الشمامسة والشماسات يوم الخميس  12/ كانون الثاني/ 2023 الساعة السادسة مساء في كنيسة الشهداء في الغرفة رقم 11. وستتضمن الألحان الطقسية وصلاة الرمش والصباح، ورمش عيد الميلاد. الدورة تشمل ايضا للمشتركين في القداس الكلداني والعربي والانكليزي.

المعرفة بقراءة اللغة الكلدانية غير مطلوبة، فاللوازم المطلوبة ستكون متوفرة  لدروس اللغة والطقس لدى المعلمين، أيضا المواد الطلوبة مع الشماس قيس ستكون بحرف كلداني وعربي وانكليزي وقراءة آرامية.

للمزيد من المعلومات والاستفسارات يرجى الاتصال بالشماس قيس يونان وكذلك للتسجيل في درس الطقس

(الألحان). على الهاتف: 248- 217- 9064       Email; [email protected] 

Fr. Andrew Seba

His Excellency, Bishop Francis Kalabat, has approved Fr. Andrew Seba’s request for a six month sabbatical. A sabbatical is a time away from ordinary routine in order to reflect and renew. Fr. Seba will reside in Jerusalem during his sabbatical, living and working with a religious order that serves a community of special needs. This will take effect on October 24th. Please keep him and all priests in your prayers.