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Epiphany -January 16, 2022

‘There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit’ 1 Cor 12:4

Vanessa encourages us to find us to find out what are charism are and watch out for the enemy. Bishop Francis Kalabat returns for a lively conversation. Fr. John Riccardo talks all things Mary.

Bishop Francis Kalabat

Bishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church in the United States and serves the over 150,000 Chaldo-Assyrians in the Detroit area.

He began undergraduate (philosophy) studies at the University of San Diego‘s Saint Francis de Sales Center for Priestly Formation, in San Diego County, California. Subsequently, he began the requisite graduate theological training for the Chaldean Catholic priesthood at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, in Detroit, Michigan. Ordained a priest on July 5, 1995, he was appointed Parochial Vicar (Associate Pastor) of Mother of God Church in Southfield, Michigan, the city where the Eparchy has its cathedral. Since 2001, Eparch Kalabat has been Pastor of Saint Thomas Church in West Bloomfield, Director of Vocations for the Eparchy, and has been involved with the Center for Re-Evangelization. He speaks Arabic, English and Aramaic, and also knows Spanish. He received his episcopal ordination, and was installed as Eparch on June 14, 2014. On August 9, 2017, Pope Francis named Kalabat as administrator of Eparchy of Addai of Toronto.

Fr. John Riccardo

Fr. John Riccardo was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1996. He is the Founder and Executive Director of ACTS XXIX, a non-profit apostolate that exists to help get God’s world back by equipping clergy and lay leaders for the apostolic age in which we live. Fr. John served as a parish pastor for 15 years, most recently at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan where he was witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in a way that caught the attention of pastors around the country. Having ministered to nearly 600 priests across the nation, leading clergy convocations, priestly retreats and workshops in the first year, Fr. John and his team are passionate about the gospel and its power to transform lives and parishes. Most recently, Fr. John and his team wrote a white paper entitled, “Re-Imagining What a Catholic Parish Can Be: A Destination for the 21st Century.” He is the host of the podcast, “You Were Born for This with Fr. John Riccardo” and the radio program “Christ is the Answer.” Fr. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Gregorian University in Rome, and the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

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