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The Chaldean Connection Mary Kay McPartlin Since 1989, the Chaldean Catholic Church has entrusted its seminarians to Sacred Heart’s care—to the benefit of the entire seminary community. T hrough preparing Chaldean Catholic, as well as Roman Catholic, seminarians for the priesthood, Sacred Heart Major Seminary keeps connected two vital branches of the universal Catholic Church. The respect and affection between the seminary and the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle are mutual, and all who study at Sacred Heart are strengthened. “Not Ours but Beautiful” “One of the things the Chaldean community brings to us as a Latin Rite is a whole new perspective on the ancient traditions, the way in which the Church evangelized earlier on,” Sacred Heart’s rector, Msgr. Todd Lajiness, says. “We can see some liturgical and theological devotional aspects that may not be part of the Latin Rite, but are certainly a part of the richness of our whole Christian and Catholic tradition. “It’s not ours; it’s not Latin, but it’s beautiful.” The eastern-oriented Chaldean Rite Church and the western-oriented Latin Rite (or Roman Catholic) Church both are part of the corporate body of twenty-four Catholic churches worldwide that are in union with the pope, the bishop of Rome. “Latin Rite Catholics see the richness of the Church through us, from a broader sense,” says Bishop Francis Kalabat, head of the Chaldean Eparchy [Diocese] of St. Thomas the Apostle, located in Southfield, Michigan. Bishop Kalabat is also a Sacred Heart alumnus, Class of 1995. “The pope is our father,