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Changing of the Board Seminary gains three new trustees as two trustees end their praiseworthy service. T he Trustee Development Committee of the Board of Trustees at the April board meeting presented three new candidates for service on the board—and all of them were approved. The newest members of Sacred Heart’s Board of Trustees are Bishop Francis Kalabat, Fr. J.J. Mech, and Mr. Patrick O’Brien. 24 Bishop Francis Kalabat heads the Chaldean Eparchy (Diocese) of St. Thomas the Apostle. The eparchy encompasses the eastern half of the United States, with 150,000 Chaldean Catholics residing in Metro Detroit. Seminarians from the eparchy, located in Southfield, Michigan, have received their educational formation at Sacred Heart since 1986. Currently, twelve Chaldean seminarians attend the seminary. Bishop Kalabat is a seminary alumnus, Class of 1995. Bishop Kalabat is a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of Chaldean Christians in Iraq, which is the cradle of the worldwide Chaldean Catholic Church. Fr. J.J. Mech serves as the rector of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, which is the episcopal seat of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Before assuming his duties as rector in August 2015, Father Mech was pastor of St. Anastasia Parish in Troy, Michigan. He also serves as pastor of the local chapter of the Patron of the Arts in the Vatican Museum, a worldwide organization dedicated to preserving the artistic treasures housed in the Vatican Museums. Father Mech has been pastor and associate pastor of three archdiocesan parishes since graduating from Sacred Heart in 1995. As president and CEO of FAITH Catholic, Mr. Patrick O’Brien heads one of the leading Catholic media companies in the U.S. FAITH Catholic is a non-profit outreach of the Diocese of Lansing. It publishes forty-one print periodicals, thirty-five digital publications, manages twenty-seven websites, produces a weekly television program, and produces almost two hundred products that build up the faith of Catholics. Mr. O’Brien is a member of the board of trustees of Catholic TV, a broadcast network that produces Catholic programming for cable television. “We are blessed to welcome these three new members to the board of trustees.” Monsigor Lajiness says. “Each one will bring a unique set of talents and experience, as well as a deep passion for our mission.” Two longtime board members were honored for their years of contributions at their final board meeting in April. Msgr. John Zenz, pastor of Holy Name Parish in Birmingham, has helped set the direction of Sacred Heart since becoming an ex-officio member in 1990. The Hon. Michael Talbot, chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, has served on the seminary board since 2008. Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Fall 2016