Date: September 21, 2014
Venue: Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
Description: Over $75,000 was raised for Chaldean seminarians in the Inaugural Stride for Seminarians event held Sunday, September 21 at the Detroit Zoo. The event drew over 1,100 community members and the outdoor pavilion was packed to celebrate mass presided by Bishop Francis.
They highlight of the day was clearly with setup at 6:00 am. It was dark, a little chilly, and then the rain came in – sideways. As we managed supplies and boxes upon boxes of donated items, shirts, etc, we braced ourselves for a brief moment when the monsoon came. Fr. Andrew Seba reminded us that rain comes from God, then led us in prayer. About fifteen minutes later the rain subsided, and nothing but love, pride, and community shined through. It was a beautiful way to end the summer.