Thanks, gratitude, and congratulations to our dear Bishops H.E. Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo and H.E. Mar Bawai Soro. Our Church Unity is now Reality.

What a blessing it has been to witness H.E. Bishop Mar Bawai Soro appointed as Bishop in our Chaldean Catholic Church! Here at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ceres-CA, we, the Choir/Daughters of Charity Ministry, have supported Bishop Bawai Soro for years and we will continue doing so along with many others. We stood by his side as he endured hardship trying to bring Unity to the Church. Today we see the fruit of years long hard work in achieving Church Unity blessed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as he, on 01/11/2014, “assigned the titular see of Foraziana to Mar Bawai Soro, in pastoral service in our Chaldean Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego, CA, USA.” ( Thank you our Holy Father.

We owe our greatest thanks and gratitude to our Lord Jesus Christ Who never leaves His true servants alone. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

We would also like to extend our special gratitude and thanks to our dear Bishop H.E. Mar Sarhad Y. Jammo, as well as many others, for standing unwaveringly besides Bishop Bawai Soro throughout the years; they worked diligently and supported Bishop Bawai Soro and all of us who joined him in his ongoing journey.

In his speech during our jubilant gathering at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Turlock-Ca, as we celebrated this great news on Saturday 01/18/2014, Bishop Bawai Soro told us these are the three things that helped him all these years in his thorny journey working towards our Church Unity: Patience, Love, and Forgiveness. Indeed in his sermons and speeches through the years Bishop Bawai Soro consistently teaches us to be patient, to love those who persecute us, and forgive our brothers and sisters despite of indifference in beliefs and opinions. Our dear Bishops, Mar Sarhad and Mar Bawai, continue teaching us to love our enemies and live in peace with them. Unity and Love is what our Lord Jesus is ALL ABOUT.

We joyfully congratulate Bishop Bawai Soro for his acceptance as Bishop into our Chaldean Catholic Church. We offer our congratulations as well to our dear Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo. May God bless you both on your ongoing journey as you continue to humbly and unselfishly serve our Lord and His flock.

The Choir/Daughters of Charity Ministry
St. Matthew Catholic Church