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Israel Idonije

Israel Idonije, O. M. is a retired Nigerian-Canadian defensive end in actor. Idonije was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Manitoba. A draft pick of the now defunct Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League, for whom he never played a game, Idonije spent the start of the 2003 season on the Browns' practice squad prior to his release in September, he was subsequently signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad for the final six weeks of the season. He has played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, New York Giants. Idonije was born in Lagos and immigrated with his family to Brandon, Canada, when he was four years old, he attended Vincent Massey High School in Brandon and, though he had never played football and was reluctant, coach Kevin Grindey convinced him to play when the school restarted its Canadian football program in 1997, when Idonije was a senior in high school. He went on to play CIS football for the Manitoba Bisons. During this time he worked as a daycare teacher in Winnipeg, played in the East-West Shrine Game, was drafted 17th overall by the Ottawa Renegades in the 2003 CFL Draft.

At Manitoba from 2000 -- 02, Idonije recorded 16 sacks. He helped lead the Bison to the 2001 Vanier Cup where Manitoba was defeated by the Saint Mary's Huskies. In 2002, Idonije was named 2002 Manitoba Male Athlete of the Year, his goal, was to play in the National Football League. Idonije was not invited to the NFL Combine, but appeared on his own to distribute tapes of his years at University of Manitoba. Nine NFL team scouts were scheduled to attend a subsequent workout in Manitoba, but only one team, ended up attending due to the SARS outbreak concerns at the time; as a rookie in 2003, Idonije was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent, put on Cleveland's practice squad. He was waived by the Browns midway through the season. Idonije was obtained by the Chicago Bears as a practice squad player late in the 2003 season and made the final roster the following year. Idonije played gunner on the punt coverage team. In 2006, Idonije became a restricted free agent and the Buffalo Bills attempted to sign him, but the Bears retained him by matching their offer.

During the 2007 NFL Season, Idonije had three consecutive games with a blocked field goal or extra point. In 2008, Idonije set career highs in sacks and passes defenced. In May 2009, signed a two-year, $7 million contract extension with the Bears. On December 30, 2009 Idonije was placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury. In 2010, week 5 at the Carolina Panthers, Idonije recorded 3 sacks. In 2011, in week 15 against the Seattle Seahawks, Idonije scored his first NFL touchdown after a fumble recovery in the end zone after Tarvaris Jackson had the ball stripped by Julius Peppers. With the drafting of Shea McClellin in 2012, Idonije was moved to defensive tackle. In the second game of the preseason against the Washington Redskins, Idonije recorded 2½ sacks on rookie and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Idonije would once again record 2½ sacks in week three against the St. Louis Rams. Idonije ended the season with 40 tackles, 7.5 sacks, a forced fumble, he was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team.

On June 25, 2013, Idonije signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. Idonije recorded half a sack during the 2013 season. On March 18, 2014, Idonije signed a one-year deal to return to the Bears; the Bears released him on June 19, 2014. Idonije signed with the New York Giants on August 5, 2014, he was released on August 30, 2014. Idonije revealed his new comic, The Protectors, at its soft launch during the New York Comic Con in October 2012, he came up with the idea at the Chicago Bears training camp in 2007. The Protectors, set in the future, is based around a group of super athletes who learn they are blessed with super powers that help protect humanity. Idonije brought on artist Bart Sears to complete the project. Idonije will be publishing the comic through Athleta Comics. Athleta Comics is part of Athleta Entertainment; the Protectors issue #0 made its debut at C2E2 in Chicago, April 26–28, 2013. Issue #1 is scheduled to come out in September 2013. Idonije created Sports Heroes' showcasing athletes through comic artistry, Athlitacomics became an NFLPA licensee.

Sports Heroes can be found on the first of its kind consumable NFLPI licensed product. Idonije launched his DreamKidz Love book series to promote social and emotional awareness for children, his first book "I Love Me was released on Amazon on January 24, 2017. Prior to the 2018 NFL season and Athlitacomics formed a partnership with the Bears to create a "Monsters of the Midway" comic universe to promote the Bears' 2018 schedule. Idonije along with serial entrepreneur, Prakash Chand founded medical question and answer service Ask The Doctor A portal allowing anyone, anywhere immediate access to a doctor. Idonije and Ask The Doctor announced a scholarship fund for students entering 1st year of an accredited American or Canadian college or university, or exceptional high school graduates or high school drop outs looking to start a digital health company. Idonije established iF Charities known as the Israel Idonije Foundation in 2007, it is a registered 5013 non-profit organization. Its mission statement reads: "iF Charities is committed to impacting underserved communities by providing programs focused on social and emotional life skills."

It serves communities in Chicago and West Africa - all the places Idonije has called home. IF Charities offers seve

Annunciation Melkite Catholic Cathedral

Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, is a modern cathedral inspired by Byzantine architecture. It is the principal church of the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, which encompasses the entire United States, the seat of its hierarch Bishop Nicholas Samra, the parish church of the Melkite Greek Catholic community in Greater Boston, its present structure and its status as a cathedral date to 1966. In the 1890s, Christians from Syria and the Levant emigrated to the United States in search of better economic opportunities and to escape Ottoman rule in their homelands. Among the immigrants were Melkite Greek Catholics. Boston was among the northeastern cities in which the Melkites settled, attracted to it by opportunities in the city's garment district; the majority of the Melkite immigrants to Boston, elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts, hailed from in and around Zahlé in the Levant. As was typical in that era, they were soon joined by a priest dispatched from the region in which they originated.

Thus, Father Joseph Simon, a hieromonk of the Basilian Salvatorian Order, which had responsibility for many of the parishes in Zahle, arrived in 1896. However, he remained only in Boston, moving on to settle in Lawrence, where the Melkites were more populous than in Boston. Although both he and his Basilian successors, Father Philip Batal and Archimandrite Basil Nahas, periodically ministered to those in Boston, the community was anxious to have its own church and a permanently assigned priest. Since there was no Melkite hierarch in the United States at the time, they petitioned John Williams, Catholic Archbishop of Boston, who had canonical jurisdiction of them, to address their pastoral needs; the Archbishop, was unconvinced that their numbers were sufficient to support a priest or church and declined to act on the request. A decade after Father Simon's arrival, the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Zahle Cyril Moghabghab conducted a pastoral visit to the emigrant communities of North and South America, including that at Boston.

Meeting with Coadjutor Archbishop William O'Connell, he obtained agreement that the Melkite congregation would be afforded a church as soon as O'Connell succeeded to the episcopal throne of Boston. Two years in 1908, Archbishop O'Connell approved the purchase of a commercial structure at 178 Harrison Avenue in the South End of Boston, the neighborhood in which the majority of Melkites resided; the building required remodeling to be suitable for worship. A photograph taken subsequent to the renovations shows a rudimentary iconostasis, absent doors, suggesting that its interior had only superficial resemblance to the traditional styling of Byzantine churches; this was common in a time when such church furnishings were omitted from Eastern Catholic churches, as they were foreign to the predominant Latin Catholics, the majority of whom were unaware of their religious significance to their Eastern counterparts. The church was titled as Our Lady of the Annunciation Syrian Catholic Church and the Divine Liturgy was first served there in November 1908, although the building and its altar were not formally dedicated until June 27, 1910.

Archimandrite Nicholas Ghannam, BSO, Superior of the Salvatorian monastic community in Zahlé prior to arriving in Boston, was named as its first pastor. He served in that role, assisted by his brother, Father Athanasius Ghannam, BSO, for the next seventeen years, he was succeeded in 1925 by Father Peter Abouzeid, BSO. During the latter's eight-year tenure the mortgage was retired and both church and rectory were remodeled; the existing building was inadequate to house a congregation that had grown in numbers, as Melkites relocated to the city, perceiving that employment opportunities were more plentiful in the urban setting than elsewhere. Despite this perceived need, the economic crisis in the aftermath of the 1929 Stock Market Crash precluded taking any action on the matter. In 1933, Father Abouzeid was transferred to Lawrence and replaced by Archimandrite Flavian Zahar, BSO; the new pastor was frustrated in his desire to build a replacement church by the financial constraints of a post-Depression economy and, subsequently, by entry of the United States into World War II.

A vacant Protestant church on nearby Warren Avenue, at the corner of West Canton Street, offered a viable solution to wartime restrictions on non-essential civilian construction and the parish purchased it. The new church was renovated and dedicated on May 3, 1942. Photographs of its interior show a high altar at the rear of the sanctuary, an altar railing; the Latinized appearance offers no suggestion that the parish was anything other than a typical Catholic church. The failure to employ traditional forms of Byzantine church architecture and furnishings was reflective of prevailing attitudes that Eastern Catholics in the diaspora should conform to the styles and customs of their Latin Catholic counterparts. Parishioners were generous in meeting the parish's financial needs and celebrated by burning the mortgage on the new church only three years after its purchase. However, a few months they mourned the death of Archimandrite Zahar, who had led them in achieving the goal of a new church. Father Beshara Thalage, BSO, administered the parish until Protosyncellos Eftimios Saba, BSO, was named as its fourth pastor in the early months of 1946.

Like his predecessors, Father Saba had a distinguished b