Ashur Soro

Bawai (Ashur) Soro has dedicated more than three decades to his career as a Christian pastoral leader. Ordained in 1982, he served as a parish priest at the Assyrian Church of the East in Toronto, Canada, for three years. Subsequently, Father Ashur Soro relocated to San Jose, California, where he was appointed bishop of the Western United States and maintained concurrent responsibilities as an ecumenical officer with the patriarchate.

Bishop Bawai Soro and thousands of his parishioners joined with the Chaldean Catholic community of the Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle of San Diego in 2008. Since this reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church, he has offered religious guidance and services to over 60,000 Chaldean and Assyrian Catholics across 10 parishes. For Bishop Soro’s dedicated service to his diocese, the Chaldean Synod of Bishops in 2013 accepted him a member of the Chaldean Patriarchal Synod. In return, in early 2014 Pope Francis appointed Bishop Soro to the Titular See of Foraziana, in the service of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle, in San Diego, CA, USA.

In his spare time, Bishop Soro pursues a wide range of hobbies, including reading, watching feature films, traveling across the United States, and cooking Middle Eastern dishes. He also enjoys playing volleyball and watching soccer.

Bishop Soro holds a master's degree in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and a doctoral degree from the Saint Thomas Pontifical University (Angelicum) in Rome.