Ashur Andrius Soro was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, on March 3, 1954 and raised in Baghdad. In 1973, Ashur entered the Assyrian Seminary in Baghdad, but a year later left with his family to immigrate to Australia, through Lebanon. Due to the civil war in Lebanon, in April 1976, he instead settled in Chicago, IL (USA) while his family immigrated to Australia. In 1979, he rejoined a local Assyrian clergy formation house in Chicago undergoing mentoring and priestly preparation with several Assyrian clerics. On February 21, 1982, he was ordained a priest for Saint Mary’s Assyrian Church in Toronto (Canada). On October 11, 1984, Father Ashur Soro was elected a bishop by the Assyrian Holy Synod to head a newly established Diocese of Western United States in San Jose, California. On October 21, 1984, he was consecrated Bishop Bawai (Ashur) Soro.
After more than 20 years of episcopal ministry in the Assyrian Church, in March 2006, Bishop Bawai sought full-communion with Pope Benedict XVI. On May 11, 2008, Bishop Soro and dozens of his clergy along with nearly 3,000 faithful joined the Chaldean Catholic Church, in accordance to canons 896-901 of the Oriental Code of Canons. In June 2013, the Chaldean Synod voted to accept Bishop Bawai as member in the Chaldean Holy Synod and on January 11, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him “Titular Bishop of Foraziana” in the pastoral service of the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle, San Diego.
Education: MA in Systematic Theology, Catholic University of America (1991); Doctorate in Sacred Theology, St. Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University (Angelicum) in Rome (2002).
Pastoral Services: (in the Assyrian Church of the East) Parish priest in Toronto (1982 to 1984); diocesan bishop (1984 to 2005). (in the Chaldean Catholic Church) assisting in the pastoral service of Saint Peter Chaldean Eparch (2014 to 2017).
Ecumenical Ministry: Ecumenical Officer of the Assyrian Patriarchate (1984-2005). Co-Secretary of the Mixed Committee for Theological Dialogue between Roman Catholic Church and Assyrian Church of the East (1984-2004); Member in the Central Committee of World Council of Churches (1984-1991) and Co-Chairman of “Pro Oriente Syriac Commission” (1994 – 2005), and other ecumenical tasks.