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'''Bishop Karas''' (born '''Sorial Ayad Sorial''') was the first [[bishop]] of the [[Coptic Orthodox Church]] in the United States and the first [[abbot]] of the church's first [[monastery]] outside of [[Egypt]].
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|'''Born:'''||17 January 1955
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|'''Ordination of Monasticism:'''||14 November 1981
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|'''Ordained Monk-Priest:'''||14 July 1984
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|'''Elevated to Hegumen:'''||25 May 1989
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|'''Attended University:'''||[[University of Khartoum]]
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|'''Ordained Bishop:'''||6 June 1993
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|'''Diagnosed With Cancer:'''||May 1998
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|'''Death:'''||17 January 2002
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'''Bishop Karas''' (born '''Sorial Ayad Sorial''') was the first [[bishop]] of the [[Coptic Orthodox Church]] in the [[United States]] and the first [[abbot]] of the church's first [[monastery]] outside of [[Egypt]].
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Sorial Ayad Sorial was born on 17 January 1955, in the [[Sudan]]. At a young age Sorial showed great love for God and this is because of his Orthodox upbringing. After Sorial finished his [[bachelor's degree]] in [[chemical engineering]] from the [[University of Khartoum]], he left to [[France]] to pursue a [[doctorate]] at the [[University of Toulouse]].
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Sorial Ayad Sorial was born on [[January 17]], 1955, in the [[Sudan]]. At a young age Sorial showed great love for God and this is because of his Orthodox upbringing. After Sorial finished his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Khartoum, he left to France to pursue a doctorate at the University of Toulouse.
 
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On 18 January 1981, he attempted to enter [[St. Bishoy Monastery]] but was stopped by the Abbot, His Grace Bishop Sarabamoun, who told him to return to France to continue his education. Sorial replied, “No one, having put his hand on the plough can look back.” ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 9:62) The Abbot then allowed him to enter. On November 14, 1981, Sorial was ordained a Monk and given the name Father Karas. [[Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria|Pope Shenouda III]] [[ordination|ordained]] him as a [[priest]] on 14 February 1984, and assigned him to head the Papal Center in St. Bishoy Monastery. On 23 May 1989 Pope Shenouda elevated Father Karas to [[Hegumen]].
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Hegumen Karas was appointed to head the new Monastery of St. Antony the Great in [[Newberry Springs]], [[California]] (near [[Barstow, California]]) on 26 September 1989.
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On [[January 18]], 1981, he attempted to enter [[St. Bishoy Monastery]] but was stopped by the Abbot, His Grace Bishop Sarabamoun, who told him to return to France to continue his education. Sorial replied, “No one, having put his hand on the plough can look back.” ([[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 9:62) The Abbot then allowed him to enter. On [[November 14]], 1981, Sorial was tonsure]]d a [[monk]] and given the name Father Karas. [[Shenouda III (Gayyid) of Alexandria|Pope Shenouda III]] [[ordination|ordained]] him as a [[priest]] on [[February 14]], 1984, and assigned him to head the Papal Center in St. Bishoy Monastery. On [[May 23]], 1989 Pope Shenouda elevated Father Karas to [[Hegumen]].
  
The Bishops and [[Metropolitan bishop|Metropolitan]]s of the [[Holy Synod]] of the Coptic Orthodox Church unanimously agreed to the elevation of Father Karas as Bishop and Abbot in recognition of the monastery's prosperity; he was consecrated as a bishop on 6 July 1993, by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.
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Hegumen Karas was appointed to head the new Monastery of St. Antony the Great in Newberry Springs, California (near Barstow, California) on [[September 26]], 1989.
  
In 1998, Bishop Karas was diagnosed with [[lung cancer]] and was given nine months to live. The bishop continued to celebrate the [[Divine Liturgy]], followed the regular [[fasting|fast]] schedule and lived a strict ascetic life. He met daily with visitors, even though he was receiving a [[chemotherapy]] treatment. On 10 January 2002, Bishop Karas suffered a [[stroke]] and fell into a coma; he died in the early morning of January 17, the day before what would have been his 47th birthday.
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The Bishops and [[Metropolitan]]s of the [[Holy Synod]] of the Coptic Orthodox Church unanimously agreed to the elevation of Father Karas as Bishop and Abbot in recognition of the monastery's prosperity. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] as a bishop on [[July 6]], 1993, by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.
  
== Pictures of Bishop Karas ==
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In 1998, Bishop Karas was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given nine months to live. The bishop continued to celebrate the [[Divine Liturgy]], followed the regular [[fasting|fast]] schedule and lived a strict ascetic life. He met daily with visitors, even though he was receiving a chemotherapy treatment. On [[January 10]], 2002, Bishop Karas suffered a stroke and fell into a coma; he died in the early morning of [[January 17]], the day before what would have been his 47th birthday.
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Image:HgSmile.jpg| Bishop Karas as bishop of the monastery of St. Antony the Great.
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<!--Image:BlessingHG.jpg| Pope Shenouda blessing Bishop Karas with Holy Oil during his illness.-->
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Image:SorialSmiling.jpg|Sorial at Comboni Catholic School.
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States]]
*[[Copt]]s
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*[[w:Copt]]s
*[[Coptic alphabet]]
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*[[w:Coptic alphabet]]
 
*[[Coptic calendar]]
 
*[[Coptic calendar]]
 
*[[Coptic iconography]]
 
*[[Coptic iconography]]
*[[Coptic language]]
 
*[[Coptic music]]
 
*[[Coptic abstinence]]
 
*[[Coptic Orphans]]
 
 
*[[List of Patriarchs of Alexandria]] – prior to Chalcedon
 
*[[List of Patriarchs of Alexandria]] – prior to Chalcedon
 
*[[List of Coptic Orthodox Popes of Alexandria]] - after Chalcedon
 
*[[List of Coptic Orthodox Popes of Alexandria]] - after Chalcedon
 
*[[Patriarch of Alexandria]]
 
*[[Patriarch of Alexandria]]
*[[Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria]]
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*[[Shenouda III (Gayyid) of Alexandria|Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria]]
 
*[[The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria]]
 
*[[The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria]]
 
*[[Oriental Orthodoxy]]
 
*[[Oriental Orthodoxy]]
*[[Eastern Orthodoxy]]
 
*[[Eastern Orthodox Church of Alexandria]]
 
 
*[[British Orthodox Church]]
 
*[[British Orthodox Church]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia]]
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*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in Europe]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in South America]]
 
*[[Coptic Orthodox Church in South America]]
*[[Egypt]]
 
 
*[[The French Coptic Orthodox Church]]
 
*[[The French Coptic Orthodox Church]]
  
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*[http://www.stantonymonastery.org/bishopkaras/index.asp Different stories and miracles from the Honored Bishop Anba Karas] Monastery Where Bishop Karas was the Abbot
 
*[http://www.stantonymonastery.org/bishopkaras/index.asp Different stories and miracles from the Honored Bishop Anba Karas] Monastery Where Bishop Karas was the Abbot
  
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Latest revision as of 12:23, June 6, 2012

Bishop Karas (born Sorial Ayad Sorial) was the first bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States and the first abbot of the church's first monastery outside of Egypt.

Biography

Sorial Ayad Sorial was born on January 17, 1955, in the Sudan. At a young age Sorial showed great love for God and this is because of his Orthodox upbringing. After Sorial finished his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Khartoum, he left to France to pursue a doctorate at the University of Toulouse.

On January 18, 1981, he attempted to enter St. Bishoy Monastery but was stopped by the Abbot, His Grace Bishop Sarabamoun, who told him to return to France to continue his education. Sorial replied, “No one, having put his hand on the plough can look back.” (Luke 9:62) The Abbot then allowed him to enter. On November 14, 1981, Sorial was tonsure]]d a monk and given the name Father Karas. Pope Shenouda III ordained him as a priest on February 14, 1984, and assigned him to head the Papal Center in St. Bishoy Monastery. On May 23, 1989 Pope Shenouda elevated Father Karas to Hegumen.

Hegumen Karas was appointed to head the new Monastery of St. Antony the Great in Newberry Springs, California (near Barstow, California) on September 26, 1989.

The Bishops and Metropolitans of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church unanimously agreed to the elevation of Father Karas as Bishop and Abbot in recognition of the monastery's prosperity. He was consecrated as a bishop on July 6, 1993, by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.

In 1998, Bishop Karas was diagnosed with lung cancer and was given nine months to live. The bishop continued to celebrate the Divine Liturgy, followed the regular fast schedule and lived a strict ascetic life. He met daily with visitors, even though he was receiving a chemotherapy treatment. On January 10, 2002, Bishop Karas suffered a stroke and fell into a coma; he died in the early morning of January 17, the day before what would have been his 47th birthday.

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