The Role of the Vicar General in the Catholic Church

Ashur Soro

Ashur Soro

Ashur Soro has served as the titular bishop of Foraziana and a vicar general for the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle in El Cajon, California, since January 2014. As a vicar general, Ashur Soro is the principle representative of the Diocesan Bishop at parishes throughout his diocese.

Vicar generals rank directly below bishops in the overall hierarchy of the Catholic Church. These church leaders are mostly priests, but also bishops, who serve on behalf of the diocesan bishop to support both clergy and members of each parish. There are some restrictions on what vicar generals can do; the canon law of the Catholic Church assigns some specific tasks that are the sole responsibility of bishops.

Generally speaking, there is only one vicar general appointed for any Catholic diocese or archdiocese, and there are strict qualifications that individuals must meet in order to fill this role. The requirements include being 25 years old, being knowledgeable in canon law, and having no blood relationship with the bishop of their diocese.

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Human Development Campaign Targets the Cycle of Poverty

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Ashur Soro serves as the vicar general and Titular Bishop of Foraziana at Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Peter the Apostle, a California-based ministering establishment for Chaldean and Assyrian Catholics in the Western US. Additionally, Bishop Ashur Soro also maintains affiliation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which administers the Catholic Campaign for Human Rights Development.

The domestic anti-poverty program of the USCCB, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) focuses on carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ through services and assistance to the poor. It uses a collaborative approach to anti-poverty activities and operates on the concept that those affected by unjust systems and structures will offer the most promising insight toward change. Furthermore, the CCHD works to educate the general public on poverty and its causes.

CCDH works directly with people in low-income neighborhoods in order to break the cycle of poverty, and provides them with the agency to participate in the decisions affecting their lives, families, and communities. Funded groups offered by the program include the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching, which targets various aspects and causes of poverty. An annual parish collection helps support the program’s continued services, in addition to donations from generous Catholics throughout the US.

For more information about the CCHD, visit www.usccb.org/about/catholic-campaign-for-human-development.