Archbishop of Ethiopia Tours Niagara University, Receives President’s Medal

November 13, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

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    The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, presents the President's Medal to Archbishop Souraphiel during a ceremony held Nov. 12.

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    Father Maher and Archbishop Souraphiel.

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    Archbishop Souraphiel looks admiringly at NU's President's Medal as he prepares to offer remarks.

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    Father Maher thanks Archbishop Souraphiel for visiting Niagara University.

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    As part of his Niagara experience, Archbishop Souraphiel presided over afternoon Mass.

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    Archbishop Souraphiel was treated to a tour of the Niagara University campus, including the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences.

The Most Rev. Abune Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel, C.M., archbishop of Ethiopia, spent most of Tuesday, Nov. 12, on the campus of Niagara University.

During his time on Monteagle Ridge, Archbishop Souraphiel met with the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, as well as several other individuals from the university community, including administrators, faculty and students.

In the afternoon, the native Ethiopian presided over Mass, was presented with Niagara University’s highest honor, its President’s Medal, and also offered remarks on the state of the Catholic Church in his home country.

“It was an honor for the Niagara University community to welcome Archbishop Souraphiel, C.M., to our campus and Western New York,” stated Father Maher. “We embrace Archbishop Souraphiel in his role as a leader of the Roman Catholic Church and member of the Vincentian family. He represents a living witness to St. Vincent de Paul, transforming the church, the world and serving the people of Africa in his ministry though this witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

A native of Cheleleqa, Harar, Ethiopia, Archbishop Souraphiel was ordained as a Vincentian priest on July 4, 1976. He was consecrated as a bishop in 1998, and appointed archbishop in December 1999. During his ministry, Archbishop Souraphiel has written and has presented frequently on the topic of human trafficking.