|Born:||18 January, 1955|
|Ordination of Monasticism:||14 November, 1981|
|Ordained Monk-Priest:||14 July, 1984|
|Elevated to Hegumen:||25 May, 1989|
|Attended University:||University of Khartoum|
|Ordained Bishop:||6 June, 1993|
|Diagnosed With Cancer:||May 1998|
|Death:||17 January, 2002|
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.” (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 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.
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 6 July, 1993, by His Holiness Pope Shenouda.
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 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.