His Grace Mar Awa Royel is the Bishop of the Diocese of California for the Assyrian Church of the East. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1999 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch, at the patriarchal cathedral of St. George, Chicago. His Grace Mar Awa was promoted to the rank of Cor-bishop on July 15, 2007 by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV at Chicago, and elected to episcopacy by the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East held in Dohuk, Iraq, in October of 2008. His Grace was promoted as Archdeacon on November 23, 2008 by His Holiness the Patriarch at Mar Yosip church, San Jose, California, and then consecrated to the episcopacy by His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch (assisted by prelate-members of the Holy Synod) at Mar Zaia Cathedral, Modesto, California on November 30, 2008. His Grace is currently the Secretary of the Holy Synod and the President of CIRED.