Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel was born on 14 July 1948 in Tchela Claka, nearHarar in Ethiopia. He studied at the Makanissa Major Seminary and entered in theCongregation of the Mission He was ordained Catholic priest on 4 July 1976, and he earned a degree in sociology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
In 1990 Berhaneyesus Souraphiel became Provincial superior of the Lazarists in Addis Abeba. In 1994 he was appointed as Prefect of the Apostolic Vicariate of Jimma-Bonga. On 7 November 1997 he was chosen as auxiliary bishop of Addis Abeba and was consecrated bishop on 25 January 1998 by Cardinal Paulos Tzadua. On 7 July 1999 he succeeded to Cardinal Paulos Tzadua as Ethiopian Catholic Archbishop of Addis Abeba.
He is also the Chairman of the Association of Members Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). He was elected as the chairman of AMECEA during the 18th Plenary Assembly in Malawi in July, 2014.
Listen to a YouTube interview where he explains how money is being used to entice conversions to Islam
He recently visited and received an honorary degree from Niagara University in the United States.