-- Posted: 10/10/2003, 9:38 a.m. Central Time
-- Updated: 10/10/2003, 3:47 p.m. Central Time
New bishop to lead Green Bay Diocese
Pittsburgh Auxiliary Bishop David Zubik will succeed Bishop Robert Banks
By Tony Staley
Bishop David Zubik
by Bishop David A. Zubik
Appointment as Bishop
of Green Bay, WI
"For you I am a Bishop; with you I am a Christian. Being set above you fills me with alarm, whereas being with you gives me great comfort. Danger lies in the first; salvation in the second. How shall I repay the Lord for all the blessings he has given to me. I could say perhaps that I repay them by feeding His sheep, but even though I do this, it is not really I who do it but the grace of God within me." (St. Augustine, Sermon 340)
When I first learned that our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II appointed me as the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin, I quickly remembered the above words of Saint Augustine wherein he reflects on his call as a Bishop.
For as long as I can remember, even as a young boy, I had a deep desire to serve the Church. My wonderful parents, Susan and Stanley Zubik, introduced me to God and taught me to love him in and through the Church. Never did I imagine where service to God in the Church would take me. But wherever God takes me, I know that He generously gives me His grace.
Today I find myself deeply humbled by the Holy Father's appointment of me as the Bishop of Green Bay. First as I thank him for his trust, I once again promise him, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, my obedience, loyalty and respect. I am especially honored that this appointment is announced within the very week that Pope John Paul celebrates his 25th anniversary as our Universal Shepherd and successor to St. Peter.
I also owe a significant debt of gratitude to Bishop Donald Wuerl, Shepherd of the Church of Pittsburgh. Since his installation as Bishop of Pittsburgh nearly 16 years ago, he has trusted me much and taught me even more.
My thanks go to the faithful of Pittsburgh. It is a wonderful Church--very much alive in Christ, very loyal to the Holy Father. While I will miss this Church that has nurtured and nourished my faith throughout the 54 years of my life, the 28 years of my priesthood and the 6 years of my episcopacy, I now turn my heart to the faithful of Green Bay whom I now embrace with the love of Jesus Himself. I look forward to building on the dedicated service of my predecessors, especially Bishop Aloysius Wycislo, Adam Cardinal Maida and particularly Bishop Robert Banks. I am sure that you will well remember that Cardinal Maida was one of my brother priests in Pittsburgh.
As I beg the prayers and support of my family, friends, co-workers, and the faithful of Pittsburgh and Green Bay alike, I especially seek the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Christ and Mother of the Church. Just as she deeply sought to do God's will, so do I. Just as she received a special promise from God's messenger, so do I go forward trusting in that same promise "Nothing is Impossible with God."
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Auxiliary Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh
said he plans to get to know the people of his new diocese and to
promote spirituality and evangelization after he is installed on
Dec. 12 as the 11th Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese.
|NEW LEADER: Bishop David Zubik was introduced to diocesan employees and the media as the next bishop of Green Bay on Friday morning. (Tony Staley photo)
Bishop Zubik, who on Oct. 10 was named by Pope John Paul, made
the comments at separate sessions with diocesan employees and the
press shortly after the appointment was announced.
Bishop Zubik succeeds Bishop Robert Banks, who has served nearly
13 years in Green Bay. Bishop Banks had submitted his resignation
last Feb. 26 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for
Bishop Zubik said that in the first six months to a year in
Green Bay he plans to be "all over the place, visiting lots of
people, getting to know lots of people. One of the gifts I have is
being a really good listener and I really want to be able to listen
to what people have to say, what they have to tell me, so I can be
a good shepherd to the people here."
Although he has worked mainly in diocesan administration since
his ordination, Bishop Zubik said he could not do those things
"unless I had the freedom on weekends to go to parishes. And I
believe that going to parishes on weekends to help out has helped
me to become a better administrator.... You need to know that the
heart of my life is Christ the Good Shepherd. I approach things in
a very pastoral way."
|MEETING EMPLOYEES: Bishop David Zubik greets Terry Selissen of the Diocese of Green Bay finance office. (Tony Staley photo)
He identified four particular areas he would pursue in the
Spirituality, prayer and the importance of the Eucharist.
Evangelization, particularly in teaching what we believe to
people of all ages.
Respecting all people -- priests and laity -- involved in
Protecting all people in the church.
He also promised that the U.S. bishops' charters and norms on
sexual abuse would be enforced in the diocese.
Bishop Zubik has been vicar general and general secretary of the
Pittsburgh Diocese since 1996.
He was born Sept. 4, 1949, in Sewickley, Pa., to Stanley and
Susan (Raskosky) Zubik. He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary
School and St. Veronica High School, both in Ambridge, Pa., before
entering St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh.
He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in
1971, then earned a degree in theology at St. Mary Seminary and
University in Baltimore.
He was ordained a priest on May 3, 1975, by Bishop Vincent
Leonard at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. He then became a
parochial vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside. In 1980, he was
made vice principal at Quigley Catholic High School in Baden, while
serving as chaplain at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse and to
the students at Mount Gallitzen Academy. While holding these
positions, he earned a master's in education administration from
|FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Bishop David Zubik speaks to diocesan employees at Bosco Hall as Bishop Robert Banks looks on. (Tony Staley photo)
In 1987, he was appointed administrative secretary to
then-Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua (now the retired Cardinal
Archbishop of Philadelphia).
In 1988, he was appointed administrative secretary and master of
ceremonies to Bishop Donald Wuerl where he served until 1991 when
he became director of clergy personnel.
In 1995, he was named associate general secretary and chancellor
of the Pittsburgh Diocese, becoming vicar general and general
secretary on Jan. 1, 1996.
Bishop Zubik was ordained as a bishop on April 6, 1997, at St.
Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop to the Pittsburgh
Diocese. He also has served as adjunct spiritual director at St.
Paul Seminary from 1984 through 1991 and associate spiritual
director at St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, from 1989 through
Bishop Zubik is Bishop Wuerl's personal representative to the
administrative board of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, where
he is a member of its executive committee. He is also president of
the Diocesan Finance Council and of the Catholic Institute of the
Diocese of Pittsburgh.
|MEETING THE PRESS: Television photojournalists record the news conference with newly appointed Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Zubik. (Tony Staley photo)
He also serves on the Duquesne University board of directors and
its academic affairs committee, the Priest Council, Board of
Diocesan Consultors, Priest Personnel Board, Catholic Charities
Board and St. Paul Seminary Advisory Board, along with the Board of
Trustees of the Catholic Cemeteries Association, Pittsburgh
Catholic Publishing Associates, Diocesan Building Commission,
Diocesan Pastoral Council, and Chimbote Foundation. He is also
chaplain to the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Ross Township where
He serves on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee
on Priestly Life and Ministry.
After Bishop Zubik was named Bishop of the Green Bay Diocese, the Diocesan College of Consultors met and elected Bishop Robert Banks as temporary administrator until Bishop Zubik is installed on Dec. 12.