Patrick Zurek

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Patrick James Zurek
Bishop of Amarillo
Archdiocese San Antonio
Diocese Amarillo
Appointed January 3, 2008
Installed February 22, 2008
Predecessor John Walter Yanta
Ordination June 29, 1975
by Pope Paul VI
Consecration February 16, 1998
by Patrick Flores, John E. McCarthy, and Edmond Carmody
Personal details
Born (1948-08-17) August 17, 1948 (age 68)
Sealy, Texas
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Styles of
Patrick James Zurek
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Patrick James Zurek (born 17 August 1948) has served as Bishop of Amarillo since his installation on 22 February 2008. Zurek trained in Rome as a moral theologian who was a chaplain at the Bambino Gesu Children's Hospital during his seminary days.

Zurek was ordained a priest in Rome on 29 June 1975 by Pope Paul VI along with 359 others for the Holy Year of 1975.

He has been on the board of the directors of missions, the Assumption Seminary, and the Ad Hoc Committee for the Spanish-language Bible.[1] In his capacity as Bishop, he has participated in numerous charity events, including one for 13 area Catholic schools that raised $230,000.[2] He has also appeared on television concelebrating Mass in honor of the faith connection between The Archdioceses of San Antonio and Tegucigalpa, Honduras.[3]

Zurek served 21 years as a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, including 10 years as the original pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station. While a priest, he also led the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors before being named an auxiliary bishop of San Antonio on 5 January 1998 by Pope John Paul II where he replaced John Yanta.[4][5] He speaks five languages, including his ancestral Czech, Italian and Spanish.

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  1. ^ "Bishop Yanta Retires; Auxiliary Bishop in San Antonio to Succeed Him.". Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Catholic Life Draws Sweepstakes Winner". Wilson County News. Archived from the original on 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  3. ^ McMorrough, Jordan (August 17, 2007). "Televised Mass Celebrates Religious Partnership, Spread of the Gospel in Honduras". Today's Catholic. San Antonio Archdiocesan Publishing Society, Inc. Retrieved 2008-03-19. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Pope Accepts Resignation Of Amarillo Bishop John Yanta, Names San Antonio Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Zurek To Succeed Him.". Retrieved 2008-03-19. 
  5. ^ Southern, Joe (January 4, 2008). "A Changing of the Guard: Diocese Gets New Bishop.". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved 2008-03-19. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Walter Yanta
Bishop of Amarillo
22 February 2008–present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Succeeded by