In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, you will hear David Zubik, Catholic Diocese Bishop of Pittsburgh, speak on 4 characteristics every leader must develop.


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L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #193_ Bishop David Zubik

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #193_ Bishop David Zubik




  • What do you want to do with this gift God has given you called leadership?
  • May the Lord so fire up your soul that you may help many other people come to know God through you!
  • There are things worth knowing about and not worth knowing about, God give us the wisdom to tell the difference.
  • People look for leaders with courage, not reckless courage
  • God did not create us in vain
  • Temperance is keeping our desires and wishes within honorable limits
  • We must assess everyone for ways that they can soar
  • What God gives us stewardship over is for one purpose and one purpose only: to point people to God and connect them with each other.
  • Leadership rests in inviting people into the vision in the centerpiece of our hearts
  • Do the ordinary things well and excellence will happen by itself
  • Every good leader seeks out justice
  • Pray to learn Jesus, seek to love Jesus, seek to live Jesus
  • It is imperative to treat everyone you meet as though they were Jesus Christ and to treat people are they you were Jesus Christ.
  • There can be no selfishness in leadership
  • Don’t treat your life or the life of others as a routine
  • Our passion for service must drive our leadership. If not, it’ll become routine.
  • Oh God, help me to lead today as if it were my first day of service, my last day of service, my only day of service.



Bishop David A. Zubik was born September 4, 1949, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, to the late Stanley and Susan (Raskosky) Zubik. He attended Saint Stanislaus Elementary School and Saint Veronica High School, both in Ambridge, before entering Saint Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh. He received an undergraduate degree at Duquesne University in 1971 and went on to study at Saint Mary Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a degree in theology in 1975.

Bishop Zubik was ordained a priest on May 3, 1975, by Bishop Vincent M. Leonard at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. Bishop Zubik served as Parochial Vicar of Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside, until 1980. He was then assigned as Vice Principal of Quigley Catholic High School in Baden as well as Chaplain to the Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse and Chaplain to the students at Mount Gallitzin Academy. At the same time, he began graduate studies at Duquesne University where he earned a master’s degree in education administration in 1982. He served in the role of adjunct spiritual director at Saint Paul Seminary from 1984 through 1991 and associate spiritual director at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, from 1989 through 1996.

In 1987, Bishop Zubik was appointed Administrative Secretary to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who later became the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia. In 1988, he was appointed Administrative Secretary and Master of Ceremonies to then-Pittsburgh Bishop Donald W. Wuerl (now Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, DC), where he served until 1991, when he began his service as Director of Clergy Personnel.

In 1995, he was named Associate General Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, and on January 1, 1996, became Vicar General and General Secretary—a position in which he served until his appointment as the Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Bishop Zubik was consecrated a bishop on April 6, 1997, at Saint Paul Cathedral and was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

On October 10, 2003, the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, named the Most Reverend David A. Zubik as the Eleventh Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay. Bishop Zubik was installed as Bishop on December 12, 2003.

On July 18, 2007, he was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Twelfth Bishop of Pittsburgh. He was installed at Saint Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh on September 28, 2007.

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