In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, you’ll hear Doug interview Bishop David Zubik, Diocesan Bishop of Pittsburgh. It’s a fascinating interview. They talk about his journey to becoming a Bishop when he actually wanted to become a lawyer, his advice to young leaders, when to speak up for injustice, and more! To listen to part two of the interview, go to

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #166- Bishop David Zubik

L3 Leadership Podcast Episode #166- Bishop David Zubik

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Key Takeaways:

Don't be afraid of work. -Bishop David Zubik Click To Tweet
'Every occupation is part of God's design to get people to Heaven.' -Bishop David ZubikClick To Tweet
'The Church must always speak out against injustice.' -Bishop David Zubik Click To Tweet
Never forget the forgotten. -Bishop David Zubik Click To Tweet
'If I feel people's voices are not being heard, I have to step up to the plate.' -Bishop David ZubikClick To Tweet
Your leadership does not stop in your church. -Bishop David Zubik Click To Tweet
'Be more concerned about thee church than you are your church.' -Bishop David Zubik Click To Tweet

Bishop Zubik’s Bio:

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.

Bishop Zubik currently serves on the following committees:

  • USCCB Divine Worship Committee
  • USCCB Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee
  • USCCB Protection of Children and Young People Committee
  • USCCB Catholic Communications Campaign Subcommittee
  • Catholic-Jewish Dialogue of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Bishops’ Committee, Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Conference
  • Board of Trustees, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
    • Chairman, Pilgrimage Committee
  • Board of Trustees, The Papal Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD
  • Board of Directors, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
  • Chairman, Board of Regents, Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, PA
    • Member, Committee on Priestly Formation
  • Episcopal Advisory Board, Catholic Athletes for Christ
  • Episcopal Advisory Board, Catholic Leadership Institute
  • Board of Directors, Sister Thea Bowman Foundation
  • Advisory Board, Angels’ Place
  • Vice Chair, Council, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania
  • Advisory Board, National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Greater Pittsburgh
  • Board of Directors, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
    • Co-Chair, Governance Committee

In addition, Bishop Zubik serves as …

  • Episcopal Liaison, Catholic Charities USA
  • Episcopal Moderator, Catholic Purchasing Services
  • Episcopal Moderator, Ladies of Charity of the USA
  • Episcopal Moderator, American Federation of Pueri Cantores



Future Forward Conference

Future Forward Conference

Future Forward Conference: OCTOBER 24 – 26


In addition to breakout sessions covering a variety of relevant topics, the conference will focus on five proven change strategies found in the book For A New Generation that can help declining churches make a comeback – and help healthy churches stay on track. You’ll hear from the author, Lee Kricher, as well as some of his key team members who were instrumental in implementing these change strategies.

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