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DU Alumnus Named Bishop

The Duquesne University community congratulates its alumnus, the Most Rev. David A. Zubik, on being named bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Zubik, who will be installed on Sept. 28, has strong ties with Duquesne. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in May 1971 in liberal arts and returned to Duquesne for graduate studies, earning a master’s degree in secondary school administration in 1982. In addition, Zubik contributed his expertise and insights to the campus community as a member of the University’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 2003.

“We are delighted that he’s returning to Pittsburgh as our bishop,” said the Rev. Sean Hogan, C.S.Sp., executive vice president of Student Life at Duquesne, who has known Zubik since the 1980s. They also worked together when Zubik represented the diocese on Duquesne’s Board of Directors. “I know that he has tremendous interest in education and will work hard for the betterment of the diocese and its parishioners,” Hogan said.

Zubik is the fifth native son among the 12 bishops selected to lead the Pittsburgh diocese. Raised in Ambridge, he attended St. Veronica High School in his hometown. He was taught there and later in graduate school by Dr. Mary Frances Grasinger, C.S.J., professor of educational administration at Duquesne.

“He has a marvelous ability to relate to others, making them feel special,” Grasinger said. “He never forgets anyone. He really attends to people. He’s a priest’s priest.

“Anything we asked him to do, he did above and beyond,” Grasinger continued. “He developed a curriculum on the Sacramental Life of the Church for juniors in high school. For a long, long time, I kept that curriculum; it was so well done.”

According to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Zubik had served in various school and chaplain posts in the Pittsburgh area before being appointed administrative secretary to then-Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua in 1987. The next year, he was named administrative secretary and master of ceremonies to then-Bishop Donald W. Wuerl, whose position he will fill. Zubik has held other administrative positions in the diocese, including vicar general and general secretary, which made him responsible for administration of the diocesan central offices. 

In 1997, Zubik was ordained an auxiliary bishop in Pittsburgh and, in 2003, he was named bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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