Thomas Robert Zinkula
DD, JD, JCL
|Bishop of Davenport|
|Appointed||April 19, 2017|
|Installed||June 22, 2017|
|Predecessor||Martin John Amos|
|Ordination||May 26, 1990|
by Daniel Kucera
|Consecration||June 22, 2017|
by Michael Owen Jackels, Martin John Amos, and Jerome Hanus
|Born||April 19, 1957|
Mount Vernon, Iowa
|Motto||Fiat Voluntas Tua|
(Thy will be done)
Thomas Robert Zinkula
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Thomas Robert Zinkula (born April 19, 1957) is a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. He was a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa until he was named the ninth bishop of Davenport, Iowa in 2017.
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Thomas Zinkula was born on April 19, 1957 in Mount Vernon, Iowa to Robert and Mary (Volz) Zinkula. He grew up on a farm with eight siblings.He graduated as the valedictorian from Mount Vernon High School in 1975. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in mathematics, economics and business from Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa), and worked as an actuary for Life Investors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After a year he entered the University of Iowa College of Law and earned a Juris Doctor in 1983. He practiced law for three years with the Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood law firm in Cedar Rapids. Zinkula studied for the priesthood at Theological College at the Catholic University of America, and received a Master's degree in Theology in 1990. He earned a licentiate in Canon Law from Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada in 1998. Zinkula was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Cornell College for football.
Mount Vernon is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States, adjacent to the city of Lisbon. The city's population was 3,390 when the 2000 census figures were released, but that number was later revised to 3,808 because the Census Bureau had incorrectly reported that 418 residents of a Cornell College dormitory in Mount Vernon lived in the nearby city of Bertram. A special census taken by the city in 2004 counted 4,171 residents. The population was 4,506 at the 2010 census. Mount Vernon is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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|Catholic Church titles|
Martin John Amos
| Bishop of Davenport |