Bishop’s timeline


April 19, 1957 – Thomas R. Zinkula was born to Robert and Mary (Volz) Zinkula in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

1975 — Graduated from Mount Vernon High School as valedictorian.

Thomas Zinkula’s first communion

1979 – Graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics and business.

1979-80 – Worked as an actuary for Life Investors in Cedar Rapids.


1983 — Graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with a Juris Doctor.

1983-86 — Worked as a lawyer for Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood law firm in Cedar Rapids.

1988 – Entered the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master’s Degree in Theology in 1989.

May 26, 1990 — Father Thomas Zinkula is ordained to the priesthood for the Arch­diocese of Dubuque at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.

1990-93 – Served as assistant pastor at St. Columb­kille Parish in Dubuque.

1993-96 – Served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.

1996-98 – Attended St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, where he earned a licentiate in Canon Law.

1998-2000 — Served as a judge at the archdiocesan tribunal.

1998-2002 – Served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Rickardsville and as sacramental priest for St. Francis Parish in Balltown and Ss. Peter & Paul Parish in Sherrill.

2000-10 – Served as judicial vicar for the archdiocesan tribunal.

2001-05 – Served at St. LaSalle Pastorate in Dubuque County as a sacramental priest.

Archbishop Daniel Kucera, OSB, ordained Thomas Zinkula to the priesthood in this 1990 photo.

2005-07 – Served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Dubuque.

2007-11 – Holy Ghost clustered with Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity to form the Holy Spirit Pastorate where Fr. Zinkula served as pastor.

2011 – Sabbatical in Colorado and Rome; two-month stay in India.

2012 – Named monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI.

2012-14 – Msgr. Zinkula served as Episcopal Vicar for the Cedar Rapids region of Dubuque Archdiocese.

2014-2017 – Served as rector at St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque.

April 19, 2017 – Pope Francis named Msgr. Zinkula ninth bishop for the Diocese of Davenport.

June 22, 2017 – Bishop Zinkula is ordained and installed as the diocese’s ninth bishop at St. John Vianney Church-Bettendorf.

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