Who is Bishop David Konderla?

An interview with the fourth Bishop of Tulsa, Bishop David Konderla, takes a look back on his vocational journey while looking forward to the future of the diocese and its mission to proclaim the good news of the Gospel.

Bishop Konderla, the second of twelve children, hails from Bryan, Texas. Graduating from Bryan High School in 1978, he initially worked as a machinist before entering the seminary in 1985. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Dallas in 1989, he earned his Master of Divinity from the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Seminary, ultimately being ordained on June 3, 1995.

Bishop Konderla’s pastoral journey included service at St. Louis Parish in Austin, St. Luke’s Parish in Temple, and as associate pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station. Following a stint as the Vocation Director for the Diocese of Austin, he returned to St. Mary’s as pastor and Director of Campus Ministry in August 2005. His woodworking and carpentry skills, along with the fact that all 11 of his siblings reside in Texas, add unique dimensions to his background.

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Konderla as the fourth Bishop of Tulsa on May 13, 2016. He was subsequently ordained and installed on June 29, 2016, overseeing the Diocese of Tulsa.

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