Atlanta auxiliary bishop named bishop of Raleigh

Bishop Luis Zarama. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Atlanta

Pope Francis named Atlanta Auxiliary Bishop Luis Zarama as Bishop of Raleigh, NC. He succeeds Bishop Michael Burbidge who was appointed Bishop of Arlington in Oct. 2016.

Bishop Zarama, 58, a native of Pasto, Columbia, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 1993. He holds degrees in philosophy and theology from the Marian University in Pasto, and a degree in Canon Law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.

Besides serving in a variety of pastoral posts, he served on the Vocations Committee he then served as a member of the Vocations Committee. He was named vicar general of the Archdiocese in April of 2006 and in 2008 he was appointed to serve as the judicial vicar for the Archdiocese’s Metropolitan Tribunal. He is also a member of the Archdiocesan Personnel Review Board. He was named auxiliary bishop of Atlanta on July 27, 2009.

Bishop Zarama’s installation is to take place at the Cathedral of the Holy name of Jesus on Aug. 29.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Diocese of Raleigh (July 5, 2017 report, click here.