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Welcome Bishop-elect David Konderla, fourth bishop of Tulsa

Bishop-elect David Konderla

Tulsa’s new bishop

This morning, the Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, third bishop of Tulsa. The Pope appointed Father David Konderla from the Diocese of Austin as the new bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa. Bishop-elect Konderla will be ordained and installed on June 29, 2016 at a large venue in Tulsa so that everyone may attend.

Very Reverend Jovita C. Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral, and the priests, deacons, staff and parishioners of Holy Family welcome our new shepherd and eagerly await his permanent arrival in Tulsa. Father Okonkwo said, “I am thrilled at the Holy Father’s announcement. I am looking forward to receiving him at the Cathedral. On behalf of all the priests of the Diocese of Tulsa, I express my gratitude to Bishop Slattery for his many years of service and the support he has given me as his Cathedral Rector. Let us pray in thanksgiving to God for His gift of these two holy men.”


Background information

Father David Konderla is a native son of the Diocese of Austin. He was born June 3, 1960, and grew up in Bryan, Texas. He is the second of 12 children of David and Ann Konderla. His father still lives in Bryan; his mother died in 2012. Father Konderla has 25 nieces and nephews, one of whom will be born this summer, and he has one great niece.

He attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Bryan High School and graduated in 1978. After high school, Father Konderla worked as a machinist until entering seminary in 1985. He earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Dallas in 1989, while attending Holy Trinity Seminary and he earned a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas in 1995, while attending St. Mary’s Seminary. Father Konderla was ordained a priest on June 3, 1995, by Bishop John E. McCarthy.

Father Konderla was first assigned as associate pastor to St. Louis King of France Parish in Austin, then as associate pastor to St. Luke Parish in Temple, then as associate pastor to St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station from 1997 to 2001. He was appointed as the first full-time vocation director for the Diocese of Austin in 2001, a position he held until 2005, when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station. He has served almost 15 years of the 21 years he has been ordained with his beloved Aggies.

Over the years Father Konderla has served on the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the Priests’ Personnel Board, the Pension Plan and Trust Board, as the director of the Project Rachel retreats and as a chaplain for the Courage Apostolate at Texas A&M University.

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21 Responses to "Welcome Bishop-elect David Konderla, fourth bishop of Tulsa"

  1. Kristy and Doug Becker says:

    Dear Bishop David:

    Although we cannot be in Tulsa with you for your ordination, we are rejoicing with the Diocese of Tulsa! How very fortunate and truly blessed they are to have you with them.

    Watching the ordination streaming live right now! AWESOME!

    Texas University?? It’s all good. We forgive!

  2. Rev. Jim F. Chamberlain says:

    David, you will make a fine Bishop for Christ’s Church. Blessings on your new ministry.
    I pray that you never lose your genuineness, your love of people, and your sense of humor. The Church needs it!

  3. Campos Family says:

    Congratulations Father David. You will be greatly missed. St. Mary’s will not be the same without you. I know that you will be an awesome bishop just like you are our Father. You have been here for my family and I know that you will continue being here for us in prayer. We will keep you in prayer on your journey to Tulsa as you become Bishop. Tulsa your are very lucky to have our Father David!!!

  4. jaso says:

    Are we going to have a bonfire at the Cathedral?

  5. Linsey Oates says:

    I’m a member of St. Anthony’s parish in Bryan and someone Father David knows only by face as someone with whom he prayed on the sidewalk in front of the now-closed Planned Parenthood clinic, just one among the unnamed many who have been touched and inspired by his ministry who are delighted that he has now been called to serve in Tulsa. Congratulations to Bishop-Elect Konderla and also to the Diocese, and blessings to all!

  6. Kevin Konderla says:

    To my older brother congratulation and may God continue to bless you. I know tulsa will welcome you with open arms. Take care love you Kevin. K

  7. David Wilde says:

    To the Diocese of Tulsa,
    I congratulate the Tulsa Diocese with your new Bishop.

    Fr David is a tremendous Pastor, Priest and Confessor.

    Fr Sis (now Bishop of San Angelo) and Fr David have been instrumental in building the Catholic student community here at St Mary’s and Texas A&M. St Mary’s is known for the many priest’s and nun’s that have come from these devoted students.
    We truly hate to lose him, but knowing his ministry will be a blessing to you, we pray for his continued evangelization of all that he meets.

    I am sure there will be a few Aggies in the diocese that will offer a “Whoop” in his honor.

  8. Roland & Marge Harrison says:

    Roland and Marge Harrison,Bartlesville,OK

    We are delighted to welcome you,Bishop-Elect David Konderla from our
    beloved Texas home! Looking forward to hopefully comparing notes
    with you at some future date. God is so good!

  9. Darren Hartl says:

    I cannot put into words the respect I have for this man. He has been such a personable, visionary, and orthodox pastor for us in the College Station area. I am more than a little jealous of my brothers and sisters in Christ there in Tulsa. Congratulations to Bishop-elect Konderla and to the people of the Diocese of Tulsa

  10. John says:

    Go Pokes, Beat OU and welcome to our lovely city

  11. Barbara Randall says:

    Tulsa is blessed to receive our dear Fr. David. He will be so missed but so happy for this great ordination in Tulsa. He will serve the Lord as he always has

  12. Regina Mercer says:

    So happy for you but sad for us at St. Mary’s. You will be greatly missed.

  13. Sister Anastasia Joseph, SSM says:

    Welcome, and Congratulations! Special thank to God for gifting you to Tulsa

  14. Chris Tuthill says:

    May God bless our new Bishop

  15. Ruth Piatak says:

    Welcome, Bishop-elect Konderla! Holy Family Cathedral Parish looks forward to your pastoral care for us and the Diocese!

  16. Esther Miranda says:

    We will miss our pastor Fr. David . Tulsa is very blessed to have Bishop-elect David Konderla. Congratulations!!

  17. Terrye Newkirk says:

    Welcome, Bishop Konderla!

  18. Louise says:

    We welcome you to the lovely Tulsa Diocese !!!!!!!!

  19. Gary Hoeffken says:

    Bishop-elect Konderia:
    Welcome, Your Excellency, to Oklahoma.
    You follow a legacy of great shephards of Tulsa.
    We look forward to working with you under your leadership and guidance.

    Gary Hoeffken
    Former 4th Degree District Master
    Oklahoma Knights of Columbus

  20. Fr. Grzegorz Cioch says:


  21. Darla Bugg says:

    Awesome news, welcome Bishop-Elect David Konderla.

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