PITTSBURGH — Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh underwent successful spinal surgery early Aug. 22 at UPMC Mercy Hospital “to address ongoing issues with collapsing discs,” according to a diocesan statement.
“According to his surgeon, everything went as planned. There were no complications,” the statement said, adding that Bishop “has a history of back problems.” This was his “fifth back surgery,” he said.
The diocese said the procedure requires an extended recovery time, which will prevent the 72-year-old prelate “from appearing in public in the short term.”
“He will still be able to direct the affairs of the diocese from his office at the diocesan pastoral center,” he added.
“We are grateful for the many prayers of the faithful for Bishop Zubik and his surgical team,” the diocese said.
Zubik has been the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh since 2007. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to head the diocese on July 18, 2007, and he was installed at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh on September 28, 2007.
He was consecrated a bishop on April 6, 1997, at St. Paul’s Cathedral to serve as Auxiliary Bishop of Pittsburgh. On October 10, 2003, Saint John Paul II appointed him 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he was installed on December 12, 2003.
Zubik currently serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; USCCB’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue; board of directors of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington; Sister Thea Bowman Foundation Board of Trustees; board of trustees (president) of St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania; and Board of Trustees of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.