Pope Francis has called Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama to North Carolina to serve as the 6th bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh. Bishop Zarama was appointed earlier this month in Rome and will be installed at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral on August 29th. The seat became vacant last year when Pope Francis appointed Bishop Michael Burbidge as the bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, VA.
Bishop Luis Zarama began his journey in Colombia. Born in Pasto, Colombia, Zarama attended the Conciliar Seminary, where he graduated high school. He continued his education at the Marion University in Pasto and later earned a degree in Canon Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. Having earned degrees in theology and philosophy, he began teaching at the Carmelites School, the Learning School, and the Colombia Military School for 11 years.
In 1993, Zarama became an ordained priest and later was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to serve the Lord as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 2009.
John Paul II Catholic High School is excited for Bishop Zarama’s leadership in the Greenville area and throughout the Diocese. May the Lord bless him along this journey and guide him in his service.
Pope Francis Appoints Luis Rafael Zarama, of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, as the Next Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh