April 19, 1957 – Thomas R. Zinkula was born to Robert and Mary (Volz) Zinkula in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
1975 — Graduated from Mount Vernon High School as valedictorian.
1979 – Graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics and business.
1979-80 – Worked as an actuary for Life Investors in Cedar Rapids.
1983 — Graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with a Juris Doctor.
1983-86 — Worked as a lawyer for Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood law firm in Cedar Rapids.
1988 – Entered the Theological College at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master’s Degree in Theology in 1989.
May 26, 1990 — Father Thomas Zinkula is ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Dubuque at St. Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.
1990-93 – Served as assistant pastor at St. Columbkille Parish in Dubuque.
1993-96 – Served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque.
1996-98 – Attended St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, where he earned a licentiate in Canon Law.
1998-2000 — Served as a judge at the archdiocesan tribunal.
1998-2002 – Served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Rickardsville and as sacramental priest for St. Francis Parish in Balltown and Ss. Peter & Paul Parish in Sherrill.
2000-10 – Served as judicial vicar for the archdiocesan tribunal.
2001-05 – Served at St. LaSalle Pastorate in Dubuque County as a sacramental priest.
2005-07 – Served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Dubuque.
2007-11 – Holy Ghost clustered with Sacred Heart and Holy Trinity to form the Holy Spirit Pastorate where Fr. Zinkula served as pastor.
2011 – Sabbatical in Colorado and Rome; two-month stay in India.
2012 – Named monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI.
2012-14 – Msgr. Zinkula served as Episcopal Vicar for the Cedar Rapids region of Dubuque Archdiocese.
2014-2017 – Served as rector at St. Pius X Seminary in Dubuque.
April 19, 2017 – Pope Francis named Msgr. Zinkula ninth bishop for the Diocese of Davenport.
June 22, 2017 – Bishop Zinkula is ordained and installed as the diocese’s ninth bishop at St. John Vianney Church-Bettendorf.