Zubik said: “The Holy Father’s appointment is a gift to our diocese and brings great joy to me. Bishop-elect Eckman is a born and raised Pittsburgher who has a deep devotion to Jesus and the people of this region.”
“He has shown himself to be a caring, compassionate, responsible, skilled pastor of the Church. Please join me and his brother priests in prayer asking Jesus to fill his heart as he humbly takes on this new role.”
The 62-year-old bishop-elect said that he was honored by the appointment.
“I have chosen as my episcopal motto: ‘To serve in faith and charity.’ I hope to faithfully live out this motto as I continue to minister in the Diocese of Pittsburgh,” he said.
Mark A. Eckman was born on Feb. 9, 1959, in Pittsburgh. He studied for the priesthood at the city’s St. Paul Seminary.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1981 and a Master of Divinity from Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe in 1984.