Reverend Don Zeiler
I was born in Paris, Arkansas in 1965, and raised in a devout Catholic family with strong roots. I attended St. Joseph Catholic School until 8th grade and graduated from Parish High School in 1983. Following that, I attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. I then moved to Texas to work as an engineer, but in time I felt God calling me to discern a vocation to the priesthood. I entered Holy Trinity Seminary in 1994 to study philosophy and then studied theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Dallas in 2001. Following my ordination, I served as Parochial Vicar at All Saints and St. Pius X parishes in Dallas. I then served as Pastoral Administrator at Holy Spirit Parish in Duncanville for one year and then as pastor for two years. Prior to being appointed as Vice Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, I served as pastor at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in McKinney for 15 years.
I have served the diocese in the roles of Dean of the Northern Deanery, Presbyteral Council, Priest Pension Board, Priest Consultor for the Catholic Foundation, Defender of the Bond for the Tribunal, and as a member of the Synod Preparatory Commission. I have also served the community as a member of the Board of Directors for North Collin County Habitat for Humanity. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, visiting family and friends, cooking, golfing, and photography.
Favorite Quote or Bible Verse
“From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace..” – John 1:16