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San Antonio announces funeral of Bishop John Yanta

The the archdiocese says Yanta’s death comes after “years of treatment for numerous serious health issues”.

Arrangements for the religious leader span multiple towns and parishes, beginning in Amarillo on Wednesday, August 10. They are the following:

  • Wednesday August 10: Visitation and rosary at Saint-Laurent d’Amarillo church at 6.30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 11: Funeral Mass at Sainte-Marie d’Amarillo Cathedral at 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, August 16: Visiting begins at 1 p.m. and Rosary at 2:30 p.m. at St. James Church at 907 W Theo Ave, San Antonio, TX 78225.
  • Tuesday, August 16: Visiting begins at 5 p.m. and Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church at 350 Sutton Drive, San Antonio, TX 78228.
  • Wednesday, August 17: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at San Fernando Cathedral, 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205. Reception to follow. Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, president, and Father Carlos Velazquez, rector of the cathedral, preacher.
  • Wednesday, August 17: Visiting from 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rosary at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church at 13879 North FM 81 in Panna Maria.
  • Thursday, August 18: Funeral Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Panna Maria at 9 a.m. with reception to follow. Bishop Michael Boulette, Auxiliary Bishop, President.

Yanta was born on October 2, 1931, and grew up in a large Polish family on their farm in Runge, more than 80 miles southeast of San Antonio. He then shared that he knew he wanted to be a priest since he was a child but did not share his aspirations with this family for fear of being mocked by his brothers, the diocese shared in its obituary. . He attended Central Catholic High School in San Antonio before joining the seminary.

Yanta was ordained a priest on March 17, 1956 in San Fernando Cathedral by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey. He was the first Polish-born bishop to be appointed to a diocese in Texas, the archdiocese said online.

He became a respected leader within the Catholic community. Yanta was part of the group responsible for the CSTA and was editor of the archdiocesan newspaper “Today’s Catholic”. The archdiocese remembers Yanta’s reputation as an organizer, noting his arrest in 1993 for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic in San Pedro on the 20th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Judgment of the Supreme Court.