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Bishop with Archdiocese of San Antonio dies at 90

SAN ANTONIO – A bishop with the Archdiocese of San Antonio has died at the age of 90, the group introduced early Saturday.

Bishop John W. Yanta handed away at his residence on Aug. 6 after years of battling a number of critical well being illnesses.

The archdiocese stated regardless of the bishop’s well being points, Yanta “continued to lead and guide work on a number of endeavors close to his heart.”

Yanta was born on Oct. 2, 1931 and he grew up on a household farm-ranch in Runge, Texas. The archdiocese stated his roots traced again to the Opole space of Silesia, Poland — the identical space that produced St. John Paul II.

“Bishop Yanta always wanted to be a priest, and he never shared this with his family in his early years. He said that he was a mischievous little boy and he knew his brothers would have laughed at the idea of becoming a priest. His heroes were priests,” the archdiocese stated in an announcement.

He was later invited by Father Erwin Juraschek to serve within the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The archdiocese stated he was ordained to priesthood on March 17, 1956 and celebrated his first Mass in St. Anthony’s in Runge.


Yanta’s first project was as an affiliate pastor of St. Ann’s Parish from 1956-1962. It was additionally in 1962 that he was named the director of the Catholic Youth Organization, the archdiocese stated. In 1968, he served as an related pastor at a number of San Antonio parishes. You can learn extra about Yanta’s legacy in San Antonio here.

Funeral preparations for Yanta are nonetheless pending at this time. We’ll deliver extra updates as they grow to be accessible.

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