Luis Rafael Zarama Pasqualetto (born November 28, 1958) is a Colombian-born American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has been serving as the bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina since 2017. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta from 2009 to 2017
Zarama is the first Hispanic and Latino bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh, the first bishop of Raleigh to have been born outside the United States, and the first Colombian to lead a Catholic diocese in the United States.
Luis Zarama was born on November 28, 1958, in Pasto, Nariño, Colombia, the oldest of the six children of Rafael Zarama and Maria Pasqualetto de Zarama. Zarama attended the seminary of Pasto and the Universidad Mariana in Pasto, where he studied philosophy and theology from 1982 to 1987. He began his studies in canon law at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá in 1987, and earned his licentiate in 1991. In the mid-198