Mgr. Jan Vokál was born on September 25, 1958 in Hlinsko in Bohemia. After his studies at Middle School of Industry and Electronic Technology in Pardubice, he graduated in cybertechnics from Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague in 1983.
In September 1983, he left for Rome to enter the Pontifical College Nepomucenum. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Lateran University. He was ordained priest by Pope John Paul II on May 28, 1989 in the basilica of St. Peter in Vatican.
Between 1989 and 1990, he served as a parish vicar of Epiphany Church (Diocese of Peoria, USA) and on September 1, 1991 he entered the service of Vatican Secretariat of State (Section for General Affairs) where he has worked until this day. In 2009, he underwent a rigorous examination (examen rigorosum) on constitutional law at the Charles University in Prague and earned the title JUDr. (Juris Utrisque Doctor).
In 1997, the title of a Chaplain of His Holiness was conferred upon him by Pope John Paul II and in 2007, the higher title of a Honorary Prelate of His Holiness Benedict XVI followed. On June 28, 2005, the then bishop of Hradec Králové and current archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka OP had ranked Msgr. Jan Vokál among honorary capitulars of the Cathedral Capitulary of the Holy Spirit in Hradec Králové. On March 3, 2011, the Holy Father Benedict XVI named him the bishop of Hradec Králové.
Bishop Vokál is a Member of COMECE since 2013