Pope Francis appointed Father David J. Bonnar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. Bishop-elect Bonnar will be ordained to the episcopacy and installed as the sixth bishop of Youngstown on Jan. 12, 2021 in St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown. The see has been vacant since the June 5 death of Bishop George V. Murry, SJ.
The announcement was made on Nov. 17 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Cleveland Bishop Edward Malesic issued the following statement congratulating the new bishop-elect and welcoming him to Ohio.
“On behalf of the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Cleveland, I wish to offer joyful congratulations and sincere best wishes to Father David Bonnar, from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, on his appointment by Pope Francis as bishop-elect of the Diocese of Youngstown. I look forward to working together with Bishop-elect Bonnar as a brother bishop on the Catholic Conference of Ohio. I know the wonderful people of the Mahoning Valley area will offer their prayerful support and welcome their new shepherd with warm hearts and joyous anticipation. May the God of all Goodness provide Bishop-elect Bonnar with every grace and blessing as he begins his episcopal ministry.”
Bishop-elect Bonnar was born in Pittsburgh. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 23, 1988 and served as a parochial vicar, pastor and administrator of several parishes in the diocese, including St. Aidan Parish in Wexford, Pennsylvania, where he is pastor.
In addition, the bishop-elect served as rector of St. Paul Seminary, director of pre-ordination formation, director of vocations and director of the permanent diaconate. For the Diocese of Pittsburgh, he was secretary of parish and ministerial leadership and vicar of clergy. He also served for 12 years as chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Currently, Bishop-elect Bonnar is editor of The Priest Magazine, a national publication for priests that is published by Our Sunday Visitor.