Column | Dreaming into the New Year

Bishop Bonnar

BIshop Bonnar: “As we complete one year and prepare to enter into a new one, let us give thanks to God who has allowed our dreams to take flight in 2021, and give ourselves a chance to dream anew in 2022.”

Letter | Christmas Message

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Bishop Bonnar: “We rejoice not only over the lasting memory of that first Christmas, but also over the glorious reality of our present experience rooted in the Good News of the Word made flesh that dwells among us.”

Homily | Opening Mass for Synod on Synodality

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Bishop Bonnar: “The Synod on Synodality . . . is the continuation of Pope Francis’ missionary dream seeking to bring the Good News to the world, especially to the peripheries with the hope of bringing renewal to the Church, a renewal that breathes new life and change into the Church from the Holy Spirit.”

Column | Pastoral Planning: Moving Forward Together

Bishop Bonnar

Bishop Bonnar: “I know that we have a rich past filled with special memories, many of which involve our church buildings. I believe our future can be just as rich if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and invest our efforts in becoming missionary disciples.”

Column | Things Are Not What They Used to Be

Bishop Bonnar

Bishop Bonnar: “Our local Church, the Diocese of Youngstown, finds herself in a time of change. Things are not what they used to be. My late predecessor, Bishop George Murry, knew this so well when a few years ago he established a Regional Plan for parishes and providing for the needs of the faithful. . . . As we have fewer and fewer priests for ministry, time is of the essence. We cannot stand still.”

Column | Convocation Affirms Priestly Brotherhood

Bishop Bonnar

Bishop Bonnar: “Through our baptism, we are all called to be one. In fact, that is Jesus’ great priestly prayer for all of us: “That all may be one.” (John 17:21) That very prayer of Jesus serves as my prayer and episcopal motto. Every day I pray “That all may be one.” This “all” of course includes the clergy, religious and faithful. In a particular way, priests are called to model this unity with one another.”

Column | Finding Opportunities in the COVID-19 Crisis

Bishop Bonnar

Bishop Bonnar: “Sadly, this situation has on many levels been politicized, causing great disharmony in our communities. This crisis is not about politics but about people, life and love. This is our moment! For the common good, let us work together to embrace these opportunities.”