Bishop Bonnar Messages

Bishop Bonnar
Bishop Bonnar Messages
Column | Pastoral Planning: Moving Forward Together

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.”

Bishop Bonnar
Bishop Bonnar Messages
Column | Things Are Not What They Used to Be

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.”

Bishop Bonnar
Bishop Bonnar Messages
Column | Convocation Affirms Priestly Brotherhood

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.”

Bishop Bonnar
Bishop Bonnar Messages
Column | Finding Opportunities in the COVID-19 Crisis

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.”