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Clergy Official | July 17, 2022

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July 16, 2022

The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has made the following clergy and personnel assignments. They are effective as noted.

Effective Immediately

Rev. Marian Babjak has agreed to resign as pastor of Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers.  Fr. Babjak remains on leave and is currently being evaluated for a possible future assignment.

Effective August, 1, 2022

Very Rev. Philip Rogers, V.F., from pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo to pastor of Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers in addition to his responsibility as Dean of Mahoning South Deanery.

Ms. Patricia Condello, as Diocesan Pastoral Associate at Saint Barbara Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, and Saint Mary Parish in Massillon in addition to her current responsibility as Diocesan Pastoral Associate at Holy Family Parish, Brewster.

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Death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Press Release | Bishop Bonnar: “Pope Benedict’s story is one of humble and faithful service to the Church rooted in a passionate commitment to promoting and protecting the Truth of the Gospel.”

Rev. Donald King Appointed President of Stark County Catholic Schools

Press Release | The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has appointed Rev. Donald King as President of Stark County Catholic Schools. Father King’s appointment as President became effective October 11, 2022. Father King had served as Interim President since July 1, 2022.

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Merger of St. Barbara, St. Joseph, and St. Mary Parishes, Massillon, and Establishment of Divine Mercy Parish

Press Release | After a period of consultation among parish representatives and the diocese’s presbyteral council, The Most Rev. David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has accepted the recommendation of Rev. Maciej (Matthew) Mankowski, pastor of Massillon’s St. Barbara Parish, St. Joseph Parish and St. Mary Parish to merge the three parishes, effective January 1, 2023. The new parish will include all three church buildings which will retain their names as customary in Church tradition, while the parish itself will be known as “Divine Mercy Parish.”

Diocese of Youngstown announces The Catholic Echo, a diocesan magazine and multimedia hub, succeeding The Catholic Exponent newspaper

Press Release | The Diocese of Youngstown is pleased to announce a new print product, The Catholic Echo magazine, debuting in Spring 2023. Building on the 77-year legacy of The Catholic Exponent newspaper, which will produce its final issue in February 2023, The Catholic Echo magazine, website and supporting multimedia products will highlight all aspects of Catholic life across the six counties of the diocese.