Bishop Bonnar Statement after Train Derailment Fire in East Palestine

Catholic Diocese of Youngstown


February 5, 2023

CONTACT: Justin Huyck, Director of Communications, (330) 744-8451, ext. 320,

The Most Rev. David. J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, makes the following statement after the train derailment fire in East Palestine, Ohio: “The prayers of the Diocese of Youngstown are with all those affected and displaced by the train derailment in East Palestine, Columbiana County. We acknowledge with gratitude the heroic efforts of the first responders and the agencies that have assisted in this difficult situation. The evacuation zone includes the territory of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish whose feast we celebrate on February 11th. Given the magnitude of this event, it is miraculous that there were no fatalities or injuries. I cannot help but think that the Blessed Mother was watching over this community. I ask for continued prayers for the health and safety of all involved.”

In accordance with the Village of East Palestine’s regulation concerning evacuation orders, Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in East Palestine was canceled for Sunday, February 5. Liturgies continue to be celebrated at Saint Jude Parish in Columbiana this weekend.

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