An announcement was made Tuesday morning.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Fr. David Bonnar, pastor of Saint Aidan Parish in Wexford, has been appointed to become the Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown.

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Fr. Bonnar was appointed by Pope Francis with an announcement made Tuesday morning.

“I am overwhelmed by the trust and confidence the Holy Father has placed in me in appointing me the Bishop of Youngstown. It is humbling following a long line of Pittsburgh priests that include Cardinal Maida, Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Bosco, Bishop Tobin, Bishop Zubik, Bishop Burns, and Bishop Bradley, who have been called to shepherd and serve the Church beyond our diocese,” said Father Bonnar in a press release.

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“There is no question in my mind that Bishop-elect Bonnar is most qualified to take on his new responsibilities. For the vast majority of his 32 years as a priest, he has served in parish ministry. The faithful of Youngstown can look forward to very strong pastoral leadership on the part of their new bishop,” said Bishop David Zubik in a press release.

Prior to serving as pastor at Saint Aidan Parish, Father Bonnar served in the same role at Saint Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon for 11 years.

Fr. Bonnar also previously spent 12 years as chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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