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Pope names Pennsylvania priest David Bonnar to become Youngstown bishop

He'll succeed Bishop George Murry, who died in June.
Credit: Diocese of Yountstown
The Rev. David Bonnar.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — (AP) More than 194,000 Roman Catholics in northeastern Ohio are getting a new shepherd from Pennsylvania.

Pope Francis on Tuesday named the Rev. David Bonnar of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the sixth bishop of Youngstown. He'll succeed Bishop George Murry, who died in June after a battle with cancer.

The church says Bonnar, 58, was born in Pittsburgh and ordained to the priesthood in 1988. He serves as pastor of St. Aidan Parish in Wexford, Pennsylvania, and as editor for The Priest Magazine, and for 12 years was the team chaplain for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The diocese held a press conference with the new bishop-elect on Tuesday:

Bonnar's installation Mass will take place on Jan. 12 at Youngstown's Cathedral of St. Columba. The diocese includes all of Ashtabula, Portage, and Stark counties.