The mission of The Priest magazine is to serve Catholic priests by promoting and inviting ongoing human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation.
Our vision is to build up the Body of Christ by fostering a holy and healthy clergy with strong morale and deep fraternity who will continue the work of Christ with a servant’s heart.
· As a professional resource, we endeavor to support priests through education, communication and inspiration.
· Empowered by God’s grace, we seek to develop content collaboratively among our staff, contributors and based on the insights of our advisory committee and readers.
Meet the Editor
Bishop David J. Bonnar is the bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. He was installed on Jan. 12, 2021. He is the former pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Pittsburgh, and former administrator of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the fourth of five children of the late George and Mary Bernadette Bonnar. His father was a butcher and his mother a homemaker.
At a very young age, Bishop Bonnar became fascinated with priesthood, and he was excited by the thought of helping people and striving to be like Jesus. Bishop Bonnar attended nearby Duquesne University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social communication. During his senior year, he entered Saint Paul Seminary. Bishop Bonnar attended major seminary at the North American College in Rome and obtained an STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Bishop Bonnar was ordained a deacon on April 14, 1988 at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome. He subsequently was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ on July 23, 1988 in his home parish church of Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, Whitehall, Pennsylvania.
Bishop Bonnar has served as parochial vicar in three parishes, part-time high school chaplain, rector of the diocesan seminary, director of vocations, director of the permanent diaconate, vicar of clergy and pastor for 14 years.
For 12 years Bishop Bonnar was chaplain for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bishop Bonnar joined Our Sunday Visitor as Editor of The Priest Magazine in 2016. In his free time he enjoys jogging, biking and golf.
The Priest Team:
Publisher: Scott Richert
Editorial Director: Gretchen R. Crowe
Editor: Bishop David J. Bonnar
Associate Editor: Tim Johnson
Designer: Amanda Falk
Advertising Manager: Bob King
Production Manager: Christopher Rice