Zuraw earns new role
YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown has appointed Monsignor John Zuraw as a vicar general, effective Friday, with responsibilities as moderator of parish, school and ministerial leadership and for external operations of the diocese.
Monsignor Robert Siffrin also will continue to serve as vicar general and moderator of the Curia, with responsibilities for internal operations of the diocese.
The role of vicar general, now assumed by both Siffrin and Zuraw, is to represent the bishop in all civil and canonical matters as needed, which includes meetings, liturgical ceremonies and civil ceremonies. It also includes evaluating the implementation of diocesan policies and procedures and facilitating the resolutions of misunderstandings and conflicts.
Zuraw will continue to serve as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles and dean of Trumbull County.
For the time being, he will remain as chancellor for the Diocese of Youngstown and coordinator for the Diocesan Pastoral Council. He also will assume additional oversight of the diocese’s Presbyteral Council. Zuraw remains the point person for the regional pastoral plan.
Bonnar said, “Since my installation as bishop, Monsignor Zuraw has been a trusted confidant and an exemplary colleague, responding effectively and efficiently to all that has been asked of him.
“More importantly, he is a pastor with a shepherd’s heart and a dedicated and competent canon lawyer. This appointment not only affirms all the good work Monsignor Zuraw has done but it also prepares the way for an eventual plan of succession,” Bonnar said.