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Stanislaus Vincent Bona (October 1, 1888—December 1, 1967) was an American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Grand Island (1932-1944) and Bishop of Green Bay (1945-1967).

Biography

Stanislaus Bona was born in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Catherine (née Smigiel) Bona, who had immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1881.[1] He attended St. Stanislaus College in Chicago, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1905.[1] He continued his studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, there earning a Doctor of Divinity and Licentiate of Canon Law.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on November 1, 1912.[2]

He then served as a curate at St. Barbara Church in Chicago until 1916, when he became resident chaplain at the House of Correction.[1] He was later a professor at Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary (1918-1922) and pastor of St. Casimir Church (1922-1931).[1] He was named a Monsignor in 1931, and was a member of the Board of Delegates for Religious Communities of Women.[1]

On December 18, 1931, Bona was appointed the second Bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska, by Pope Pius XI.[2] He received his episcopal consecration on February 25, 1932 from Cardinal George Mundelein, with Bishops Paul Peter Rhode and Francis Martin Kelly serving as co-consecrators, at Holy Name Cathedral.[2] He guided the diocese through the troubling times of the Great Depression and World War II.[3] During the war, he ministered to German and Italian prisoners of war kept in camps in the diocese.[3]

On December 2, 1944, Bona was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Titular Bishop of Mela by Pope Pius XII.[2] He succeeded Bishop Paul Rhode as the seventh Bishop of Green Bay upon the latter's death on March 3, 1945.[2] During his tenure in Green Bay, he founded sixty-seven grade schools, four high schools, Holy Family College, and Sacred Heart Seminary.[4] He also established a diocesan newspaper, and adjusted the social welfare program of Catholic Charities to meet new needs, including those of migrant workers.[4] He attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.

Bona died at age 79.

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Preceded by
James Albert Duffy
Bishop of Grand Island
1932—1944
Succeeded by
Edward Joseph Hunkeler
Preceded by
Paul Peter Rhode
Bishop of Green Bay
1945—1967
Succeeded by
Aloysius John Wycislo
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