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WASHINGTON—Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Jeffrey Monforton, 49, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, as bishop of Steubenville, Ohio.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, July 3, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Monforton succeeds Bishop Daniel Conlon, who was named bishop of Joliet, Illinois, May 17, 2011.
Jeffrey Monforton was born May 5, 1963, in Detroit. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, and a bachelor's, licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University, Rome.
He was ordained for the Detroit Archdiocese June 25, 1994, and was named a chaplain to His Holiness, carrying the title monsignor, in 2005.
Assignments after ordination included associate pastor, National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan, and taught in the religion department of the parish high school, 1994-1996. He was priest secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida, 1998-2005, and served on the faculty of Sacred Heart Seminary, 2002-2005. He was pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Shelby Township, Michigan, 2005-2006; rector of Sacred Heart Seminary, 2006-2012, and from May until the present, was pastor of St. Andrew Parish Rochester, Michigan.
In 2006 he was named to the board of trustees of Madonna University and for the 2005-2006 academic year was an apostolic visitator of the Congregation for Catholic Education, for the apostolic visitation of seminaries and houses of formation in the United States.
The Steubenville Diocese includes 230,391 persons, with 38,693 or 17 percent of them Catholic.
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