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Former Rector Now Steubenville Bishop

Jeffery M. Monforton, former rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, was appointed by the Holy Father

as Bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville on July 3. He was installed as the Ohio diocese’s fifth bishop on September 10, before two thousand people in the Fieldhouse of Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Bishop Monforton is the twenty-sixth graduate of the seminary who has been elevated to the episcopacy, making Sacred Heart something of a “school for bishops.”

Bishop Monforton, a Sacred Heart alumnus (1989) and faculty member (1998-2005), served as the seminary’s rector for six years, from August 2006 until May 2012. His tenure included significant advancements, including a forty-year-high in seminarian enrollment.

Many friends from Michigan and the seminary attended the installation. Cardinal Adam Maida and CardinalEdmund Szoka, and Archbishop Allen Vigneron, served as co-consecrators along with other bishops and archbishops.