Most Reverend Jeffrey M. Monforton
COAT OF ARMS
The Fifth Bishop of Steubenville
Jeffrey Marc Monforton
Jeffrey Marc Monforton was born on May 5, 1963 in Detroit to Marc Louis Monforton and Virginia Rose (Ackerman) Monforton. He is the eldest of three sons. David is the middle son and Daniel is the youngest.
Bishop Monforton attended Tinkham Elementary School in Westland, Michigan, followed by his attendance at John Marshall Junior High and graduation from Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, Michigan.
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton attended Wayne State University after which he entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary and subsequently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1989. While residing at the North American College in Rome he received his Bachelors in Sacred Theology (STB) in 1992 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Later, as a priest, he was awarded a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
On June 25, 1994, Bishop was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, by Archbishop Adam Maida.
Assignments after Ordination:
Following ordination, he served in the Archdiocese of Detroit as associate pastor at the National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, from 1994 through 1996. He also served on the faculty at the parish high school for two academic years in the Department of Religion.
Bishop Monforton served as personal priest secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida for seven years, from 1998-2005. In addition to his responsibilities to Cardinal Maida, since 2002, he was a member of the Sacred Heart Major Seminary faculty until 2012. Weekend assistant assignments included St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Pointe Farms, from 1998-2002 and St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Sterling Heights, from 2002-2005.
In April of 2005, he traveled with Cardinal Maida to the Vatican and remained there for the funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II, the conclave, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Monforton became pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church, Shelby Township, on July 1, 2005. Also in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI conferred the title of Monsignor upon him as Chaplain to His Holiness.
He was named an Apostolic Visitor by the Congregation for Catholic Education to participate in the recent Apostolic Visitation of United States' seminaries and houses of formation in the academic year of 2005-2006.
Bishop Monforton was a member of the Madonna University Board of Trustees from 2006 through 2012.
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton was named by Cardinal Maida the twelfth rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on August 24, 2006. He was formally installed as rector on October 29. Since 2008, he has been a Board Member of the American Friends of the Vatican Library.
He is a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus; he was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Chicago, Illinois on September of 2011.
Bishop Monforton concluded his six-year term as Sacred Heart's rector on May 5, 2012. He served as pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester, Michigan for only two short months before being named as the fifth Bishop of Steubenville.
On July 3, 2012 Monsignor Monforton was named as the fifth Bishop of Steubenville. He was ordained and installed as bishop on September 10, 2012.
Since his appointment as Bishop of Steubenville, he has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, November 2012, and November 2015, as a member of the development committee of the PNAC. Bishop Monforton also serves on the United States Conference of Bishops subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, also November 2012. He serves on the Board of Regents and the Priestly Formation Board at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Bishop Monforton was awarded on May 10, 2014 with an honorary doctorate in Sacred Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville
Bishop Monforton is an adjunct faculty member at Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a regular presenter on three different Catholic radio stations heard throughout the Ohio Valley and pens a monthly article started in 2012 entitled, “Ask the Bishop” in the diocesan newspaper, The Steubenville Register. The bishop also is on Twitter and Instagram, and blogs on certain occasions.