Most Reverend Gilbert I. Sheldon

Third Bishop of Steubenville 1992-2002

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The Third Bishop of Steubenville

Gilbert Igmatius Sheldon was born September 20, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Ignatius P. and Stephanie J. (Olszewski) Sheldon (both deceased). He is one of 12 children.

He attended Saint Philip Neri Elementary, Cleveland Ohio; Cathedral Latin High School, Cleveland Ohio; John Carroll University, Cleveland Ohio; Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio (Master of Divinity); The Ohio Consortium of Seminaries (Doctor of Ministry); Honorary Doctorate: Wheeling Jesuit College West Virginia and Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio.

On  February 28, 1953 he was ordained to the priesthood  by Archbishop Edward F. Hoban and  to Episcopacy, June 11, 1976, by Bishop James A. Hickey

Assignments After Ordination to Priesthood:
Father Sheldon was associate pastor of  Saint Rose Church in  Cleveland, Ohio, Saint Clare, Lyndhurst, SS Philip and James, Cleveland Ohio. He served as diocesan director of the  Society for the Propagation of the Faith, chaplain at Magnificat High School, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin, Ohio; Episcopal Vicar, Lorain County; notary for the diocesan Tribunal; prosynodal judge in the Diocesan Tribunal. He was a member of the academic board at  Saint Mary Seminary, a member of the board of trustee at Borromeo College; instructor at Saint John College, chaplain for Serra West, chaplain of the West Park Knights of Columbus.

Assignments as Bishop:
Bishop Sheldon was vicar for Marriage and Family Concerns (1976); vicar of  Summit County (1978); vicar of the  Southern Region (1979) for the Diocese of Cleveland. He was installed Bishop of Steubenville April 2, 1992 and retired August 6, 2002

Diocesan Boards:
Father Sheldon served on the following: Diocesan Presbyteral Council; Pro-synodal Judge (Second Instance Court); Board of trustees for Saint Mary Seminary; Diocesan Health Insurance Advisory Board; (formerly:) Board of Trustees, Borromeo College; Academic Board, Saint Mary Seminary; Diocesan Consultors; Board of Trustees; Catholic Charities Corporation.

National Boards:
Bishops' Committee for Latin America; Administrative Committee, NCCB/USCC; National Advisory Council; Bishops' Committee for Missions; National Board, Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Community Boards:
International Chemical Workers Advisory Board; Akron U. Clergy Economic Advisory Board; Summit Mental Health Advisory Board; Summit Chapter, National Cancer Society; Goals for Greater Akron.

Knights of Columbus, Order of Alhambra, Catholic War Veterans, American Legion, Rotary Club, Serra Club of Steubenville

Travels include 23 countries in five continents: Military Service: U.S. Army, Air Force, WW II; principal lay occupation: machinist; hobbies: golf, astronomy, photography, history.
Bishop Sheldon, though retired, still remains active by assisting in parishes when needed; he serves as Judge of the First Instance and Judge of the Second Instance in the diocesan office of Church Law. He was invested into the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Bishop Sheldon was also a 2014 Caritas Honoree. He resides in Steubenville.