STEUBENVILLE - A 49-year-old priest from Rochester, Mich., has been named the next bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Steubenville.
Vatican Radio reported early this morning Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Monsignor Marc Jeffrey Monforton to fill the vacancy created one year ago when Bishop R. Daniel Conlon was appointed bishop of the Joliet, Ill., diocese.
Monforton currently serves as pastor of the St. Andrew Catholic parish in Rochester.
The new bishop was ordained a priest for the Detroit Archdiocese in 1994 and has served as in various capacities for the archdiocese.
Monforton recently served six years as rector of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Michigan.
Monsignor Kurt Kemo has been serving as administrator of the diocese since Conlon left for his new assignment in July 2011.
The diocesan communications office scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. today to announce the new bishop.
Read today's edition of the Herald-Star for more details about the new bishop.