Former Bishop Daniel Conlon left last July to take the position as a bishop in Illinois. Conlon did much for the diocese and Monforton said he plans to continue doing the same.
“I certainly don’t wish to deviate from that, but certainly to continue on assessing and being proactive in making certain the churches themselves are as welcoming and accessible as possible to people,” he said.
(NB: News article is two months old)
Some biographical details about the new bishop
On June 25, 1994, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit, by Archbishop Adam Maida. Following his ordination, he served in the Archdiocese of Detroit as associate pastor at the National Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, from 1994-96, while also serving the faculty at the parish high school for two academic years in the department of religion.
For seven years, from 1998-2005, he served as the personal priest secretary to Cardinal Maida. During that time, he, also, was a member of the Sacred Heart Major Seminary faculty and assisted weekends at St. Paul on the Lake, Grosse Pointe Farms, and St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Sterling Heights.
On July 1, 2005, he was named pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Church, Shelby Township, Mich., and that same year was conferred the title of monsignor by Pope Benedict.
In addition, he was named as an apostolic visitor by the Congregation for Catholic Education to participate in the recent apostolic visitation of U.S. seminaries and houses of formation for the academic year, 2005-06.
Bishop Monforton recently completed a six year term as rector of Sacred Heart Seminary.