YOUTH: Got a Question? Ask The Bishop!

posted Mar 7, 2013, 11:36 AM by Joseph Schmidt   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 11:39 AM ]
From the Steubenville Register ...

STEUBENVILLE — If you are in kindergarten through 12th grade, you are receiving a special invitation from Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton. The bishop wants you to “Ask the Bishop.”

“Ask the Bishop” is a question and answer format, which will become a regular feature in The Steubenville Register and appear on the diocesan website,

As one of his initiatives after being named the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, Bishop Monforton developed his idea for “Ask the Bishop” with the assistance of chancery staff. The questions and answers will be routed through the diocesan Office of Christian Formation and Schools. Anyone in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in the Diocese of Steubenville, can submit a question, dealing with faith, to the bishop.

When the young ask questions, it shows they are taking their faith seriously, Bishop Monforton said of his “Ask the Bishop” initiative. With the start of Lent, perhaps students have questions on those 40 days, suggested Paul D. Ward, director, Office of Christian Formation and Schools.

However, there is no deadline for submission of a question from parochial, public, home schooled and parish school of religion students in the diocese, he stressed.

To submit a 300-character question, log on There, a form is displayed that asks for the student’s name and home telephone number; and his or her parents’ or guardians’ name and email address. In addition, students must list their grade level and address, as well as their school and parish. The form then provides space for the question to be posed. Three questions from grade levels will be given initially to the bishop for his written responses.

For anyone who does not have access to a computer, questions can be submitted, in writing, to the Office of Christian Formation and Schools, 422 Washington St., P.O. Box 969, Steubenville, OH 43952; attention Joseph M. Taylor.

The student’s name, home telephone number, grade level, school and parish; as well as his or her parents’ or guardians’ name and address, must be listed. If a student’s question is selected for the bishop to answer, Taylor, catechetical consultant in the Office of Christian Formation and Schools, will contact the student’s parent or guardian for verification and affirmation.

Even if a submitted question is not selected immediately to be answered, it is possible that it still could be picked later for a written, published response by Bishop Monforton, Ward said. Too, he stressed that questions should pertain to the faith and Christian lifestyle, and not be personal.

The first “Ask the Bishop” is expected to be printed in the March 15 Register and appear online that same day.