Steubenville, Columbus Dioceses to Resume Merger Talks

About a year after the former bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, publicly announced that a merger with the neighboring Diocese of Columbus was being discussed, generating swift backlash from local priests and laity, the two dioceses have announced that merger talks have resumed.

Bishop of Steubenville Says All Options ‘On the Table’ for Future of Diocese

Months after Bishop Jeffrey Monforton announced his desire for the Diocese of Steubenville in Ohio to merge with the Diocese of Columbus, causing a stir that resulted in the canceling of a U.S. bishops’ vote on the idea, he says every option is still on the table but by no means is a merger inevitable.