Fr. Jonathan McElhone, TOR, Associate Director of the Priestly Discernment Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Fr Jonathan McElhone TOR

    Father Jonathan McElhone, TOR

    Associate Director of the Priestly Discernment Program

    About Father Jonathan

    Father Jonathan McElhone, TOR was born and raised near Delhi, Ontario Canada, the middle of three children and grew up working on the family farm. After a three year college program in Electro-Mechanical Engineering - Robotics and Automation, he spent two years serving as a missionary with NET Ministry (National Evangelization Teams) located in St. Paul MN. Moving back to Ontario, he volunteered with parish youth groups and worked for three years as an industrial electrician in an automotive factory.

    In 2002 he left his job to study at Franciscan University of Steubenville OH while immersed in the priestly discernment program. After completing a BA in philosophy and a minor in theology in 2005, he was accepted and started formation in Loretto, PA with the Franciscan Friars TOR – Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Two years later, on July 7, 2007 (that’s right 07-07-07) he professed first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and then started formal seminary studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He professed solemn vows in July 15, 2011.

    On Nov. 26 2011 he was ordained a transitional deacon at which time he served at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, MD. After concluding studies with a Masters of Divinity (M-Div) and graduating in May of 2012 from CUA he moved to Good Shepherd Catholic Community (GSCC) in Fort Worth, Texas to serve as a deacon until his priestly ordination by Bishop Kevin Vann which took place on Nov. 3, 2012. Fr. Jonathan remained at GSCC as Parochial Vicar through June 2017 after which time he returned to minister at Franciscan University.

    A unique fact about him is that the first time he came to Franciscan University was back in 1991 for a summer youth conference, before even the fieldhouse existed! Fr. Jonathan is very excited to be back on campus to serve in a place that has been pivotal as well as inspirational for his own faith.


    Current hobbies include cycling (mountain and road) as well as playing guitar and singing. He also enjoys NASCAR, ultimate Frisbee and hiking, as well as a host of other sports and outdoor activities. One of his favorite scripture verses is Phil 4:4-7 which starts off with: “Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again: rejoice….” Feel free to ask him why he likes it so much. May our Lord bless you abundantly!


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