David Choby

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His Excellency

David Raymond Choby

D.D., J.C.L.
11th Bishop of Nashville
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See Nashville
Installed February 27, 2006
Predecessor Edward U. Kmiec
Successor incumbent
Orders
Ordination September 6, 1974
Consecration February 27, 2006
Personal details
Born (1947-01-17) January 17, 1947 (age 67)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality  American
Denomination Roman Catholic
Residence Hendersonville, Tennessee
Parents Raymond & Rita Choby
Previous post • Board of Trustees, Pontifical College Josephinum (Incumbent)
• Diocesan Administrator (2004-06)
• Pastor, St. John Vianney Parish (1989-2004)
• Member, Diocesan Tribunal (1986-89)
• Administrator, St. Ann Parish (1983-86)
• Associate pastor, St. Joseph's-in-Madison Parish (1978-83)
Alma mater Father Ryan High School
Aquinas College
St. Ambrose College
Catholic University of America
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)
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Styles of
David Raymond Choby
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style N/A

David Raymond Choby (born January 17, 1947) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the 11th and current Bishop of Nashville, having previously served as Diocesan Administrator (2004–2006).

Early life[edit]

Bishop Choby was born in Nashville and baptized in the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation, where he would eventually be consecrated a bishop.

Choby is the son of Raymond and Rita Choby, both deceased. He has one sister, Diane C. Dyche of Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Catholic schools growing up, and he graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1965.

Education and ordination[edit]

After spending one year at Aquinas College in Nashville, Bishop Choby entered the seminary at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. Later, he studied at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Choby received the Sacrament of Holy Orders and was ordained a priest on September 6, 1974, by Joseph A. Durick, Bishop of Nashville at St. Henry Church in Belle Meade.

Service as a priest[edit]

Bishop Choby served a number of assignments in the Diocese of Nashville before being consecrated bishop.

He was associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Madison, administrator of St. Ann Parish in Nashville, and spent three years in residence at Christ the King Parish in Nashville while working at the Diocesan Tribunal.

From 1989 until his ordination as bishop, Bishop Choby was the parish pastor at St. John Vianney Parish in Gallatin, where he was active in the community and in the local ministerial association.

Canon lawyer and professor[edit]

Bishop Choby is and alumnus of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum in Rome where he earned a Canon Law degree. He served as a member of the Diocesan Tribunal throughout most of his priesthood, prior to becoming bishop. He also has served two five-year terms on the diocese’s Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors.

From 1984 to 1989, Bishop Choby was on the faculty of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a prestigious seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Since becoming bishop, Bishop Choby has been a member of the seminary’s board of trustees.

Appointment and consecration as bishop[edit]

Sede vacante[edit]

On August 12, 2004, Pope John Paul II appointed the 10th Bishop of Nashville, Edward U. Kmiec, as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York. Bishop Choby, then a priest in diocese of Nashville, was elected Diocesan Administrator by the Diocesan College of Consultors.

Appointment as bishop[edit]

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Nashville on December 20, 2005. He is only the second priest of the diocese since it was founded in 1837 to be tapped as its bishop; the others have all come from outside the diocese.

Bishop Choby was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Nashville on February 27, 2006, in the Cathedral Church of the Incarnation. The principal consecrator was Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky.

Bishop Choby chose as his episcopal motto: "That We May Live," a quotation from the Fourth Eucharistic Prayer.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward Urban Kmiec
Bishop of Nashville
2006–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent