Shelton Fabre

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Shelton Joseph Fabre
Bishop of Houma–Thibodaux
Archdiocese New Orleans
Diocese Houma–Thibodaux
Appointed September 23, 2013
Installed October 30, 2013
Predecessor Sam Jacobs
Ordination August 5, 1989
by Stanley Joseph Ott
Consecration February 28, 2007
by Alfred Clifton Hughes, John Ricard, and Robert William Muench
Personal details
Born (1963-10-25) October 25, 1963 (age 53)
New Roads, Louisiana
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
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Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Shelton Joseph Fabre is the bishop the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in the state of Louisiana in the United States of America. He is a native of Louisiana, having been born in New Roads on 25 October 1963.[1] Bishop Fabre is the second-youngest Catholic bishop in the United States.


Fabre attended local schools in New Roads for both primary and secondary school, graduating as valedictorian of Catholic High of Pointe Coupée in 1981. Subsequently, he entered Saint Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana. After completing his college studies there, he was sent abroad to The American College of Louvain, where he received additional priestly formation while studying at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from that university.[2]

Priest of Baton Rouge[edit]

He was ordained a priest on 5 August 1989 by Bishop Stanley Joseph Ott, for the diocese of Baton Rouge. Subsequently, he served in a variety of capacities within the diocese, including as pastor of the parishes of St. Joseph in Grosse Tete, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Maringouin and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Baton Rouge. He also served as parochial vicar of the parishes of St. George in Baton Rouge, St. Alphonsus Liguori in Greenwell Springs, St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, and St. Isidore the Farmer in Baker.[2]

Fabre was elected to serve on the diocesan Clergy Personnel Board and served as chair of the Pastoral Planning Committee of the diocese. He at various times took on the roles of chaplain to St. Joseph's Academy, head of the diocesan Office of Black Catholics, Dean of the Northwest Deanery. He also served as a member of the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, and the Diocesan School Board.[2] He served as a Defender of the Bond within the Diocesan Tribunal.

Episcopal career[edit]

On 13 December 2006, Fabre was appointed Titular Bishop of Pudentiana and auxiliary bishop of New Orleans by Pope Benedict XVI. He was consecrated as bishop on 28 February 2007 in New Orleans.[1] In the Archdiocese of New Orleans he served as Vicar General and as Moderator of the Curia.

On September 23, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Fabre as the new bishop to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana. He was installed during a Mass at his Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales on October 30, 2013. As bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, he leads 125,000 registered Catholics, 39 churches and a number of chapels, missions, and communities.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre". Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  2. ^ a b c "Special Report". National Black Catholic Congress. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  3. ^ Fabre, Shelton. "Pope names new bishop for Houma-Thibodaux". The Houma Courier. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sam Jacobs
Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
Succeeded by