The Most Reverend David R. Choby, D.D., J.C.L.


The Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville
The Catholic Center
2400 Twenty-first Avenue South
Nashville, TN. 37212


Bishop Choby was born in Nashville and baptized in the Cathedral of Incarnation where he was ordained a bishop. He 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, graduating from Father Ryan High School in 1965.

After spending one year at Aquinas College in Nashville, he entered the seminary at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa. He also studied at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., before being ordained as a priest on Sept. 6, 1974 by Bishop Joseph A. Durick at St. Henry Church in Nashville.

He has served a number of assignments in the Diocese of Nashville. He was associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Madison, administrator of St. Ann Parish, and spent three years in residence at Christ the King Parish while working at the diocesan tribunal. From 1989 until his ordination as bishop, he served as pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Gallatin, where he has been active in the community and in the local ministerial association.

Bishop Choby holds a Canon Law degree from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and has worked at the diocesan tribunal throughout most of his priesthood. He was on the faculty of The Pontifical College Josephinum, a seminary in Columbus, Ohio between 1984 and 1989. He currently serves on the seminary’s board. He has served two five-year terms on the diocese’s Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors.

Bishop Choby was elected as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Nashville by the diocesan College of Consultors in 2004 after Bishop Kmiec, was installed as the Bishop of Buffalo. Bishop Choby was installed fourteen months later as the 11th bishop of Nashville on Feb. 27, 2006. He is only the second priest of the diocese’s 169-year history to be tapped as its bishop; the others have all come from outside the diocese.


Bishop David R. Choby's November 2014 Schedule

November 7                 
Veterans Day Breakfast, Father Ryan High School, 7 a.m.
November 8                 
White Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 5 p.m.
November 9 - 13       
USCCB Conference, Baltimore, MD
November 14 - 15           
Ordination at Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, Texas
November 16   
Mass for the Deacons’ Retreat, Montgomery Bell State Park, 10 a.m.
November 18           
Presbyteral Council Meeting, Mercy Convent, 10 a.m.
Priests’ Assembly, Mercy Convent, 11:30 a.m.
November 19           
Advanced Accreditation Visit, Catholic Schools Office, 11:30 a.m.
Catholic Business Women’s League, University Club, 5:30 p.m.
November 20 - 21           
Evaluations and Seminary Visit, Notre Dame Seminary
November 22           
Christmas at Belmont Concert, Massey Hall at Belmont University, 7 p.m.
November 23           
Christ the King Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m.
November 26           
Thanksgiving Lunch for Staff, Catholic Center, 12 p.m.
November 30           
1st Sunday of Advent Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m.

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