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 Schedule

APRIL 2014 

April 1-4                   

  • Visits to Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, Texas and Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana 

April 5 

  • Mass for Catholic Women of Faith Conference, St. Philip Church, Franklin, 8:30 a.m. 
  • TSSAA Hall of Fame Induction for Willie Brown, Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, 12 p.m. 
  • Holy Rosary Academy Blue Ribbon Ball, Knights of Columbus Clubhouse, 6 p.m. 

April 6 

  • Welcome Mass for Freshmen, Father Ryan High School, 10 a.m. 
  • Confirmation for Sacred Heart, Loretto; Sacred Heart, Lawrenceburg; St. Anthony; St. William, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2:30 p.m.

April 8 

  • Presbyteral Council Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m. 
  • Deacon Candidate Interviews, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 p.m. 
  • Confirmation for Holy Rosary and St. Ann, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7 p.m. 

April 9 

  • Dinner Meeting with the St. Philip Finance Board, Franklin, 6:30 p.m. 

April 11 

  • Ordination for Transitional Deacons, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 10:30 a.m. 

April 12 

  • Dancing for Safe Haven Dinner, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 6:30 p.m. 

April 13

  • Palm Sunday Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m.

April 16

  • Chrism Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 6 p.m.

April 17 

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7 p.m.

April 18 

  • Passion of the Lord, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7 p.m. 

April 19

  • Easter Vigil Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7:30 p.m. 

April 20

  • Easter Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m. 

April 23

  • Catholic Center Staff Birthday Luncheon, Catholic Center, 12 p.m. 

April 24

  • Vocation Discernment Dinner, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 6 p.m. 

April 27 

  • Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m. 
  • Confirmation, Holy Family Church, Brentwood, 2:30 p.m. 

April 28

  • Rector’s Dinner, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, 6 p.m. 

April 29

  • Board Meeting, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, 8:30 a.m. 

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