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 September 2014 Schedule

September 2                       
GSO Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
September 3
Opening Mass, Father Ryan High School, 9:10 a.m.
Newly Ordained Priests Gathering, Cathedral of the Incarnation Rectory, 5 p.m.
September 6                       
40th Anniversary of Bishop Choby’s Ordination to the Priesthood
Syro Malabar Mass, Church of the Assumption, 10 a.m.
Italian Lights Mass, St. Pius X Church, 5:30 p.m.
September 7                       
Mass, St. Joseph Church, Madison, 8 a.m.
Groundbreaking Ceremony, Mass, and Banquet, Aquinas College, 4 p.m.
September 8                       
Pontifical College Josephinum Executive Board Telephonic Meeting, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
September 9                       
Presbyteral Council Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
September 14           
Mass, followed by Dedication of the Parish Hall, Holy Family Church, Brentwood, 8 a.m.
Mass, 11 a.m., followed by Groundbreaking Ceremony at 1 p.m., Church of the Nativity, Spring Hill
September 15           
Legacy Mass, St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Church, 6:30 p.m.
September 16           
Tribunal, Catholic Center, 11 a.m.
USCCB Safe Environment Audit, Catholic Center, 2 p.m.
September 20           
Breakfast Meeting at Bishop's home with Haitian Cardinal Langlois, 9 a.m.
September 21           
Men’s Cursillo Mass, Camp Marymount, 7 a.m.
Mass and Welcome to San Gennaro Music Festival, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m.
September 22           
Votive Mass for Benedictine Benefactors Day, St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Alabama, 11:30 a.m.
Meeting with with Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, 5:30 p.m.
September 23           
Mass with Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 12:10 p.m.
Priests’ Assembly & Luncheon with Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Fleming Center, 1:30 p.m.
Mass with Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, St. Patrick Church, 7:30 p.m.
September 24           
School Board Orientation, Christ the King Church Parish Life Center, 7 p.m.
September 26           
Finance Board Meeting, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
Annual Catechetical Conference Leaders Dinner, Embassy Suites, Franklin-Cool Springs, 6:30 p.m.
September 27           
Mass for the Annual Catechetical Conference, Embassy Suites Franklin-Cool Springs, 8:30 a.m.
Catholic Center Staff Picnic, Home of Mel Harders, 2 p.m.
K of C Divine Mercy Assembly 4th Degree Exemplification Banquet, Holy Family Church, Brentwood, 7:30 p.m.
September 28           
Depart for Rome for Diaconate Ordination of Andrew Bulso; followed by Personal Vacation, 12:45 p.m.

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