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 August 2014 Schedule

August 4 - 7                       
Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, Orlando, Florida
August 8                       
Welcome to Archbishop Mar George Valiamattam of the Archdiocese of Tellicherry, Bishop Choby’s Residence
August 9                       
Installation Mass for Father Mark Nolte, St. Edward Church, 5 p.m.
August 10                       
Installation Masses for Father Mark Nolte, St. Edward Church, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m.
August 11–12
Provincial Meeting, Barren River, KY           
August 13-14           
Assumption Seminary 100th Anniversary Masses and Celebrations, San Antonio, TX                                   
August 15                       
Welcome to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Gaylord Opryland Conference Center, 6:30 p.m.
August 16                       
Knights of St. Peter Claver Prayer Breakfast and Meeting, St. Vincent Church, 9 a.m.
August 17-25           
August 26                       
Tribunal, Catholic Center, 11 a.m.
August 27                       
Swearing-In of Criminal Court Judges, AA Birch Building, 1:30 p.m.
August 28                       
Clergy Appreciation Dinner, St. Ann Church, 6 p.m.

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