The Most Reverend David R. Choby
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
- Mass for the Catholic Men of Faith Conference, St. Philip, Franklin, 8:30 a.m.
- Mass and Retirement Celebration for Monsignor George E. Schmidt, The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Chattanooga, 5:30 p.m.
- Confirmation for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Patrick McEwen, St. Christopher, & St. Catherine Columbia, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2:30 p.m.
- Pastors and Principals Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
- Ash Wednesday Mass, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
- Ash Wednesday Mass and private premier of “Bernadette of Lourdes,” JPII High School, 4:30 p.m.
- Christian Faith Development Advisory Board Meeting, Belmont University, 11:30 a.m.
- President's Advisory Council Meeting, Aquinas College, 12 p.m.
- Mass for Men’s Cursillo, Camp Marymount, Fairview, 7 a.m.
- First Sunday of Lent Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 11 a.m.
- Rite of Election, St. Henry Church, 3 p.m.
- Tribunal, Catholic Center, 11 a.m.
- Reception, Dinner and Penance Service, Immaculate Conception Church, Clarksville, 5 p.m.
- Welcome Remarks at IHM Tennessee Homeschool & Parent Conference, Aquinas College, 12 p.m.
- Mass, followed by the Legacy Club Dinner, St. Patrick Church, McEwen, 5 p.m.
- Mass for Women’s Cursillo, Camp Marymount, Fairview, 7 a.m.
- Priests’ Assembly, Mercy Convent, 11:30 a.m.
- RCIA Talk, St. Henry Church, 7 p.m.
- Tennessee Senate Opening Invocation, Legislative Plaza, 9 a.m.
- Finance Board Meeting, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
- Mass for the National Association of Catholic Nurses, St. Cecilia Academy, 7:15 a.m.
- Mass, followed by Dinner for the Knights of Columbus, St. Stephen Church, Old Hickory, 5 p.m.
- GSO Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
- Visit with the 2nd Graders of Holy Rosary Academy, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 9 a.m.
- Youth Art Reception, St. Cecilia Academy, 6 p.m.
- Theology Class Talk, Father Ryan High School, 8:30 a.m.
- Opening of The Ladies of Charity Thrift Shop, 9 a.m.
- Mass, followed by Dinner, Knights of Columbus, Donelson, 6 p.m.
- Confirmation, Immaculate Conception Church, Clarksville, 2:30 p.m.
- Confirmation for St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine, McMinnville, St. Andrew, St. Gregory, Divine Savior, & Our Lady of Lourdes, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2:30 p.m.