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

July 2014 Schedule
July 1                       
Presentation of Serra Club Gift for Seminarian Education Fund, Catholic Center, 11 a.m.
July 2                       
Closing Mass for Youth Leadership Workshop, Camp Hillmont, 12 p.m.
July 5                       
Silver Jubilee Mass, Chapel of  St. Cecilia, 10:30 a.m.
July 9                       
Mass for the Thomistic Institute’s Priesthood Conference, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 9 a.m.
July 10           
Mass & Breakfast Meeting with the Catholic Business League, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7 a.m.
Nashville’s 2nd Annual Iftar Celebration, Music City Center, 7 p.m.
July 11           
Mass & Celebration for Father Fowlkes’s 25th Ordination Anniversary, Our Lady of the Lake Church, Hendersonville, 7 p.m.
July 13           
Mass for “Ignite Your Torch” Catholic Youth Conference, Springfield, KY, 11 a.m.
July 15           
Yes on 1 Rally, The Home of Bill & Marie Bellet, 6689 Clearbrook Dr., 7 p.m.
July 16           
Catholic Center Staff Social, Catholic Center, 12 p.m.
July 17           
Meeting with Parish Building Committee, Holy Family Church, Lafayette, 6 p.m.
July 18 - 19           
2014 Church Teaches Forum, Sponsored by Eternal Life, Louisville, KY
July 20            
Mass for the Mid-South Regional Charismatic Conference, St. Ignatius Church, Antioch, 9 a.m.
July 22           
Tribunal, Catholic Center, 11 a.m.
July 25           
Profession of Final Vows, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 9:30 a.m.
July 26           
Priestly Ordinations, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 10 a.m.
July 28           
Profession of First Vows, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 9:30 a.m.
July 29 - 31           
Catholic Leadership Institute Workshop, Charlotte, NC

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