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 December 2014 Schedule

December 1 - 3       
Province Meeting, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
December 3             
Presbyteral Council Meeting, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 10 a.m.
December 5             
Finance Board Meeting, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
Bishop’s Appreciation Dinner, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, 6 p.m.
December 7             
Nigerian Catholic Community 10th Anniversary Celebration, St. Edward Church, 2 p.m.
December 8
Christmas at the Cathedral, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7:30 p.m.
December 9              
GSO Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
Catholic Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Board Meeting, Catholic Center, 4 p.m.
Christmas at the Cathedral, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 7:30 p.m.
December 10
The Melchizedek Project, Father Ryan High School, 6 p.m.
December 11           
Pastors and Principals Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m.
Catholic Media Productions Banquet, St. Ann Church, 6 p.m.
December 12
Catholic Charities Prayer Service and Christmas Lunch, Holy Name Church, 11:30 a.m.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 8 p.m.
December 13
Father Ryan Class of 1965 Christmas Dinner, Donelson Knights of Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
December 17           
Christmas Party for the Priests, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Fleming Center, 6 p.m.
December 18           
Family Advent Mass, Overbrook School, 5:30 p.m.
December 19
Christmas Mass and Brunch for Staff, Catholic Center, 9 a.m.
Serra Club “Vocations in Progress” Mass & Dinner, Christ the King Church, 5:30 p.m.
December 20
Seminarian Christmas Brunch by the Nashville DCCW, Church of the Assumption, 10 a.m.
Diaconate Community Christmas Party, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Fleming Center, 6 p.m.
December 24
Midnight Mass, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 12 a.m.

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