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 October 2014 Schedule

October 3 - 13           
Vacation, Italy
October 14 - 15           
Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
October 16                
DRE Meeting, Catholic Center, 10:30 a.m.
October 17           
Feast of St. Luke Vigil Mass and Dinner, St. Luke Church, Smyrna, 6 p.m.
October 18                       
Glenmary Home Missioners 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 p.m.
October 19                       
Glenmary Home Missioners 75th Anniversary Mass, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2 p.m.
October 20                       
Dinner for Board Members, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, 5 p.m.
October 21                       
Board Meeting, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, 8:30 a.m.
October 22                       
Dedication and Blessing of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Aquinas College, 12 p.m.
Celebration of Mission to Service, Hillwood Country Club, 5:30 p.m.
October 25                       
Harvest Festival Dinner, St. John Vianney Church, 6 p.m.
October 26                       
Scouting Mass, St. Matthew Church, 2:30 p.m.
October 27                       
Ascension Health Biannual Convocation Mass, followed by Dinner, Omni Hotel, 5:30 p.m.
October 29                       
Red Mass, St. Mary Church, 12:10 p.m.
October 30                       
Pastors and Administrators Meeting, Cathedral of the Incarnation, Fleming Center, 9 a.m.
October 31                       
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Investiture Weekend, Baltimore, Maryland


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