(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday named Bishop Shelton Fabre as the new Bishop
of Houma-Thibodaux in the United States. He replaces Bishop Sam G. Jacobs, whose resignation
the Holy Father accepted upon having reached the age limit.
J. Fabre was born in New Road, Louisiana, in the Diocese of Baton Rouge on 25 October
1963. He studied at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Saint Benedict Louisiana before
attaining his Baccalaureate and Master in Religious Studies at the Catholic University
of Louvain, Belgium.
He was ordained a priest of the diocese of Baton Rouge
on 5 August 1989.
As a priest of the diocese, he undertook the following pastoral
duties: Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish in Greenwell Springs (1989-1992);
Director of the Office of Black Catholics (1991-2004); Associate Pastor of St. George
Parish in Baton Rouge (1992-1994), of St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in Baker (1994-1995),
and of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge (1995-1996); Pastor of St. Joseph Parish
in Grosse Tete and of Immaculate Heart Parish in Maringouin (1996-2004); Defender
of the Bond for the Tribunal of Baton Rouge (1997-2006); Pastor of Sacred Heart of
Jesus Parish in Baton Rouge (2004-2006).
Fabre was named titular Bishop of
Pudenziana and Auxiliary Bishop for New Orleans on 13 December 2006, and was consecrated
the following 28 February.
From 2007 he has served as Vicar General of the
Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Bishop Fabre also serves at the U.S. Bishops’
Conference as President of the Subcommittee on African American Affairs.