NEW ORLEANS – Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans Shelton Fabre the Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Monday morning.
Fabre replaces current Bishop Sam Jacobs, who is retiring at the mandatory church retirement age of 75. As is custom, the pope accepted his retirement and appointed Fabre as his successor.
For the past six years, Bishop Fabre has served as Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans. A native of New Roads, Louisiana, he was ordained in Baton Rouge and served a variety of roles in that diocese before coming to New Orleans. He will now lead the Houma-Thibodaux diocese's approximately 125,000 Catholics.
In a statement, Archbishop Gregory Aymond called Fabre a “true brother in ministry.”
"He has been a great coworker in the ministry of this archdiocese, and I have a great deal of respect for him and for the way in which he lives out his ministry as a bishop,” said Archbishop Aymond. “I will sincerely miss him and our ministry together. At the same time, the people of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux are very blessed to receive a loving and gentle shepherd who will walk with them and lead them in the ways of Christ."
Bishop Fabre will be installed as Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux at a Mass on Oct. 30 at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma, the Archdiocese of New Orleans news release said.