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Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre
Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana


Most Reverend Shelton Joseph FabreBorn October 25, 1963 in New Roads, Louisiana; the fifth of six children born to Luke (deceased September 2007) and Theresa Vallet Fabre; Siblings: Diane Marie, Luke III (deceased - 1973); Gerald Louis, Clyde Raymond (deceased - 1980); Angelo Gerard

Ordained a Roman Catholic Transitional Deacon on December 10, 1988 by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety at St. Jan-de-Doperkerk in Leuven, Belgium

Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on Saturday, August 5, 1989 by Bishop Stanley J. Ott at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, LA

Celebrated First Mass on Sunday, August 6, 1989 at 3:00 PM in St. Augustine Church, New Roads, Louisiana

Appointed Titular Bishop of Pudenziana and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans by Pope Benedict XVI on December 13, 2006.

Ordained Titular Bishop of Pudenziana and Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans, at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, in New Orleans, LA, on February 28, 2007

Ordained Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, October 30, 2013 at The Cathedral of Saint Francis de Sales, Houma


  • 1989 MA in Religious Studies from the Katholiek Universiteit to Leuven in Louvain, Belgium
  • 1987 BA in Religious Studies from the Katholiek Universiteit to Leuven in Louvain, Belgium
  • 1985 BA in History from St. Joseph Seminary-College in St. Benedict, LA
  • 1981 Graduated from Catholic High School Pointe Coupee in New Roads, LA

Ministerial Assignments

October 2013 Installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma
February 2007 - October 2013 Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New Orleans, LA
July 2004 - February 2007 Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Baton Rouge, LA
July 2004 - February 2007 Chaplain to St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, LA
2003 - Present Chairman of Pastoral Planning Committee of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
2002 - 2003 Dean of the Northwest Deanery of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
2000 - Present Member-At-Large of the Clergy Personnel Board of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
1999 - 2005 Clergy Representative to the Diocesan School Board of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
1999 - 2004 Member of the College of Consultors of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
1996 - 2004 Member At-Large of the Presbyteral Council of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
1996 - 2004 Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Grosse Tete, LA, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Maringouin, LA
1994 - Present Defender of the Bond for the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
1992 - 1996 Priests' Representative to Board of Redemptorist Diocesan Regional Catholic High School in Baton Rouge
1990 - 2005 Director, Office of Black Catholics of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, LA and Diocesan Liaison to Black Catholics
July 1995 - January 1996 Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge
1994 -1995 Associate Pastor of St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Baker, LA
August 1994- December 1994 Catholic Chaplain to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola
1992 - 1994 Associate Pastor of St. George Church in Baton Rouge
1989 - 1992 Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus Liguori Church in Greenwell Springs, LA

Other Assignments And Memberships

2006 FBI Baton Rouge Citizens Academy Graduate
2004 - 2007 Advisory Board Member for Catholic Community Services of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
2001 - 2004 Board Member of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

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