HOUMA — Hundreds of people attended a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales in Houma, where Bishop Shelton Fabre (fah-BRAY’) formally accepted the responsibility to guide the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux’s 126,000 Catholics.
Wednesday’s installation was attended by church leaders including the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano; New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and 23 other bishops.
The diocese encompasses 39 Catholic churches and 13 Catholic schools.
The 50-year-old Fabre, formerly a priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge and auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, replaces Bishop Sam Jacobs, who reached the Catholic Church’s mandatory retirement age of 75. Jacobs served as Houma-Thibodaux’s bishop for a decade.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com