Pope names Fabre as new Houma-Thibodaux bishop Pope names Fabre as new Houma-Thibodaux bishop Advocate story Sept. 24, 2013 Comments HOUMA, La. (AP) — Pope Francis has named New Roads native Shelton Joseph Fabre as the new Houma-Thibodaux bishop. Fabre, auxiliary bishop of New Orleans for the past six years, will be installed at a Mass Oct. 30 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma. The Archdiocese of New Orleans made the announcement Monday. Fabre replaces Bishop Sam Jacobs, who has reached the Catholic Church’s mandatory retirement age of 75. As bishop, Fabre will serve as the spiritual leader and top administrator of a diocese that claims a membership of about 125,000 Catholics in the civil parishes of Terrebonne and Lafourche and parts of St. Mary, Jefferson, St. Martin and Assumption, according to The Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux website. Fabre served several years as a priest in Baton Rouge before his appointment as auxillary bishop in New Orleans.