WASHINGTON (USCCB) – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has appointed New Roads native Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux to serve as chair of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. The appointment was made following the resignation of Bishop George Murry SJ of Youngstown, Ohio, previous chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, after his diagnosis with a form of acute Leukemia.  

“Our most heartfelt prayers are with Bishop Murry and his loved ones,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “We ask all people of faith to join us in praying for his full recovery.  I am grateful to Bishop Fabre for his dedication and commitment to now lead the work of the Ad Hoc Committee.”  

Bishop Fabre will serve as chair of the committee for the remainder of Bishop Murry’s term. Bishop Fabre currently serves as chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs.  He has been a member of that committee since 2010 and a member of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the church since 2013.  

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Bishop Shelton J. Fabre

Bishop Fabre was born Oct. 25, 1963 in New Roads. He was ordained a priest on Aug. 5, 1989, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Feb. 28, 2007, and bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on Sept. 23, 2013.

Bishop Fabre is a 4th Degree Knight of St. Peter Claver and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. ​