NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The head of the Catholic Diocese in Nashville, Bishop David Choby, died Saturday night at a Nashville hospital.
A Diocese spokesman said Bishop Choby passed away at Saint Thomas West where he was receiving treatment for injuries he suffered in a fall at his home in February. He was 70 years old.
The bishop developed serious recurring blood infections and had a procedure Thursday to remove his pacemaker and internal defibrillator along with their leads.
Complications from the infection resulted in his death at about 10 p.m.
“Bishop Choby was certainly very popular among the Nashville Catholic community. We’ve heard many expressions of how much people loved him, and how much people had personal experiences of interactions at happy and sad times in their lives. And Bishop Choby as a pastor very much had an ability to be present to people and minister to them directly,” said Director of Communications for Diocese of Nashville Rick Musacchio.
Bishop Choby was born in Nashville and baptized in the Cathedral of Incarnation where he was ordained a bishop.
He served a number of assignments in the Diocese of Nashville, including associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Madison and pastor of St. John Vianney Parish in Gallatin.
Bishop Choby was elected as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Nashville in 2004
He is the first bishop of Nashville to die while in office since Bishop Alphonse J. Smith in 1935.
From 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, visitation will be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation – concluding with Office of the Dead at 7:30 p.m.
From 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday, a visitation will be held at St. John Vianney – concluding with the recitation of the rosary followed by a covered dish dinner.
Saturday 10:30 a.m, Sagrado Corazon at the Catholic Pastoral Center will hold the funeral Mass celebration. The burial will be 3:00 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Diocese of Nashville’s Seminarian Education Fund.