Pope Francis has appointed Father Jacques Fabre, CS, as the 14th Bishop of Charleston. Bishop-elect Fabre is a member of the religious order the Missionaries of St. Charles, or Scalabrinian Fathers.
“I am humbled to be named Bishop of Charleston and look forward to serving the people of South Carolina,” said Bishop-elect Fabre. “As shepherd, it is my hope to work together to strengthen our Church and project God’s love to all who we encounter.”
Bishop-elect Fabre was born on Nov. 13, 1955, in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. He immigrated to New York City and completed his secondary education. He joined the Scalabrinians and took first vows in 1982, and was ordained a priest Oct. 10, 1986.
Over the past 35 years, Bishop-elect Fabre has served in many places — such as Cuba, Colombia, Rome and the Dominican Republic — and in a variety of roles. He was serving as administrator of Mission San Felipe de Jesus in Forest Park, Ga., when he received the call to become the Bishop of Charleston. He speaks five languages including English, Spanish, Italian, French and Creole.
Please join us in praying for his ministry:
God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, Jacques, to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Amen.
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