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Sep 23, 2013 3:41 PM by AP

Pope names new Houma-Thibodaux bishop

HOUMA, La. (AP) - Pope Francis has named a new Houma-Thibodaux bishop.

Shelton 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 throughout Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption.

Bishop Glen John Provost of Lake Charles congratulated Fabre on the appointment.

"Bishop Fabre will be a devoted shepherd for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux," Provost said. "The Diocese of Lake Charles joins me in offering Bishop Fabre our heartfelt prayers for the success of his episcopal ministry and Bishop Jacobs our congratulations on the occasion of his retirement. May God continue to prosper their work in the vineyards of the Lord."

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