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We Have a New Bishop!

Meet Scalabrinian Father, Bishop-Elect Jacques Fabre

Pope Francis has appointed Father Jacques E. 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.

Bishop-elect Fabre will succeed Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, DD, who has served as the Bishop of Charleston since March 2009.

“As Bishop of Charleston, it has been a pleasure to serve the faithful in South Carolina. Together, we have served the less fortunate, developed new programs, opened additional schools and outreach centers and built new churches,” said Bishop Guglielmone. “There is so much more to be done, and I’m more than confident that Bishop-elect Fabre will serve our diocese well in the upcoming years.”

Bishop-elect Fabre will be ordained and installed on May 13. The Miscellany will cover his life, ministry and ordination in upcoming editions.

¡Tenemos un nuevo obispo!