|Father Ryan High School President Jim McIntyre announced on Friday, Jan. 29 that the school’s annual Christian Service Awards will be renamed in honor of Bishop David Choby, a 1965 graduate of the school. Senior Gina Schmid presents the first Bishop R. David Christian Service Awards to the bishop. Photo by Andy Telli
In honor of the upcoming 10th anniversary of Bishop David Choby’s ordination as a bishop and his installation as the Bishop of Nashville, his alma mater, Father Ryan High School, has renamed the awards given to graduating seniors in recognition of their service to others in his honor.
The change in the name of the awards to the Bishop David R. Choby ’65 Christian Service Awards was announced on Friday, Jan. 29, during a school Mass celebrated by the bishop.
“We wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all he has done and continues to do to lead our diocese, to be a powerful voice for vocations, to strengthen Catholic education and to inspire our community to be good servants of Christ,” Father Ryan President Jim McIntyre said.
“One of the aspects of our Catholic faith that has been a hallmark of the bishop’s message is his belief in the power of service to change the lives of those who are served and to change the lives of those who serve,” McIntyre said. “That belief, that tradition, was formed in him by his parents and by his education in Catholic schools, and it is a fundamental part of the experience each of you enjoys here at Father Ryan.”
On behalf of the school, senior Gina Schmid, a graduate of Christ the King School who has been involved in numerous service activities during her time at Father Ryan, presented Bishop Choby with the first Bishop David R. Choby ’65 Christian Service Award at the end of the Mass, which was celebrated at the cusp of Catholic Schools Week this year.
“I can’t think of a way that pleases me more for the school to remember my time here … than to have my work among you, and with you, associated with your service,” Bishop Choby told the assembled students, faculty and staff. “You’re carrying on a wonderful tradition.”
The bishop urged the students to continue in a life of service. “Whatever gifts and unique talents God has given you, embrace them and develop them … so you enrich the lives of others,” he said.
Father Ryan High School President Jim McIntyre announced on Friday, Jan. 29 that the school’s annual Christian Service Awards will be renamed in honor of Bishop David Choby, a 1965 graduate of the school. Senior Gina Schmid presents the first Bishop R. David Christian Service Awards to the bishop. Photo by Andy Telli
Bishop to mark 10th anniversary with Mass
Bishop David Choby will mark the 10th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop and his installation as the Bishop of Nashville by celebrating Mass at the Cathedral of the Incarnation at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend the Mass to mark the anniversary with the bishop.
Bishop Choby was ordained a bishop at the Cathedral on Feb. 27, 2006. At the same Mass, he was installed as the 11th Bishop of Nashville. He was the second native of the diocese to become its bishop, following Bishop James Niedergeses.
Bishop Choby was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 6, 1974, by Bishop Joseph Durick at St. Henry Church.
After Bishop Kmiec was appointed Bishop of Buffalo in the fall of 2004, the diocesan College of Consultors elected then-Father Choby, pastor of St. John Vianney Church in Gallatin, as Diocesan Administrator. His appointment as bishop by Pope Benedict XVI was announced in December 2005, and his episcopal ordination and installation followed two months later.