Pope Francis has named a Haitian-born priest of the order as the new pastoral leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone introduced Father Jacques Fabre, CS, as the 14th Bishop of Charleston. He is a member of the religious order of the Missionaries of Saint-Charles (Scalabrinian Fathers).
“I am honored to be named Bishop of Charleston and look forward to serving the people of South Carolina,” Fabre said. “As a shepherd, I hope to work together to strengthen our church and project God’s love to everyone we meet.”
Fabre was born on November 13, 1955 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He immigrated to New York while in high school and graduated from high school. He joined the Order of Missionaries of St. Charles and took his first vows in 1982. Four years later, on October 10, 1986, he was ordained a priest in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past 35 years, Fabre has served in various locations and in a variety of roles:
• 1986-1990 – Our Lady of Guadalupe in Immokalee, Florida
• 1990-1991 – Parish Vicar at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Delrey Beach, Florida and IEPAL Refresher Course Social Communication and Inculturation of the Gospel in Colombia
• 1991-1992 – Ministry to Haitian refugees as chaplain in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
• 1992-2004 – Administrator of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
• 2004-2006 – Human mobility in Rome
• 2007-2008 – Parish Vicar at St. Joseph in Athens, Georgia
Since 2008, Fabre has served as administrator of Mission San Felipe de Jesus in Forest Park, Georgia. He speaks five languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French and Creole.
Fabre will succeed Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, 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 those less fortunate, developed new programs, opened additional schools and outreach centers, and built new churches,” Guglielmone said. “There is so much more to do and I am more than confident that Bishop-elect Fabre will serve our diocese well in the years to come”
Fabre will be installed as the 14th bishop of Charleston on April 29.