By the Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and named Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, southeastern Louisiana, as his successor.
Archbishop Fabre, 58, is one of 12 Catholic prelates in the US Catholic Church and will be the first black archbishop of Louisville. The new archbishop has been in charge of the diocese of Louisiana since 2013. He previously served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 2006 to 2013. He is chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism of American Bishops.
Archbishop Kurtz turned 75 on August 18, 2021, and, as required by canon law, resigned as pope when he turned 75. He has been leading the Archdiocese of Louisville since August 2007.
The changes were announced on February 8 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio.