Archbishop of Louisville appointed by Pope to temporarily oversee Diocese of Knoxville

WLKY [Louisville, KY]

June 28, 2023

By Curadhan Powell

he head of the Archdiocese of Louisville is taking on a new role in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis appointed Shelton Fabre to temporarily run the diocese of Knoxville in Tennessee.

He replaces Bishop Richard Stika until a permanent successor is named.

Stika, 65, resigned Tuesday following allegations that he mishandled sexual abuse allegations.

In a statement, Louisiana native Fabre said he will distribute his time between Louisville and Knoxville, but he acknowledges it will impact his presence at events and celebrations in Louisville.

Fabre was installed as Archbishop of Louisville in March of last year and is the 10th bishop and fifth archbishop to lead it.