The Most Rev. James Niedergeses, bishop of Nashville from 1975 to 1992, said he was on hand when Choby was born at Saint Thomas Hospital. He was chaplain there then and spoke to the future priest's mother and prayed with the family.
The Vatican could not have made a better choice, Niedergeses said.
His only advice? "To keep up the kind of leadership he has demonstrated as a priest," he said.