|ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – February 11, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, 48, to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of the Military. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, made the announcement public earlier today in Washington, DC. Bishop-Elect Coyle is a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and currently serves as pastor of Corpus Christi parish, Mineola, New York.
Bishop-Elect Coyle will be ordained a bishop by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2013.
“While this means that the Diocese of Rockville Centre will be losing a fine priest and a very dedicated pastor, we, priests and all the faithful of our Diocese, can take pride that the Holy Father has turned to the Presbyterate of our Diocese to choose a bishop to serve the young men and women who defend our country and are true peacemakers around the world,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Bishop-Elect Coyle was born in Brooklyn in 1964, the son of Robert and Kathryn Coyle. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop McGann in 1991 and served as an associate pastor first in Saint Dominick parish, Oyster Bay and then in Saint Patrick parish, Glen Cove. In 1999 he was recalled to active duty.
“Today, I humbly accept the appointment of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to serve the people of God as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese for the Military Services,” said Bishop-Elect Coyle. “I look toward to assisting Archbishop Timothy Broglio in service to the people of this vast archdiocese. Ever grateful for the many members of the military family who have shaped my life over the last 25 years, I especially ask for the intercession of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, patroness of the Sea Services. In this Year of Faith, I now set out on a new course in service to Our Lord Jesus and His Church. May we pray for one another.”
Bishop-Elect Coyle is a decorated Navy chaplain and was a command chaplain aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier based out of Norfolk, VA. He has also served on the USS Harry Truman on deployment to the Persian Gulf, and as command chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. While assigned to the USS Eisenhower, Pope Benedict XVI named him a chaplain of honor with the title of Monsignor in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service caring for the spiritual needs of Catholics and others of all faiths in the U.S. Navy.
“Four years ago, he elected to return to the Diocese and I was happy to welcome him home and appoint him as Pastor of Corpus Christi parish in Mineola,” said Bishop Murphy. “In these four years he has had to face many pastoral challenges and has done so with a pastor’s heart and with priestly zeal. The parish is composed of families who have been in Mineola for many generations, many of them of Portuguese extraction, plus more newly arrived from Latin America, Asia and Africa. He will be sorely missed and not easy to replace.
“Yet as Bishop, it is with great pride in this my brother priest of this wonderful Diocese that I commend him to the Lord and to the protection of Mary, the Mother of Church as he undertakes this new mission of assisting Archbishop Broglio in the Military Archdiocese,” said Bishop Murphy.
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About the Archdiocese for the Military Services
The Archdiocese for the Military Services (www.milarch.org) was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the USA in 134 countries. Numerically, the AMS is responsible for more than 1.8 million men, women, and children.
About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1,737,498 baptized Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 134 parishes (1 campus parish) in 115 towns. In 2011, 16,318 baptisms, 16,296 confirmations, 17,123 First Holy Communions and 4,677 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 18,496 students in Catholic elementary schools; 12,328 students in Catholic high schools and 3,500 students in higher institutions. There are 53 Catholic elementary schools (49 parish or regional and 4 private), 10 high schools (3 diocesan, 2 parish and 5 private) and one Catholic college (Molloy College, Rockville Centre) in the diocese. Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island is comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with special needs. More than 17,500 employees and 4,600 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system. In 2011, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (09/12).
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